Abbey, Christner earn Athlete of the Week honors

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2002-09-09
Huntington, Ind.— The Huntington College athletic department announced its Athletes of the Week for the week of Sept. 2 - 8, 2002. Women’s soccer senior Erin Abbey and men’s tennis senior Michael Christner earned the first-ever Athlete of the Week honors for the Foresters.

Abbey, an educational ministries major from Millbury, Ohio, led the women’s soccer team to a 2-0 record for the week. She administered two assists in the Foresters’ 3-0 victory over St. Mary of the Woods on Sept. 5, and followed that performance with two goals and one assist in the MCC Conference opener victory versus Grace, 4-2, on Sept. 7. Her seven-point week followed a career-high five goals in the 8-0 season-opener victory over Bluffton College on Aug. 31. The women’s soccer team is currently 3-0 overall, 1-0 in the conference. Abbey is also an NAIA All-American track and field runner for the Foresters, a two-time NAIA All-America Scholar Athlete, a member of Alpha Chi, a member of Chi Alpha Sigma (the athletic honor society at HC), and a four-time Dean’s List honoree.

Christner, an elementary education major from Shipshewana, Ind., was a key member to the men’s tennis 2-0 record for the week. He retired his St. Joseph opponent 6-1, 6-0, on Sept. 3 and his Tri-State opponent, 6-7, 6-1, 7-5, on Sept. 5 at no. 3 singles. Christner teamed with Kachinga Sinkala in no. 1 doubles to take two victories over the St. Joseph and Tri-State opponents, 8-1 each. The men’s tennis team is currently 2-0 on the season. Christner is a member of the 2001-02 15-2 men’s tennis squad that earned the prestigious HC Academic Excellence Award with a team grade point average of 3.453. He is also a three-time Dean’s List honoree.

The Huntington College Foresters compete in 14 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past six years, Huntington has produced 38 All-America honors and 60 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 60 academic concentrations. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in Huntington, Indiana.

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