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Alex Close and Kara Gulvas named October Bison of the Month

Alex Close and Kara Gulvas named October Bison of the Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Gallaudet University Athletics Department has announced the two recipients of the Bison of the Month award presented by Gallaudet Interpreting Services (GIS) for October. Senior women’s soccer goalkeeper Kara Gulvas (Crown Point, Ind.) and freshman men’s cross country runner Alex Close (Tallahassee, Fla.) were selected for their phenomenal performances as Bison student-athletes in the month.

Gulvas, the nation’s leader in saves for Division III, was tremendous in net throughout October. She led the Bison to a 4-5 record in the month which included a season-ending 4-0 triumph over Trinity (D.C.) on Oct. 26. Gulvas recorded 110 saves in nine contests for a save percentage of .769. In addition to the win, she posted her second shutout when she held North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) foe Cazenovia College scoreless to preserve a 1-0 Bison victory. She was selected as the NEAC Women’s Soccer Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week for the effort. Six times Gulvas made double-digit saves, including a career-high 24-save performance against Marymount (Va.) University.

“Kara is an incredibly valuable asset to the team,” said GU women’s soccer coach Sarah Gumina. “This was probably the best year in her Gallaudet career and with one more year of eligibility we hope that she will come back for one more season.”

Close performed spectacularly in the two October events in which Gallaudet competed. At the DeSales Invitational on Oct. 13, he placed just outside the Top 25, in 26th place when he crossed the finish line in 28 minutes, 20 seconds to lead Gallaudet to a 16th place finish. He also raced incredibly well for the Bison on Oct. 27 at the NEAC Championships, guiding the squad to an eighth place finish. His time of 30 minutes, 41 seconds was the fastest time for the Bison at the event and earned him NEAC all-conference second team honors.

“Alex is the definition of a student-athlete. It is really important to want to excel in the classroom as well as in athletics, and Alex truly strives for excellence in both," said GU cross country coach Mikaela Hudson. "Despite his success, he is incredibly humble and always does what is required of him, and he never complains. He is a joy to coach and always does his best, no matter the conditions, which is incredibly hard to come by.”

These are the second Bison of the Month awards for the 2012-13 athletic seasons. Each month the Gallaudet University Athletics Department will recognize two standout student-athletes (one male, one female) from their respective sports. Football senior defensive back Tony Tatum (Gardendale, Ala.) and volleyball senior outside hitter Ann Whited (Fishers, Ind.) were selected for the month of September. November's Bison of the Month will be announced in December.

About GIS
GIS, a unit of the division of Administration and Finance at Gallaudet University was established to provide quality-sign language interpreting service to Gallaudet University and its constituencies. Last year, over 75,000 hours of interpreting services were provided to Gallaudet University and clients in the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia areas. The passage of the 1992 Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) made equal access for all persons with disabilities the law. This law requires that "reasonable accommodation" be made to allow individuals with disabilities to participate and receive the same services and benefits available to those without disabilities. Gallaudet Interpreting Service (GIS) can assist you with meeting the requirements of the ADA by providing quality, reliable interpreting service for your events. For more information or to contact GIS please visit its website at www.gallaudet.edu/gis.

2012-13 Gallaudet Bison of the Month