Former Unity standouts receive Conference Players of the Year awards

Former Unity standouts receive Conference Players of the Year awards
2015 Unity grad, Kendra Zwart, was named the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference’s Player of the Year this week. The former Sader now Golden Eagle, led the entire country in blocks during the regular season with 192. She also added 342 kills while helping lead Cornerstone to a 30-7 regular season record and a tie for first place in the WHAC standings at 15-1. The Cornerstone volleyball team has won 21 games in a row and they will look to make it 22 in a row tomorrow night in the WHAC Conference Tournament Semi-Finals against Madonna at Lourdes University.
Former Unity soccer player Stephan Hooker, senior at Calvin College, was named the MIAA Mens Soccer MVP today. Hooker scored 5 goals and added 3 assists in MIAA play this season while helping lead the Knights to a regular season and conference tournament championship. Calvin has a 18-2 overall record and will begin their NCAA tournament play tomorrow against Northern Ohio at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
Bethany Balcer has picked up her 2nd consecutive Crossroads League Player of the Year for the Spring Arbor Cougars. The 2015 Unity grad, led the conference in goals (22), assists (11), and points (55) this season. She has helped lead SAU to a 17-0-1 record and a #1 ranking in the national poll for the entire season. Balcer’s teammate and 2014 Unity alum, Aubrey Schierbeek, also garnered Offensive Player of the Year for the Crossroads League with 7 goals and 9 assists on the season. The Cougars will play in the Crossroads League tournament final this Saturday against Marion at Spring Arbor.

Holly Van Noord has recieved her second Big South Defensive Player of the Year honor. The redshirt senior was also named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. In addition with her selection to the Big South All-Conference first team, the goalkeeper has now been named all-conference each of her four seasons at Liberty. Van Noord was also selected to the first team in 2014 and to the second in 2013 and 2015. The 2016 Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, the redshirt senior leads the conference with a 0.80 goals-against average and .866 save percentage. She enters the weekend second in the conference in shutouts with seven, and has not allowed a goal over her last 482:01 of play.