SCIAC Athletes of the Week: October 9, 2017

SCIAC Athletes of the Week: October 9, 2017
SCIAC Fall Weekly Release #5
Football Athlete of the Week
Aseal Birir
Senior • Running Back • Novato, California


Birir was tremendous on the ground for Pomona-Pitzer in a 43-41 loss to Cal Lutheran. Birir racked up 275 rushing yards which set a Sagehens’ single-game rushing record, and found the endzone five times. The Novato, Calif. native had a long TD run of 60 yards in the second quarter, and a 23-yard scamper in the fourth quarter. He also scored on runs of five, three and one yards as he accounted for all but one of Pomona-Pitzer’s six scores on the day. 

Men's Soccer Athlete of the Week
Kai Howe
Junior • Forward • Tokyo, Japan


Howe directed Chapman to a 2-0 week which featured a pair of 2-0 SCIAC victories for the Panthers. Chapman defeated Occidental, 2-0 before besting Caltech by the same margin. Howe scored three of the team’s four goals during the two-game stretch, including both markers against the Beavers, as well as what proved to be the game-winning tally against the Tigers. Howe fired a combined 10 shots on frame during the week with seven of them on target. 

Women's Soccer Athlete of the Week
Sydney Talmi
Junior • Defender/Midfielder • Granite Bay, Calif.


Talmi helped pace CMS to a 1-0-1 week highlighted by a 2-1 victory over Redlands, and a 0-0 double-overtime draw with La Verne. Talmi was an essential component of the Athenas’ backline which allowed just one goal in a span of 200 minutes as the defender helped break up multiple attacks over the course of two matches. The shutout against the Leopards was the third of the season for CMS, with all three clean sheets coming against SCIAC opponents. 

Volleyball Athlete of the Week
Makenzie Thieme
Junior • Outside Hitter • Corona, California


Thieme led Whittier to a 3-1 week, which included an upset win over No. 14 La Verne in five sets. Whittier then followed going 2-1 during the La Verne Invite which featured wins against Austin (3-1) and UC Santa Cruz (3-0). Thieme combined for 57 kills and 38 digs over the four-match stretch, and hit at an impressive .346 clip against the Leopards. Thieme floored 26 kills against La Verne and averaged 3.56 kills per set during the week. The junior from Corona, Calif. added 15 kills and 10 digs in a 3-1 setback to Scranton. 

Men's Water Polo Athlete of the Week
Noah Deer
Senior • Attack • Honolulu, Hawai'i


Deer guided CMS to a 3-2 week on the strength of 15 goals. The Stags topped conference foe La Verne, 18-8, and earned wins over Conn. College (17-10) and Concorida (12-11). CMS’s two losses came to Johns Hopkins (14-13 OT), and Air Force. Against La Verne and Conn. College, Deer netted three goals in each contest before firing in nine of the Stags’ 13 goals against Johns Hopkins.