ST. LOUIS -- Seth Sinovic of Creighton and Bethany Russ of Illinois State University have been selected the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. Sinovic and Russ were honored for their performances during the period of September 10-16. Now in its ninth year of existence, The Valley’s Scholar-Athlete program is sponsored by Prairie Farms, Roberts and Hiland Dairies. On a weekly basis, the Conference honors its student-athletes for their athletic performance for a one-week period and academic success in the classroom.
"Our continued corporate partnership with Prairie Farms provides an important vehicle by which to honor our top student-athletes," said Commissioner Elgin, who is in his 20th year with The Valley. "Our student-athletes are the league’s best representatives, and we’re happy to recognize Seth (Sinovic) and Bethany (Russ) for their athletic and academic achievements."
A defender for the Creighton men’s soccer team, Sinovic, a junior from Leawood, Kan., earned Missouri Valley Conference defensive player-of-the-week honors after collecting all-tournament team honors at the Saint Louis Nike Classic on Sept. 13 and 15.
Sinovic, who has a 3.08 cumulative grade-point average in economics, helped lead the Bluejay defense in CU’s 2-1 victory over second-ranked Indiana, holding the Hoosiers to just seven shots and only two on goal, on Sept. 13. Sinovic also aided the Jays’ defense in a 1-0 overtime triumph versus Loyola Marymount on Sept. 15.
A forward for the Illinois State women’s soccer team, Russ, a senior from Grayslake, Ill., received Missouri Valley Conference offensive player-of-the-week laurels after tying school records for goals and points in a single match during the Redbirds’ 4-0 win over Morehead State on Sept. 16.
Russ, who has a 3.54 cumulative grade-point average in health education, scored three second-half goals -- her first career multi-goal match and the fifth hat trick in ISU history -- to propel the Birds. She is now tied for the team lead in goals (three) and points (seven).
To qualify for Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week laurels, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing. In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes will be evaluated on their athletic performance for a one-week period.