Sept. 3, 2012
CHICAGO - Cross country runner Sam Penzenstadler (Oshkosh, Wis./Oshkosh West) and women's volleyball outside hitter Anna Eytchison (Columbia, Ill./Columbia/Dayton) have been selected as Loyola University Chicago's Male and Female Athlete of the Month, respectively, for the month of August.
Penzenstadler, a sophomore on the Loyola cross country team, earned medalist honors at the season-opening Illini Challenge hosted by the University of Illinois, August 31. Completing the 6K course in 18:31, Penzenstadler placed first out of 71 runners, edging Illinois' Tommy King for first place as the Ramblers finished second as a team behind only the Fighting Illini.
Last spring, Penzenstadler was named the Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Running Newcomer of the Year after capturing the outdoor title in the 1,500m and placing third in the 800m at the Horizon League Outdoor Championships in May. During the 2011 cross country campaign, Penzenstadler earned Second Team All-Horizon League accolades as a freshman after grabbing eighth place at the Horizon League Cross Country Championships.
Eytchison, a graduate student, made quite an impression in her first tournament as a member of the Loyola women's volleyball team after transferring from the University of Dayton. The 6-foot-3 outside hitter was named Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week after the opening weekend of competition thanks to her efforts in helping the Ramblers claim the championship without dropping a set at the La Salle Invitational, August 25-26.
In four matches at the La Salle Invitational, Eytchison racked up 59 kills (4.92 kills per set), hitting .292, while also chipping in 25 digs, eight blocks and seven service aces. Making her Loyola debut August 25, Eytchison slammed 21 kills and hit .485 in the Ramblers' season-opening victory over Manhattan, then followed that up with a 17-kill, six-dig, five-ace performance later in the day in a sweep of Niagara. She also totaled a match-high 13 kills and pitched in seven digs and four blocks in a 3-0 victory over host La Salle August 26.