Nov. 10 – BETHANY, W. Va. – Sophomore volleyball standout Dakota Mckenzie (Hopewell, Ohio /West Muskingum) and senior punter Stephen Amic (McDonald, Pa./West Allegheny) have been named the Bethany College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s Athletes of the Month for October, announced the Bethany SAAC on Monday.
McKenzie became just the fourth Bison in Bethany history to eclipse 400 kills during the month of October. She accomplished the feat in a 19-kill effort on Oct. 30 against Westminster in a 3-1 victory. McKenzie totaled 258 kills in the month, while hitting .217 and adding 33.0 blocks. She helped the Bison to a 14-6 record, including an 11-1 mark in the PAC, to help Bethany finish tied at the top of the conference standings at 16-2. McKenzie totaled double-digit kills in 15 of the 20 matches, and eclipsed the 20-kill total twice during the month. She posted a high of 25 kills in a four-set win over Saint Vincent on Oct. 4. McKenzie was also named PAC Player of the Week on Oct. 6.
Amic posted all-american type numbers during the Bison's previous five contests. Bethany posted a 3-2 record during the month, with Amic helping the Green & White control the field position battle. The conference's leading punter, Amic totaled 34 punts, averaging 41.9 yards per kick. Seven times Amic punted the ball 50+ yards, while placing almost 33 percent of his kicks inside the opponents' 20-yard line. His top game came in a 19-7 win over Carnegie Mellon, when he averaged 45.4 yards per punt over five kicks. For that performance, Amic was named to the D3football.com National Team of the Week.
Others that were nominated for the women included volleyball athlete sophomore Dylana McKenzie (Hopewell, Ohio /West Muskingum), senior cross country runner Rhianna Petrone (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) and sophomore swimmer Christine Pray (Canton, Mich./Canton). Others for the men included junior football players Donavan Hayden (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) and Nadim Raddar (Laurel, Md./Old Mill) as well as junior swimmer Brandon Martell (Sharon, Pa./Sharon) and sophomore Cody Hussey (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck).