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SAAC Players of the Month and Spotlight Honors for September

Oct. 16, 2013

CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina University's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) today announced men's golfer J.T. Poston and women's soccer's Kelly Pannell as the Male and Female SAAC Players of the Month for September. Also, women's volleyball player Addy George and men's basketball player Tawaski King were named SAAC Spotlight Athlete for September.

Poston, a junior from Hickory, N.C, won back-to-back tournaments in the month of September. He carded a three round total of 205 to win the Golfweek Program Challenge Sept. 8-10. He came back two weeks later to capture the title at the Cardinal Intercollegiate with a three-round total of 207 Sept. 23-24.

Pannell, a sophomore forward from Sale Creek, Tenn., scored the first four goals of her career in the month of September. In the first four games of September, Pannell scored all the goals for Western Carolina in its matches. She had a game-winning goal and scored both goals for the Catamounts in the 2-0 win over Western Kentucky.

George, a junior middle blocker from Aberdeen, N.C., was honored as the female spotlight student-athlete for tremendous effort balancing a very demanding schedule on the women's volleyball team as well as work in her major in nursing. King, a senior forward from Dublin, Ga., spent the summer working with incoming freshmen helping to develop WCU pride as well as reading to school children at Kneedler Child Care Center.

Each month a male and female player in season will be chosen who has had the best statistics and biggest impact on the team as SAAC Player of the Month which is voted on by the SAAC members.

SAAC Spotlight Athlete of the Month is presented to the male or female Student-Athlete that has excelled in athletics, academics, leadership, and service in their community for the previous month. It is awarded to the athlete that does more than what they are asked on a daily bases and do all they can to improve the image of their team and catamount athletics. It is meant to bring recognition to an athlete for their off the field accomplishments more than their on the field accomplishments. An Athlete can be either in or out of season.