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Mueggler collects Sun Belt Player of the Week accolade

First honor for senior midfielder

October 12, 2010 · Athletic Communications

NEW ORLEANS - Middle Tennessee senior midfielder Vanessa Mueggler earned her first career Sun Belt Player of the Week honor when she was chosen as the Oct. 12 selection it was announced by the league office Tuesday. The accolade is the 16th overall in program history, 15 of which have come under head coach Aston Rhoden, and the first since Shan Jones won it Aug. 25, 2009.

Mueggler was instrumental in the Blue Raiders' knocking off FIU Sunday in Miami, 3-1. She netted two goals, including the game winner, as Middle Tennessee became the first team to hand the Golden Panthers a conference loss this fall. The Blue Raiders also were the only school to defeat FIU last year on the Golden Panthers' run to the Sun Belt regular-season title and extended MT's winning streak in the series to six games.

Her two scores tie her career high of 10, set last fall, with five regular-season matches left this season. She now has 26 career goals which ranks her in a tie for sixth in school history, while her 68 career points are sixth and 16 assists are seventh among all-time Blue Raiders.

The 10 goals lead the Sun Belt and tie her for 17th nationally, as she is just one of 25 players to reach the double-digit plateau through Sunday's games.

The Pincourt, Quebec, native has 14 points on five goals and four assists in the six Sun Belt matches-to-date, helping Middle Tennessee to a 4-2 league record. She was named to the preseason all-league squad after being tabbed to the All-Sun Belt Second Team each of the past two seasons.

The Blue Raiders return to action when they play host to Louisiana and ULM Friday and Sunday, respectively, at the Dean A. Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium.

Middle Tennessee Soccer Players of the Week:
Danielle LaDuke--Oct. 8, 2001
Rebecca Rodriguez--Sept. 9, 2003
Danielle LaDuke--Sept. 7, 2004
Debs Brereton--Sept. 14, 2004
Debs Brereton--Oct. 12, 2004
Debs Brereton--Nov. 1, 2004
Holly Grogan--Oct. 25, 2005
Holly Grogan--Nov. 1, 2005
Holly Grogan--Aug. 28, 2006
Kala Morgan--Sept. 19, 2006
Kala Morgan--Oct. 17, 2006
Rebecca Rodriguez--Oct. 31, 2006
Jen Threlkeld--Sept. 11, 2007
Holly Grogan--Oct. 30, 2007
Shan Jones--Aug. 25, 2009
Vanessa Mueggler--Oct. 12, 2010

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