University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball player Brittany Looker (Jr., OH, Rochester, Minn.) and football player Tyler Hansen (Jr., DB/P, Morris, Minn.) were selected as the UMC Teambackers Student-Athletes of the Week for the period stretching from Oct. 3-9. Looker played a major part in UMC’s split with No. 1 Concordia University, St. Paul and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference perennial power Minnesota State University, Mankato. Hansen was integral on special teams and defense as the Golden Eagles ended a 14-game losing streak against Bemidji State University in a 16-14 win. This is the second time this season Looker has earned the award, while she is one of three volleyball players to win the honor so far this season. This is Hansen’s first time earning the award while he is the third football player to be honored.
Looker had one of her strongest weekends overall as a Golden Eagle, not necessarily on the stat sheet but with her play overall against two strong NSIC programs. Looker averaged 4.3 kills per set on the weekend as the Golden Eagles split with No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul and Minnesota State, losing 3-0 to the Golden Bears and winning a decisive 3-0 match over perennial NSIC power Minnesota State. On Friday, Looker played one of her best matches of her career as she was one of the best players on the court against e six-time defending National Champion Golden Bears. Looker had 14 kills and hit .256 for the match. Looker averaged 4.6 kills per set. She had seven kills alone in the second set in which UMC tested Concordia sending the set to the wire where they lost just 25-23. Against the Mavericks, she led the Golden Eagles with 12 kills for four kills per set and hit .171 as UMC dominated Minnesota State to get the sweep. Looker was also strong on the block on the weekend with one solo block versus the Mavericks and two against the Golden Bears.
Hansen’s gritty performance amid severe conditions epitomized the game for UMC against Bemidji State as it was played in the muddiest of conditions after heavy rain pounded the area Friday night and Saturday morning. The junior had seven punts for 32.4 yard average in a wet environment with a long of 55 and two punts inside the 20 yard line including burying the Beavers at the three-yard line with under two minutes remaining which ultimately led to safety by Hansen tackling Avery Walker in the end zone. Hansen also had a converted fake punt which he ran for two yards for a first down for the Beavers, as well as a blocked punt off BSU’s Zach Pulkinen as the man was everywhere for the Golden Eagles helping UMC to a 16-14 win over Bemidji State to end a 14-game drought against the Beavers and capture the “Hub Cap Trophy” for the first-time ever in the 10 years the two schools have been playing for it.
Page 2 of 2 - The weekly honor is in just the fifth week of existence and will recognize a male and female student-athlete who stands out for their performance either on the court or in the field of play or in the classroom. The honor will be awarded every Wednesday of the week.