The University of Victoria Vikes Varsity Council is pleased to announce the winners of the athletes and team of the month awards for the month of October, 2018. The council would like to congratulate second-year women’s field hockey player Anna Mollenhauer, third-year men’s golfer Josh Miller and the Vikes women’s rugby team on being awarded October’s athlete and team of the month awards.
MALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
Josh Miller, Men’s Golf
Josh Miller has finished as the top Vike in every tournament Victoria has participated in so far this season. Most recently, Miller shot a 4-under-par 136 to finish first at the annual Vikes Shootout on Oct. 15-16. Miller’s score helped guide the Vikes men’s golf team to a fourth-straight Vikes Shootout title. The Victoria natives next best finish was second-place back in September at the Northwest Christian Invitational held in Eugene, Ore.
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
Anna Mollenhauer, Field Hockey
Second-year defender Anna Mollenhauer was named the Female Athlete of the Month after being the eighth Vikes player to win the Canada West Player of the Year award in women’s field hockey. In 2017, Mollenhauer won the Canada West Rookie of the Year and is only the second Vike to follow up that award with the Player of the Year title in the following season. The Vikes were crowned Canada West champions after finishing on top of the table ahead of Calgary and UBC. Mollenhauer capped off her historic season by being named the U SPORTS Play of the Year and helped the Vikes capture their 12thnational title over York University.
TEAM OF THE MONTH
The Vikes women’s rugby team finished in second place in the Canada West standings in the 2018 regular season with a 3-2 record. Victoria defeated the UBC Thunderbirds by a score of 26-0 on Oct. 19 in the Canada West semi finals to clinch a spot at the U SPORTS National Championships and a chance to earn a Canada West championship banner. The Vikes came up short in Canada West finals against the Calgary Dinos, taking home a silver medal for the third straight year. Victoria went on to finish fifth at the U SPORTS National Championships held in Wolfville, N.S.