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Al-Makura, Johnson earn September Bison of the Month honors

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Gallaudet University Athletics Department announced the two recipients of the Bison of the Month recently for the month of September. The honorees are men's soccer freshman forward Abdul Al-Makura (Bassa, Nigeria) and volleyball junior setter Paige Johnson (North Richland Hills, Texas).

Al-Makura made a splash for the Gallaudet men’s soccer program during the month of September. The freshman scored three goals off a team best 13 shots (nine on goal) to lead the Buff and Blue. He started seven of the eight games in September for the Bison. He scored his first collegiate goal on September 7 against Potomac State where GU lost 5-2. He added his second goal in a 5-1 loss to Southern Virginia on September 11. He netted his third and final goal of the month on September 29 in a loss against Christendom College. The Bassa, Nigeria native, accounted for 75 percent of the Bison offense in September. He entered the month of October having scored the previous three goals for the Bison team. He finished the month with a .692 shooting percentage.

Johnson was solid in September for the Gallaudet volleyball program as the Bison posted a 12-8 record and a perfect 4-0 mark in the North Eastern Athletic Conference. Johnson was twice selected as the NEAC Player of the Week in volleyball on September 6 and 27. She was also selected to the Battlefield Classic all-tournament team. She finished the month with 502 assists, 131 digs, 50 kills, 40 service aces and 11 blocks through 61 sets played. The North Richland Hills, Texas, native earned double-doubles five different times as she reached double digits in kills and digs in the same match. Her highest assist total in the month of September was 46 against Geneva College on September 10. She surpassed 40 or more assists three times and 30 or more assists nine times. For the month she averaged 8.23 assists per set, 2.15 digs per set, 0.82 kills per set and 0.66 service aces per set.

“It is fun to see her manage this group of young players through our ups and downs thus far this season. She wants everything to go right out on the court no matter what happens,” said Gallaudet coach Lynn Ray Boren. “Paige keeps pushing this team to develop as a team and improve our attack game. Plus her service game helps make Gallaudet the leader it is in the league.”

The October Bison of the Month will be announced in early November.