WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University Athletics Department has announced the two recipients for the Bison of the Month award presented by Gallaudet Interpreting Services (GIS) for September. Senior defensive back Nicholas Elstad (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and senior opposite hitter Lane Peters (Phoenix, Ariz.) were selected for their exceptional performance as Bison student-athletes.
Through the first three games of the Gallaudet football season, Elstad has shown that despite switching positions from last season from running back to defensive back, he is an impact player wherever he lines up on the field for the undefeated Bison (3-0). This season the Colorado Springs, Colo., native, has played an important role for the Bison as he lines up at defensive back, placeholder and kick returner. On defense, Elstad has recorded three interceptions in as many games, including an interception returned for a touchdown against Apprentice School that was later called back for a penalty. He is fourth on the team with 14 tackles and has recovered two fumbles. On special teams, he has fielded four kicks for a total 56 yards, including a long of 32 yards against Apprentice School that led to a touchdown for the Bison. In addition to this, Elstad has held kicks for Chase Magsig, who is 2-for-3 on field goals attempts and is a perfect 14-for-14 on PAT attempts.
Elstad has been recognized for his impressive play early in the season. The senior was named the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) Defensive Player of the Week for his outstanding performance against Apprentice School in week two. Elstad had a hand in three of six turnovers caused by the Bison including two interceptions and a recovered fumble that was returned for 44 yards, which helped lead the Bison to a 38-14 victory. He was recently selected as a National Football Foundation (NFF) candidate for the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, which recognize individuals that display athletic, academic and leadership qualities on and off the field.
"Nicholas has been a huge part of our success this season," said Gallaudet football coach Chuck Goldstein. "Throughout his career he has been asked to play a number of different positions from running back to quarterback to defensive back. Regardless of where we’ve lined up Nicholas, we know he is going to go out and perform at the highest level. He works extremely hard and deserves all of the success he has had."
Peters has led the Gallaudet women's volleyball team to an overall 10-8 record with a 2-1 record in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC), while ranking near the top of the leader board for the Bison and NEAC in multiple statistical categories. In 63 sets, the senior ranks second on the team with 189 kills, averaging three kills per set and points with 224.5. Peters ranks third on the team in digs and digs per set with 161 and 2.56, respectively.
Peters' impressive play in September has garnered her recognition for her consistent performance. She was named to the all-tournament team at the Buttermaker Tournament in Allentown, Pa., as the Bison finished with a split, losing their first match and bouncing back to win their second match 3-0. Peters continued her impressive play at the Worthington Classic, where she was named to her second all-tournament team of September. She recorded double-doubles in three of the four tournament games and helped to keep the Bison fighting in each match, as they won their first and dropped the next three, two losses coming in the fifth set.
"Congratulations to Lane for being selected as the September Bison of the Month," said Gallaudet volleyball coach Lynn Ray Boren. "I really appreciate her hard work, attitude and her passion towards volleyball and her teammates. She continues to develop and get better as a volleyball player. It's been fun watching her progress and seeing her grow."
This is not the first Bison of the Month for the duo as Elstad and Peters were the November Bison of the Month last year.
This is the first Bison of the Month award for the 2013-14 athletic seasons. Each month the Gallaudet University Athletics Department will recognize two standout student-athletes (one male, one female) from their respective sports. October’s Bison of the Month will be named in early November.
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.