Four Vikings Earn Weekly Heart Honors

Posted April 10, 2017


Marshall, Mo. (April 10, 2017)-  Four Missouri Valley College student-athletes were chosen for weekly awards by the Heart of America Athletic Conference in their respective sports, sweeping the tennis and golf awards.


Junior Abdul Alhamzawi (Pompano Beach, Fla.) was named the Heart Men’s Tennis Player of the Week, and Senior Lilian Blasque (Andradina, Brazil) earned the Heart Women’s Tennis Player of the Week award.  Alhamzawi helped the Vikings to a 3-1 record in matches last week, topping Lindenwood (Ill.) University-Belleville, Grand View (Iowa) University and Baker (Kan.) University.  The loss came to NCAA Division II Northwest Missouri State University.  Alhamzawi finished with a 4-3 record in No. 1 singles and No. 1 double competition.  Blasque earned her award after guiding MVC to victories over Grand View and Baker.  She went 1-1 as the No. 1 singles player, and 2-0 in No. 2 doubles matches.


Alhamzawi earned the second weekly award of the season, and his career.  Blasque also earned the second weekly award of 2017, in addition to the eighth weekly award of her career.  The Viking men’s tennis team is 10-4 on the season, while the women’s team is 9-3.  Both tennis teams host William Jewell (Mo.) University in matches Wednesday at 3 p.m.


Senior Kaz Sakai (Palm Desert, Calif.) and Freshman Emma Sperry (Garnerville, Nev.) swept the golf awards, after competing at the MVC Spring Invitational last week.  Sakai picked up the Heart Men’s Golfer of the Week award for the second time in his career after winning the MVC Spring Invitational with a two-round score of -3 (141).  Sakai shot the low-round of any golfer, finishing with a -3 (69) in the first round, and won the event by three strokes.  Sperry earned her first Heart Women’s Golfer of the Week award after shooting the lowest rounds of the tournament, +11 (73), to win the tournament by eight strokes.  Both led their respective teams to championships at the event.


The women’s golf team will next be in action April 17-18 at the William Penn (Iowa) University Invite in Oskaloosa, Iowa.  The men’s team competes at the NCMC Spring Invite in Trenton, Mo., April 19.




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