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Eric Blinn/Julia Mouch Earn SAAC September Athletes of the Month

Oct. 6 – BETHANY, W. Va. – Junior wide receiver Eric Blinn (Beaver, Pa./Western Beaver) and junior libero Julia Mouch (Toledo, Ohio/Sylvania Southview) have been named the Bethany College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s Athletes of the Month for September, announced the Bethany SAAC on Monday.

Blinn had a solid first month for the Green & White, ranking first in the PAC in both receptions per game (9.0) and receiving yards per contest (97.8). Over his last two games of the month (both victories), Blinn has totaled 282 yards and two scores. His last contest was his best of the year, as he hauled in 12 catches for 145 yards and a touchdown. During that game, Blinn also surpassed the career record for receptions in Bison history and now stands at 181 total catches. During the Green & White’s three-game winning streak, Blinn has averaged 10 catches for 122 yards and a touchdown. With his numbers so far this year, Blinn currently ranks as the career active leader in all of Division III in catches per game (7.5) and receiving yards per contest (103.4).

Mouch has been a driving force defensively for the Bison, helping the Green & White to an 11-6 record and 5-1 start in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference through their first 17 contests. During the month, Mouch has racked up a few awards, including PAC Player of the Week, ECAC Southwest Region Libero of the Week, and SAAC Athlete of the Week. She was also named the Co-Defensive MVP at the BSN River City Volleyball Tournament hosted by Marietta College. Along with those accolades, she also obtained an All-Tournament Team award at the Purple Raider Classic hosted by the University of Mount Union. So far this season, Mouch has registered 322 digs and 5.96 digs per set, both of which lead the PAC. She also ranks 16th in the nation in digs per set through the first month of the season. In 17 matches, Mouch has totaled double-digit digs on 16 occasions. Six of those times she has posted more than 20 in a match, with three of those marks reaching the 30-dig plateau. She posted her career high 36 in a five-set match against John Carroll on August 30.  

Other men that were considered included freshman soccer player, Ryan Power (Sydney, Australia/Lisarow), as well as football players, senior punter Stephen Amic (McDonald, Pa./West Allegheny), junior linebacker Larry Kpahedyea (Monrovia, Md./Gaithersburg), sophomore defensive end Khallid Pierce (Youngstown, Ohio/Ursuline) and sophomore quarterback, Brian Vales (Pittsburgh, Pa./Avonworth). Other women were freshman soccer standout, Michaela Hinerman (Weirton, W.Va./Brooke), junior field hockey athletes Courtney Gill (Little Egg Harbor, N.J./Pinelands Regional) and Taylor Solomon (Beltsville, Md./Elizabeth Seton), as well as senior cross country runner, Rhianna Petrone (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan).