Shecterle, Bellehumeur, Stinson, Klein & Evans Named ASC Volleyball Players of the Week
Caroline Shecterle of UT Dallas, Brianna Bellehumeur of UT Tyler, Emma Wallbrown of UT Dallas, Carly Stinson of Concordia Texas and Miranda Klein and Haleigh Evans of Mary Hardin-Baylor earn Volleyball Players of the Week
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Matches: October 3-7, 2017
EAST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Caroline Shecterle, S, So., UT Dallas
The University of Texas at Dallas sophomore setter Caroline Shecterle (Pearland, Texas / Pearland HS) averaged 6.67 assists per set in the #22 Comets’ 6-2 offense as they went 2-0 in conference play. She had 19 assists and nine digs in Friday’s sweep of Louisiana College and recorded 21 assists and nine digs in a sweep of Belhaven.
EAST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Brianna Bellehumeur, OH, Fr., UT Tyler
The University of Texas at Tyler freshman outside hitter Brianna Bellehumeur (Frisco, Texas / Frisco HS) averaged 5.00 digs per set as the Patriots went 2-1 on the week. Bellehumeur had a season-high 22 digs, and nine kills in a three-set loss to #5 Southwestern then recorded a pair of double-doubles in conference play. She had 18 digs and 12 kills in a sweep of Belhaven and ten digs and 11 kills in another sweep of Louisiana College. For the week, Bellehumeur also averaged 3.20 kills per set and hit .232.
WEST DIVISION CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Marissa Stinson, MB, So., Concordia Texas
Concordia University Texas sophomore middle blocker Marissa Stinson (Pearland, Texas / Marvel HS) helped the Tornados go 2-1 on the week, with 37 kills (3.36 per set), a .321 hitting percentage and 1.36 blocks per match. She hit .433 with 17 kills in a four-set victory against Howard Payne, and 11 kills with five blocks in a sweep over Sul Ross State.
WEST DIVISION CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Miranda Klein, RS, So., Mary Hardin-Baylor
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore right side Miranda Klein (Georgetown, Texas / East View HS) helped the Cru to a 3-1 week, hitting .311 with 3.45 kills per set. She led UMHB with 16 kills and hit .308 in a four-set loss to #3 Trinity. Klein also had six assists, three aces, 29 digs and eight blocks on the week.
WEST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Haleigh Evans, L, So., Mary Hardin-Baylor
Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore libero Haleigh Evans (Edna, Texas / Edna HS) averaged 5.23 digs per set, and limited opponents to a .089 hitting percentage as the Cru went 3-1 on the week. She came up with 25-digs in a four-set loss to #3 Trinity. This effort is the second time this season and fourth in her career that Evans has won Defensive Player of the Week honors.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
UT Tyler sophomore outside hitter Kaitlyn Budisalovich (Cypress, Texas / Cypress Woods HS) led the Patriots with 38 kills (3.80 per set) and hit .290 as they went 2-1 on the week. She started the week with 15 kills in a three-set loss to #5 Southwestern then had 14 kills in a sweep of Belhaven. She hit .500 with nine kills and seven digs in a sweep of Louisiana College.
UT Dallas senior middle blocker Emma Wallbrown (Cedar Park, Texas / Cedar Park HS) averaged 2.33 kills and 1.17 blocks per set while hitting .545 as the #22 Comets swept Louisiana College and Belhaven. Wallbrown recorded five kills and three blocks against the Wildcats, then had nine kills and four blocks against the Blazers. She also averaged 0.67 digs per set.
Concordia Texas sophomore outside hitter Kelly Farina (Spring, Texas / Klein Collins HS) averaged 2.82 digs, and 0.64 per set as the Tornadoes went 2-1 on the week. She also averaged 2.09 kills per set. Farina came up with 18 digs and four blocks in a four-set loss to Texas Lutheran on Tuesday.
Kessler, Hurley Earn ASC Women’s Soccer Players of the Week
Kenne Kessler of Hardin-Simmons and Emily Hurley of UT Tyler take home the Player of the Week honors for the sixth week of the season.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: October 3-7, 2017
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Kenne Kessler, F, Jr., Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons University junior forward Kenne Kessler (Highland Village, Texas / Marcus HS) earned her third Offensive Player of the Week award of the season and fourth of her career by scoring seven goals and an assist in the #6 Cowgirls’ two victories. She tied the school record with five goals and had an assist in a 13-0 win over Belhaven. Kessler scored two more times in a 9-0 win against Louisiana College.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Emily Hurley, GK, Sr., UT Tyler
The University of Texas at Tyler senior goalkeeper Emily Hurley (Sulphur Springs, Texas / Sulphur Springs HS) made four saves to earn her sixth shutout of the season as the Patriots defeated Sul Ross State 1-0. This effort is Hurley’s second Defensive Player of the Week award of the season.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor junior forward Elissa Freberg (Friendswood, Texas / Bay Area Christian HS) helped the Cru to a 2-0 week with a pair of goals and a game-winning assist. She scored back-to-back goals within three minutes in a 5-0 victory against Howard Payne. Freberg assisted the game-winner in a 2-1 double-overtime win over UT-Dallas.
