November 9, 2008
MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at Northern Michigan University announces the October Athletes of the Month. Selected as the Female Athlete of the Month was Caryn VanBeckum from the volleyball team and Nathan Yelk from the football team was chosen as the Male Athlete of the Month.
VanBeckum, a senior from DePere, Wis., was selected as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division Play of the Week on Oct. 13 for her play the previous weekend against Northwood and Wayne State. For the two matches, both wins, VanBeckum registered 30 kills for a .510 hitting percentage and six blocks. For the month she had 128 kills (3.37 k/s), three assists, five service aces, 25 digs, 13 block solos, 16 block assists for 29 total blocks.
Yelk, a junior from Arlington, Wis., was also selected as a GLIAC Player of the Week during October. He was named the GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 27 for his performance against Findlay the previous Saturday. Against the Oilers, Yelk tallied 17 total tackles, including 14 solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles-for loss (-8 yards) in the ‘Cats 29-21 win. During October, Yelk had 47 total tackles (37 solo and 10 assisted), five tackles-for-loss (-21 yards), one sack (-5 yards) and one interception.
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