BVU Trio Earns Weekly IIAC Accolades

Three Buena Vista student-athletes have been recognized for their respective play out on the court and field this past week by landing Iowa Conference Performer of the Week accolades.

Wide receiver, TJ Lint, has been named this week’s Iowa Conference Male Athlete of the Week.

Lint turned in 191 yards receiving on 12 catches, including a pair of touchdowns, to help lift BVU to a thrilling 44-41 victory at the University of Dubuque on Saturday.  He had two receptions for a combined 33 yards that helped set up BVU’s game-winning score with 17 seconds left.

His 191 yards are the most in any game by an IIAC player this season and gives him 1,900 career receiving yards which moves him into fourth on the programs all-time list.  It was his first double-digit total for receptions in a game this season as he also moved into fourth on the all-time receptions list with 126.

Lint scored the game’s first points with a five-yard touchdown grab from quarterback Cole Miller with 5:16 left 1st quarter before adding an 11-yard score late in the first half which gave BVU a 20-7 lead.

He averaged 15.9 yards per catch on the day, including his longest reception of 46 yards.

Beaver football now has a pair of Male Athletes of the Week this season (Cole Miller), and this marks the first time Lint has earned IIAC recognition in his career.

Buena Vista is now 3-2 overall (2-2 IIAC) and will step out of conference play this Saturday for a non-conference game at Washington University (Mo.) (1-5) at 1:00pm.

Junior Serena Sandvig had a career week and has earned the IIAC Volleyball Offensive Performer of the Week accolades while senior Jade Schaap was named the Defensive Performer of the Week.

Sandvig turned in her first three career double-digit kill totals to help the Beavers go 3-0.  Against Loras College on Friday night, she led all players with a career-high 12 kills while making just one error over 21 total attempts.  She followed that up with 10 kills and six total blocks during the team’s thrilling five-set victory against Dubuque on Saturday afternoon.  For the week, she totaled 33 kills and just five errors on 61 total attempts and recorded nine total blocks.

Schaap, meanwhile, had a solid week offensively, but also came up big with her defensive play as well.  She was second on the team with 30 digs and seven total blocks over the three matches while also finishing third with 32 kills.  She finished the week with a double-double of 13 kills and 17 digs against the Spartans while also posting six total blocks.  She now sits 26 kills shy of 1,800 in her career and 26 digs shy of 1,300.

It marks the first time in Sandvig’s career she has earned such honors and the first Beaver to land offensive accolades since Maddie Bardole on October 4, 2015.  Schaap, meanwhile, lands recognition for the third time, but the first since 2014 when she was a freshman.  The two are the first BVU players to earn such honors this season.

Buena Vista is now 13-9 overall (3-3 IIAC) and has won seven of its last nine matches overall.  The three home wins this past week move them to 5-0 inside of Siebens Fieldhouse this year and 17-5 since the start of 2014.  The team will look to keep the home court advantage going on Tuesday night when it hosts Central College in an Iowa Conference match at 7pm.

(story courtesy of BVU sports)