McMurry University freshman midfielder Angelica Navarro (Fort Worth, Texas / Western Hills HS) recorded four goals, including a hat-trick in a 6-1 victory against Belhaven.
UT Tyler junior midfielder Kaelyn Steitz (McKinney, Texas / McKinney HS) scored the game-winning goal in the 10th minute of a 1-0 victory over Sul Ross State.
East Texas Baptist University freshman forward Ashleigh Rondon (Carrolton, Texas / Creekview HS) collected two goals on the week – one in a 4-0 victory against Austin and one in a 2-1 win against LeTourneau.
Concordia University Texas sophomore forward Kaycee Moore (Azle, Texas / Azle HS) scored a pair of goals in the Tornados’ 3-1 win against Howard Payne.
The University of Texas at Dallas junior forward Melissa Fulfer (Arlington, Texas / Martin HS) scored twice and added an assist in the Comets’ road split. She scored the game-tying goal and assisted the game-winner in a 2-1 victory at Concordia Texas. Fulfer had the only goal in a 2-1 double-overtime loss at Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore defender Kandis Hartdegen (Lewisville, Texas / Lewisville HS) played 159 minutes of defense, helping the Cru limit opponents to 10 shots and five shots on goal in two wins, including a 5-0 shutout of Howard Payne.
Hardin-Simmons senior defender Kirsten Parrish (Grandbury, Texas / Travis Academy) led the #6 Cowgirls to a pair of shutouts and added four goals and an assist on the offensive end.
East Texas Baptist sophomore keeper Karrigan Falber (Spring, Texas / Klein HS) earned a shutout victory with two saves in a 4-0 win against Austin College.
Concordia Texas sophomore goalkeeper Shelby Franco (Hurst, Texas / LD Bell HS) recorded 13 saves and 1.00 goals against average as the Tornados went 1-1. She had eight saves in their 2-1 loss to UT Dallas and five more in a 3-1 victory against Howard Payne.
UT Dallas junior goalkeeper Monica Dallacasa (The Woodlands, Texas / The Woodlands HS) recorded ten saves and 1.32 goals against average in 204 minutes as the Comets went 1-1. She made five saves in each contest.
Vidosevic, Chavez Win ASC Men’s Soccer Players of the Week
Frane Vidosevic of Hardin-Simmons and Alex Chavez of McMurry win the Men’s Soccer Players of the Week for the sixth week of the season.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE MEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: October 3-7, 2017
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Frane Vidosevic, F, So., Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons University sophomore forward Frane Vidosevic (Zagreb, Croatia / Kyiv International) netted three goals as the Cowboys went 2-0 on the week. He scored twice, including the game-winner in a 2-1 double-overtime victory over Louisiana College. Vidosevic also scored the game-winner in a 2-1 win against Belhaven.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Alex Chavez, GK, Sr., McMurry
McMurry University senior goalkeeper Alex Chavez (Galveston, Texas / Ball HS) secured Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season by guiding the War Hawks to a pair of shutouts. He recorded one save in a 1-0 victory over Louisiana College then came up with four saves in the scoreless double-overtime tie against Belhaven.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
LeTourneau University junior defender Alec Wier (Cypress, Texas / Cypress Woods HS) netted two goals on the week, scoring the YellowJackets’ only goal in a 2-1 overtime loss at Centenary. He also scored an insurance goal at East Texas Baptist in a 2-0 win.
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor senior forward Amani Colbert (Wichita Falls, Texas / Rider HS) recorded a goal, and an assist as the #22 Cru went 2-0. He scored an insurance goal in their 2-0 win against Howard Payne and hit the game-tying assist during the 2-1 overtime victory against UT Dallas.
Concordia University Texas senior forward Isaiah Coombs (San Antonio, Texas / Smithson Valley HS) scored one of the Tornados’ goals in their 3-1 win over UT Dallas.
LeTourneau freshman defender Eric Smith (Tucson, Ariz. / Pusch Ridge Christian Academy) moved from right back to center back due to injuries and played every minute for the YellowJackets. His efforts helped LeTourneau to a 2-0 shutout over East Texas Baptist.
Mary Hardin-Baylor junior defender Caleb Vandergriff (Georgetown, Texas / East View HS) helped the #22 Cru to a 2-0 week, playing 184 minutes on the back line. He limited opponents to just ten shots and four on goal while allowing one goal. Vandergriff helped UMHB to a 2-0 shutout of Howard Payne. He also headed in the game-winning goal in the 94th minute of a 2-1 overtime victory against UT Dallas.
