Wednesday, October 22, 2014

OU's Gingery selected NAIA player of week

By The Herald Staff | 10/23/2013

WICHITA – Three Ottawa University student-athletes have been named Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference players of the week.   Zack Hanks (men’s soccer), Annie Kessler (women’s soccer) and Nicole Gingery (volleyball) have all earned the honor.

Gingery was the NAIA national player of the week.

WICHITA – Three Ottawa University student-athletes have been named Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference players of the week.   Zack Hanks (men’s soccer), Annie Kessler (women’s soccer) and Nicole Gingery (volleyball) have all earned the honor.

Gingery was the NAIA national player of the week.

Gingery, a senior middle blocker from Lincoln, Neb., was named KCAC volleyball player and hitter of the week. In three victories last week, Gingery had 41 kills in 62 attempts with only seven errors for a .548 hitting percentage. That is an average of 4.5 kills per set and 13.6 kills per match.

Gingery has had three straight matches now with a hitting percentage over .500. She finished the week with two service aces, four digs, and five block assists.

For the season, she leads the team in kills (221) and hitting percentage (.307) and is second on the team in total blocks (42). She ranks 49th in the NAIA in hitting percentage (.307).

She was selected out of a pool of conference player of the week selections among 23 conferences and independents.

Hanks, a senior from Topeka, earned men’s soccer offensive player of the week. The forward had two goals and one assist in two come from behind wins for Ottawa’s soccer team last week.

His goal in the 3-1 victory over the University of Saint Mary Spires on Wednesday was scored in the 71st minute of play to tie up the game, 1-1. He headed the ball in on a cross by Tyler Smith. Hanks then assisted on Ottawa’s third goal by Rafael Ramirez.

In Ottawa’s 2-1 victory over Sterling on Friday, Hanks headed the ball past Sterling keeper Nick Seeley off of a pass from Andres Perez in the 88th minute of play to give Ottawa the 2-1 victory.

Before this season, Hanks had been a keeper. This is his first season playing forward.

Kessler, a sophomore defender from Paola, was named KCAC women’s soccer defensive player of the week. In two wins last week, she spearheaded a defense that had two shutouts and only allowed a total of eight shots (1 by Saint Mary, 7 by Sterling). She scored from 40 yards out in Ottawa’s 5-0 victory over the Saint Mary.

The volleyball and soccer teams play at home Saturday against Southwestern.

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