A.I.I. News
10.15.2012 - [NAIA Independents]
CSUSM's Ryan VanDenburg
CSUSM's Ryan VanDenburg

Ashford University's Morgan Martells and California State-San Marcos' Ryan VanDenburg have earned top honors in the Association of Independent Institutions this week as Martells has been named Female Athlete of the Week, while VanDenburg has been named the Male Athlete of the Week for the week of Oct. 8-14.

Martells, a sophomore middle hitter from Sterling, Ill., put down 41 kills during four matches at the 2012 Big Guns Classic hosted by the University of St. Francis. She took 115 attack attempts while committing just 10 errors in helping the Saints to a 3-1 record which included a win over No. 21 Cornerstone University (Mich.). She also finished with 16 blocks and eight digs in the tournament.

VanDenburg, a junior from Huntington Beach, Calif., helped Cal State-San Marcos snap a five-match losing streak with a hat trick in a victory over Marymount College (Calif.). VanDenburg scored the Cougars' first three goals en route to a 5-1 victory. He hit from 25 yards out in the 5th minute of action and followed with a wide-open header off a corner kick in the 23rd. He finished his scoring on a penalty kick in the 49th minute.

A.I.I. Male Athletes of the Week

Sept. 2, 2012

Winner: Gus Ramasco, Jamestown College, Football

Sept. 9, 2012

Winner: Ken Eliacin, Valley City State University, Football

Sept. 17, 2012

Winner: George Gauld, Jamestown College, Soccer

Sept. 24, 2012

Winner: Chein Hau-Tan, Ashford University, Golf

Oct. 1, 2012

Winner: Derek Elliott, Valley City State University, Football

Oct. 8, 2012

Winner: Derek Elliott, Valley City State University, Football

Oct. 15, 2012

Winner: Ryan VanDenburg, California State University-San Marcos, Soccer

A.I.I. Female Athletes of the Week

Sept 2, 2012

Winner: Hollie Babut, Ashford University, Soccer

Sept. 9, 2012

Winner: Kristen DiPaola, Dakota State University, Volleyball

Sept. 17, 2012

Winner: Danielle Tombolato, Ashford University, Volleyball

Sept. 24, 2012

Winner: Sarah Becker, Jamestown College, Volleyball

Oct. 1, 2012

Winner: Sarah Becker, Jamestown College, Volleyball

Oct. 8, 2012

Winner: Aleona Reyes, Jamestown College, Cross Country

Oct. 15, 2012

Winner: Morgan Martells, Ashford University, Volleyball