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Five Dordt athletes garner athlete-of-the-week awards

By Mike Byker

Five Dordt College athletes were honored this fall with athlete-of-the-week honors by the Great Plains Athletic Conference. In a 13-team conference, these honors are difficult to come by and reflect strong play by the individual.

Kempers

Kempers

Jen Kempers, a senior from Sioux Center, was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference/Hauff MidAmerica Sports female Runner-of-the-Week in cross country for her performance during the week of September 1.

Kempers, a 2007 NAIA Cross-Country All-American and two-time national meet qualifier, won the Dakota Wesleyan Invite on Friday, September 5, with a time of 18:35 at the Wild Oak Golf Course. The race was a 5,000 meter competition and was Kempers’ second win of the season, with her first coming in the 2.5 mile race hosted by Dordt on August 30.

Rempel

Rempel

Jared Rempel, a senior from Chilliwack, British Columbia, was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference Golfer-of-the-Week for his performance at the Briar Cliff Invite held on September 22 and 23.

Rempel placed second overall with a two-round total of 145. Rempel shot a 73 at the Dakota Dunes Country Club in North Sioux City, South Dakota, and then followed that with a round-two total of 72 at Green Valley in Sioux City, Iowa. Rempel’s play helped the Defenders to a first place finish in the event.

Rempel is a two-time All-GPAC selection and was an NAIA Scholar-Athlete last season. He is averaging a 75.2 score per round and will likely break Dordt’s record for career-scoring average at the conclusion of the season in the spring. Rempel was also an American Collegiate Hockey Association Division III All-Region and All-American in 2008.

Potgeter

Potgeter

Kendra Potgeter, a sophomore from Byron Center, Michigan, and Dorinda Hibma, a sophomore from Sioux Center, earned weekly honors from the Great Plains Athletic Conference for their play from September 22 to 28.

Potgeter earned the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Volleyball Player-of-the-Week honors after averaging 4.06 kills per set as the Defenders beat Briar Cliff, Kansas Wesleyan, and #6 ranked Columbia. The Defenders’ lone loss that week was a 3-2 decision against #7 Bellevue. The 6-2 middle blocker was credited with 19 kills in the 3-1 win over Columbia and then put away another 21 in the loss to the Bellevue Bruins. This was the second time this season Potgeter has won the weekly honor.

Hibma

Hibma

Hibma took the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Volleyball Libero-of-the-Week honors after averaging 5.44 digs per set in the same four matches. Hibma had a match-high 26 digs against Columbia and matched that total in the loss to Bellevue. Hibma was also 96-102 passing on serve receptions and fired off six ace serves.

Kate Du Mez, a junior from Brookfield, Wisconsin, was named the Hauff MidAmerica Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Player-of-the-Week for her play in two Dordt College wins between September 30 and October 4.

Du Mez

Du Mez

Du Mez was instrumental in wins over Northwestern and Dana as Dordt improved their conference record to 6-0 with the wins. In the 4-0 win over Northwestern, Du Mez knocked two in the back of the net. The midfielder followed that up with a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win over the Dana Vikings in a critical GPAC win on Saturday, October 4.

The women’s soccer team, under first-year head coach Dave Schenk, got off to a hot start with a 7-0 GPAC record in the middle of October. The Defenders had nine wins in a row since a season-opening loss to nationally-ranked Trinity College in late August. The 9-1 start for the Defenders is their best ten-game start in women’s soccer since Dordt began offering the sport in 1996.