Tiffin, Ohio – April 26, 2011 – Seniors Andy Lowe (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll) and Brittany Donelan (North Olmsted, Ohio / North Olmsted) have been selected to represent Heidelberg University as its 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Clyde A. Lamb Scholar-Athlete Award honorees.
The Clyde A. Lamb Scholar-Athlete Award is presented annually to a single male and a single female from each of the 10 OAC institutions. The award winners will be honored at the OAC Spring Awards Banquet on May 16. Criteria for the award include at least two years participation in an OAC sponsored sport, senior status, a minimum grade point average of 3.00 and sportsmanlike conduct in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete and his or her institution.
Lowe is a right-handed closer on the baseball team and has helped to guide Heidelberg to the OAC Regular Season and Tournament titles in each of his first three years. A season ago, the Berg won the program’s first Mideast Regional and made an appearance at the NCAA Baseball Championships. On the diamond he is an ABCA and D3Baseball.com All-American, along with a three-time all-region honoree. He was named the 2010 Mideast Region Pitcher of the Year and had been tabbed the OAC Kent Tekulve Pitcher of the Year for two years running. Lowe is also a three-time All-OAC pick. Heidelberg is currently ranked in the top-10 in the nation and in the heart of its league schedule.
In his final year, Lowe has moved atop the NCAA Division III record book for career saves. Entering the year he had 30 and topped the record of 35 at the start of OAC play. Currently he has 42 and is the only active player on the NCAA career saves list. At the Berg Lowe is the career saves leader and has set a new single season saves record every year and heading into the week of April 25 he has 12, which ties his record he set a year ago. Also in the Heidelberg single season record book Lowe owns the lowest earned run average.
Lowe is an accounting major and had earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District IV and Academic All-OAC teams. He has earned the Heidelberg Bill Landess Scholar-Athlete Award for maintaining a 3.0 gpa during his season of competition and has been a mainstay on the Dean’s List.
Lowe is active in the community and participates in Adopt-a-Road trash pick-up. He took part in the Global Investment Research Competition last fall and is on the marketing search committee.
Donelan has helped to guide the Heidelberg volleyball program to new heights during her four-year career. Heidelberg has emerged into the national rankings en route to bringing home the 2009 and 2010 OAC Regular Season trophies. In her final campaign the Berg swept the OAC trophies, which marked the first time the Berg had won the OAC Tournament. Heidelberg made four-straight trips to the NCAA Regionals and was the top-seed in 2010. Donelan is a two-time AVCA All-American and a three-time AVCA Great Lakes Region selection, including first team honors twice. She was tabbed the OAC Libero of the Year in her final three seasons and landed on the all-conference team as well.
After leading the defense over the last four years, Donelan will graduate with her name inked in the Heidelberg annuals. Donelan is the career digs leader at Heidelberg and in the OAC, while her final three seasons rank in the top-five for single season digs at the Berg. She also topped the Heidelberg career record book for sets played. In her final season, Heidelberg went 33-6, which set a new single season record, topping its mark of 31 set during Donelan’s sophomore campaign.
Donelan is even more impressive in the classroom. The business administration and accounting major is set to graduate in May and in February already had a position lined up with Marathon Oil. She was tabbed the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American of the Year for volleyball after landing on the academic all-district first team for the second consecutive year. In September she was voted the OAC Scholar-Athlete of the Month and was named to the Academic All-OAC Team for three straight years. Donelan is a Heidelberg Scholar-Athlete and has been named to the Dean’s List.
In the community Donelan spends time volunteering at high school summer volleyball camps in the area, along with assisting on campus with tutoring and beatification projects. She also volunteers at the Tiffin-Seneca Library to help spark interest in reading with youth aged children and at a local church where she helped to run family activities following Sunday service.