Four Albion College student-athletes – Ami Milligan in volleyball, Colin Howard and Erik Vanfossen in men's soccer and men's swimmer Mac Robertson – were recognized by the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Monday with athlete of the week awards in their respective sports.
A setter from Alpena, Mich., Milligan was named the MIAA's Specialty Player of the Week for the second time this season. She reached double figures in assists and digs in all three matches last week, including 34 assists and 16 digs as the Britons upset No. 9-ranked Hope College last Tuesday. She also produced five kills and four block assists as Albion turned back MIAA rival Olivet College in five sets last Friday.
For the week, Milligan racked up 108 assists and 48 digs.
Milligan, one of four seniors on the volleyball roster, will take a bow this week as the Britons have home matches against Trine University (Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.) and Adrian College (Saturday at 5 p.m.).
Howard, a senior from Portage, Mich., and Vanfossen, a sophomore from Muskegon, Mich., were involved in the scoring during Albion's 1-0 victory at Hope last Saturday. Playing in transition after a Hope corner kick, Howard sent a crossing pass into the box that Vanfossen headed to the ground and into the goal. It was Vanfossen's sixth goal of the season, tying him with Kyle Bourlier for most on the team.
The Britons begin the week in position for a berth in the MIAA Tournament, but they have key league matches against Calvin College (at home Tuesday at 7 p.m.) and Kalamazoo College (away on Saturday at 7 p.m.).
A first-year swimmer from Zeeland, Mich., Robertson's collegiate career started Sept. 17 when he was the top Division III finisher in the Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America's Collegiate National Open Water Championship. Robertson finished 14th overall, completing the five kilometer course on Lone Star Lake in Lawrence, Kan., in an hour and six minutes.
Robertson set the tone for the Oct. 8 dual meet against Wabash College when he tracked down Little Giants sophomore Chris Dabrowski to win the 1,000-yard freestyle. Robertson completed the final 50 yards in 27.06 seconds to edge Dabrowski by two-tenths of a second. He also clocked a time of 5:02.58 to win the 500-yard freestyle during the meet.
During the MIAA Relays last Friday, Robertson was a member of the winning 200 and 500 freestyle teams.
The Britons will challenge the Division I squad from Ball State University Friday before diving in for a MIAA dual meet at Alma College on Saturday.