UCCS gets historic first as three athletes honored as RMAC players of the week

By Doug Fitzgerald published October 13, 2009

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs notched a historic first Tuesday when three Mountain Lion players in three different sports were all named players of the week by the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

UCCS Athletics has had players from two different sports named player of the week in the same week several times, but until this week had never had three. That's now happened as Cindy Bathelt from volleyball, Adam Liszewski from men's soccer and Kayla Millar from women's soccer were all named RMAC players of the week.

If it were ever going to happen, it would have been this past week. Mountain Lion teams combined to go 6-0 with volleyball winning three times, men's soccer twice and women's soccer once. It was the first time three UCCS teams had combined to win as many as six games without a loss in a single week.

Additionally, the wins this past week were statement makers. All three soccer victories were shutouts and the volleyball team won nine of the 10 sets it played.

Below are the individual releases for each of the honorees:

Cindy Bathelt, volleyball
Colorado Springs, Colo. / Florida (Pine Creek HS)

Cindy Bathelt of the surging University of Colorado at Colorado Springs volleyball team was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference setter of the week on Monday.

Bathelt contributed to the UCCS offense with 12.2 assists per set and a .416 hitting percentage (10-1-23) in three home wins against CSU-Pueblo, Adams State and Western State. She posted 45 assists against ASC, 39 against WSC and 38 against CSUP. Bathelt recorded two blocks each night against the Pack and the Mountaineers, and four against Adams State.

The sophomore transfer from the University of Florida has the UCCS offense humming. Over the past seven matches, the Mountain Lions have posted six of their top seven hitting percentages of the season. Over that span, UCCS is 6-1 with a .244 hitting mark compared to 6-6 and .169 over the first 12 matches.
assists per set

Bathelt's individual numbers have increased just as dramatically. Over the first 12 matches, she averaged 8.72 assists per set, compared to 10.96 per set over the past seven matches.

Bathelt is the first UCCS volleyball player to receive a player of the week honor this season.

Adam Liszewski, men's soccer
Mesa Ariz., / Gilbert-Chandler CC (Dobson HS)

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs goalkeeper Adam Liszewski was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference defensive player of the week, the conference announced Tuesday.

The junior from Mesa, Ariz., has had 186:34 consecutive scoreless minutes. His two straight shutouts against Colorado Christian (W, 3-0) and CSU-Pueblo (W, 1-0) led UCCS to its first two game-winning streak of the season. He posted two saves against CCU and three against CSUP.

For the season, Liszewski has three shutouts , a 1.93 goals against average and has a 69.2 save percentage.

Liszewski is the first UCCS men's soccer player to be named player of the week since Bryan Stoeber was named offensive player of the week way back on Sept. 4, 2007. The last Mountain Lion to be named defensive player of the week was Isaac Kostro on Oct. 3, 2006.

Kayla Millar, women's soccer
Broomfield, Colo. / Legacy HS

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs freshman Kayla Millar was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's women's soccer defensive player of the week, the conference announced Tuesday.

Millar, playing in relief of Mountain Lions starting goalkeeper Ashley Armstrong, recorded her second shutout of the season after notching seven saves against New Mexico Highlands in a 1-0 win.

She joins Armstrong as the only UCCS women's soccer players to be named players of the week this season. In 2008, UCCS' first season with women's soccer, then-goalkeeper Amie Kern was honored three times, meaning that all five UCCS player of the week awards since the inception of the women's soccer program have gone to goalkeepers.

Millar has now played in five matches this season, posting a 2-3 record and a 72.2 save percentage.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Bryan StoeberBryan Stoeber16F/MFr.
Bryan StoeberBryan Stoeber16F/MSo.
Adam LiszewskiAdam Liszewski24GK
Adam LiszewskiAdam Liszewski24GK
Adam LiszewskiAdam Liszewski24GK
Adam LiszewskiAdam Liszewski24GK
Amie KernAmie Kern1GK
Cindy BatheltCindy Bathelt16S
Cindy BatheltCindy Bathelt16S
Cindy BatheltCindy Bathelt16S
Kayla MillarKayla Millar2GK
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