Athletics
November Student-Athletes of the Month
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Tuesday 12/06/2011
The University of Northern Iowa athletic department has honored four student-athletes as the Student-Athletes of the Month for November.  Tyler Sievertsen (Football - Cedar Rapids, Iowa/C.R. Kennedy HS), Jake Koch (Men's Basketball - Ashwaubenon, Wis./Ashwaubenon HS), Bre Payton (Volleyball - Waterloo, Iowa/Waterloo Columbus HS), and Amber Kirschbaum (Women's Basketball - Spirit Lake, Iowa/Spirit Lake HS) were selected by the UNI Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). 

Sievertsen is a redshirt-sophomore placekicker on the UNI football team.  In the classroom, he is working toward a degree in marketing.

Sievertsen went 3-of-3 on PAT attempts in a hard-fought 21-17 win over Youngstown State on Nov. 5.  He then went 4-of-4 on PAT attempts against Southern Utah and hit two field goals of 41 and 43 yards, respectively, to pad the Panther lead and seal the win.  Sievertsen came up huge against the Redbirds of Illinois State in the regular season finale, going 2-of-2 on extra points, hitting a 38-yard field goal and blasting a 40-yard field goal into the wind to tie the game at the end of regulation, sending it to overtime.  He sealed the Panther victory and MVFC title with a 36-yard field goal in the second overtime. 

Koch is a junior forward on the UNI men's basketball team. Koch is working towards a degree in movement and exercise science while putting emphasis on sports psychology. 

Koch put up great stats in the month of November, averaging 10.4 points per game with a 56% field goal percentage, 4.7 rebounds per game, 2.8 assists per game, and shooting 87.5% from the charity stripe.  Koch led the way at Old Dominion, tallying 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc.  Koch nearly notched a double-double, registering nine points and nine rebounds against Western Carolina.  Koch has tallied double digits in points in four of the Panthers' eight games this season. 

Payton is a senior setter on the nationally-ranked UNI volleyball team.  Payton is majoring in movement and exercise science with an emphasis on sports psychology. 

Payton had a monster November as she led the Panthers to a perfect 8-0 record, including winning the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.  Payton posted 55 kills, 272 assists, seven service aces, and 85 digs for the month.  Payton recorded double-digit kills against South Dakota State and Wichita State, double digit digs against Creighton, Drake, Evansville, Southern Illinois, and Wichita State, and had three service aces against Illinois State on Nov. 25.  Payton notched over 30 assists in all but one game in the month of November, including posting 47 assists against Creighton on Nov. 11. 

Kirschbaum is a junior forward for the UNI women's basketball team.  Kirschbaum is majoring in movement and exercise science with an emphasis in exercise science. 

Kirschbaum nearly averaged a double-double for the month of November with 12.2 points per game and 8 rebounds per game.  Kirschbaum knocked down 53.3% of her field goal attempts and shot 81.2% from the charity stripe.  She poured in 24 points against Youngstown State in a 90-73 triumph on Nov. 26 and grabbed 15 rebounds and tallied 12 points in a 60-46 Panther win against Wyoming on Nov. 25. 


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