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Jalen Holmes/Arielle Sanders Named Bethany SAAC Athletes of the Month

Nov. 9 – BETHANY, W. Va. – The Bethany College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has announced that junior running back Jalen Holmes (New Castle, Pa./New Castle) and junior volleyball standout Arielle Sanders (Maple Heights, Ohio/Maple Heights) have been named the Bethany SAAC Athletes of the Month for October.

Holmes ran wild on the Grove City defense in a 58-26 victory on October 31st. The junior totaled a career-high 341 yards rushing on 26 carries while scoring a career-best four touchdowns. In the span of the contest, Holmes shattered four records, including the Presidents’ Athletic Conference single-game rushing yardage record, previously held by Thomas More tailback Dominique Hayden (327).

Along with the conference record, Holmes knocked down three school marks. He bested the single-game rushing yardage record of 292, which was set by Ernie Whitted in 1969. The feature back also became the single-season rushing leader in school history in both touchdowns (14) and yardage (1,269). The touchdown mark broke Eric Walker’s 2012 record of 12, while Holmes’ yardage total surpassed Will Anderson’s 2002 mark of 1,186. 

Sanders helped the Bison volleyball team win 10 of their last 11 matches to finish the 2015 regular season. She led Bethany to eight conference wins during the month, including 3-0 sweeps of Chatham, Saint Vincent, Grove City, and Washington & Jefferson. Sanders hit .295 over the course of the month, collecting 83 kills and 38 blocks. The junior averaged nearly 1.0 blocks per set en route to finishing the 2015 regular season as the PAC’s top blocker (106.0).

Sanders notched a season-best nine blocks against Saint Vincent on October 10th. She also eclipsed double-digit kills, twice, including a career-high 15 kills with only one error in the regular season finale against Case Western Reserve University. 

Other nominees for Athlete of the Month for the men included soccer players Jack Waters (Epsom, United Kingdom/Glyn School) and Callum Appleby (Maidstone, United Kingdom/Maidstone), cross-country runner Jordan Castro (Wahiawa, Leilehua), along with senior Eric Blinn (Beaver, Pa./Western Beaver) and junior Tyler Ambush (Germantown, Md./Northwest). For the women, field hockey senior Courtney Gill (Little Egg Harbor, N.J./Pinelands Regional), tennis freshman Pia Hager (Stuttgart, Germany), and soccer goaltender Taylor Sasak (Berea, Ohio/Berea) and forward Brittany Fullbright (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) all received nominations.