Smelser, Vivas named Forester Athletes of Week

Huntington, Ind.—The Huntington University Athletic Department announced its Athletes of the Week for the week of October 1-7, 2007. Women’s volleyball sophomore Brittney Smelser and men’s tennis sophomore Gonzalo Vivas earned the honors for their outstanding efforts during the week’s competitions.

Brittney Smelser, a business management major from Huntington, Ind. (Huntington North High School), helped lead Huntington to a 2-0 record for the week. Smelser led the team in kills in both matches with 15 against Marian and 25 against Goshen including the game-winning putdown in the Foresters’ dramatic come-from-behind win. Smelser is leading the team with her 4.1 kills per game and 66 aces on the year. The Foresters next travel to Bethel College on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.

Gonzalo Vivas
Gonzalo Vivas, a business management major from Lima, Peru, had a strong performance on the tennis courts during the week. He won five of his six matches during the week. Vivas was one of just two winners against Indiana Wesleyan with his 6-4, 6-3 win at #2 singles. Against Franklin College, he teamed with Adam Widener for the 8-2 win at #1 doubles and he got the easy 6-2, 6-0 win in singles. In the Indiana Southeast match, Vivas and Widener were 8-1 winners at #2 doubles and Vivas won 5-7, 6-4, 10-6 in singles. The Foresters (6-7) conclude their fall season this week at the Mid-Central Conference Tournament on Oct. 11-13.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  


Heather Barkley
Director of Communications
Joanne Green
Sports Information Director