Former M-A placekicker earns Special Teams football honor


Macalester College placekicker Michael Abramson from Menlo-Atherton High has been named Midwest Conference Special Teams Performer of the Week for his role in the Scots' 34-17 win over 24th-ranked Carroll University on Saturday.

Abramson was perfect in the win over Carroll as he connected on four extra-point attempts and a pair of field goals, accounting for 10 of Macalester's 34 points. Both of his field goals gave the Scots 10-point leads, including a 19-yarder with 4:40 to play in the, making the score 27-17 to give his team a two-score lead.

With 40 points in eight games, he is tied for third in the conference in kick-scoring and has successfully executed an onside kick in each of the past two games, as the Scots are the only team in the conference recover any of their own onside kicks this season.

The award was Abramson's second of the season as he was also named the conference's Special Teams Performer of the Week after he kicked a game-winning, 31-yard field goal as time expired in Macalester's season-opening 17-14 win over Carleton.

Women's soccer

Middlebury College's Katherine Hobbs of Menlo Park has been named the NESCAC Player of the Week. Hobbs, a graduate of Castilleja, picked an opportune time to score her first career goal. The sophomore's tally in the 39th minute against Amherst proved to be the game-winning goal as Middlebury knocked off the Jeffs by a 1-0 score in a NESCAC quarterfinal playoff match.

The defending conference champion Jeffs will be making their 11th semifinal appearance in 15 years. Hobbs and the rest of her teammates will travel to Massachusetts on Saturday and take on Williams.

Women's volleyball

Sacred Heart Prep grad Sarah Daschbach had 10 digs and four aces as Princeton (7-3, 12-8) swept Cornell, 25-21, 25-22, 25-6 on Saturday and moved to within a game of Ivy League co-leaders Harvard and Yale.

In Claremont, No. 18 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (13-2, 22-5) secured a second-place SCIAC finish with Saturday night's 3-0 win over Chapman on Senior Night, 25-17, 25-20, 25-13. Palo Alto High grad Megan Coleman and Menlo-Atherton High grad Regina Mullen were honored as the team's graduating seniors.

Last week, Coleman was selected by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as the Sports Imports/AVCA Division III Women's Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 20-26. Against Cal Lu, Coleman had 24 digs and six assists with four of the digs coming in the decisive fifth set. For the week she totaled 68 digs and 10 assists in wins over Cal Lu (24 digs), at Pomona-Pitzer (21 digs) and Occidental (23 digs). Against Occidental she also had four service aces.

Coleman was the first representative this season from the NCAA Division III West Region to be selected as the AVCA D-III Player of the Week.

Elsewhere, Pomona-Pitzer honored its five seniors before Saturday's match with La Verne and came out with its best performance of the season, 25-22, 25-19, 25-20. The Sagehens conclude the regular season 19-9 overall and 11-5 in the SCIAC.

Senior All-American outside hitter Allie Frappier from Menlo School had 21 kills to lead the way. The final set, fittingly, ended with a Frappier kill. She also had 12 digs.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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