Hardin-Simmons sophomore defender Ben Matthews (Waco, Texas / Midway HS) led the Cowboys’ defensive back line that allowed 11 shots on goal and a pair of goals in two games.
Concordia Texas junior defender Nash Cole (Sugar Land, Texas / Clements HS) scored a goal in each game for the Tornados. He had a goal and an assist in their 3-1 win over UT Dallas and another goal in a 2-1 loss to Howard Payne.
Harris, Rayborn Named ASC Runners of the Week
Michael Harris of Ozarks and Lindsey Rayborn of UT Dallas earn the ASC Cross Country Runner of the Week awards for week six.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE CROSS COUNTRY RUNNERS OF THE WEEK
Meets: October 7, 2017
MEN’S RUNNER OF THE WEEK – Michael Harris, So., Ozarks
University of the Ozarks sophomore Michael Harris (Elkins, Ark. / Elkins HS) earned Runner of the Week for the fourth time this season by winning the University of the Ozarks Invitational with an 8k of 26:45.0. He helped the Eagles to a second place finish, winning the race over a NCAA Division II competitor by six seconds.
WOMEN’S RUNNER OF THE WEEK – Lindsey Rayborn, Sr., UT Dallas
The University of Texas at Dallas senior Lindsey Rayborn (Pocatello, Idaho / Century HS) earned Runner of the Week for the fifth time in her career by winning the 6k ETBU Invitational with a 22.47.7. Her time was a new personal best and won by nearly a minute, helping the Comets earn the team victory.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
East Texas Baptist University freshman Mack Broussard (Hankamer, Texas / St. Francis Christian Academy) was the top NCAA Division III finisher at the ETBU Invitational, placing third overall with an 8k time of 26:48.95.
LeTourneau University junior Michael Field (Tega City, S.C. / Fort Mills HS) finished fifth at the ETBU Invitational with an 8k time of 27:06.2, a personal best.
The University of Texas at Tyler sophomore Will McIlroy (Weatherford, Texas / Peaster HS) helped the Patriots to a team victory at the ETBU Invitational. He placed sixth overall with an 8k time of 27:07.1.
McMurry University sophomore Tyler Rohrman (Waller, Texas / Waller HS) had an 8k time of 27:15.7 for a ninth-place finish at the ETBU Invitational.
UT Dallas freshman Andres Uriegas (Round Rock, Texas / Homeschool) had a personal-best 8k mark of 27:19.1 to finish 11th at the ETBU Invitational.
UT Tyler senior Rachel Willis (Hallsville, Texas / Hallsville HS) led the Patriots with a personal best 6k time of 23:53.0 to place third at the ETBU Invitational.
Ozarks junior Hannah Smith (Blue Eye, Mo. / Blue Eye HS) finished fourth overall at the University of the Ozarks Invitational with a 5k time of 20:17.
McMurry junior Alex Fulton (Holliday, Texas / Holliday HS) had a 6k time of 24:44.8 to place sixth at the ETBU Invitational.
LeTourneau freshman Kristiana Welch (Mineola, Texas / Mineola HS) placed ninth overall with a 6k time of 24:50.1 at the ETBU Invitational.
Hurley, Brown, Parsons, Fierst Named ASC Football Players of the Week
Kevin Hurley Jr. of McMurry, Kris Brown of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Ty Parsons of East Texas Baptist and Luke Fierst of Southwestern earn the ASC Football Players of the Week for week six.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: October 7, 2017
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Kevin Hurley Jr., QB, So., McMurry
McMurry University sophomore quarterback Kevin Hurley Jr. (Diboll, Texas / Diboll HS) took over at quarterback in the second half and engineered a 42-30 win over Belhaven while erasing a 23-7 halftime deficit. Hurley went 11-of-14 for 245 yards and four touchdowns. His TD passes were of 63, 10, 22 and 51 yards. Hurley also ran ten times for 36 yards.
CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Kris Brown, CB, Sr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor senior cornerback Kris Brown (Sealy, Texas / Sealy HS) returned a 64-yard touchdown on the game’s opening series in the top-ranked Cru’s 17-7 victory at #5 Hardin-Simmons. He also added eight tackles and broke up two passes, limiting the Cowboys – the nation’s top offense coming into the game – to 191 yards of total offense. This effort is the second Defensive Player of the Week award in Brown’s career.
CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Ty Parsons, LB, Sr., East Texas Baptist
East Texas Baptist University senior linebacker Ty Parsons (Rowlett, Texas / Dallas Christian) led the Tigers with 16 tackles and a 49-yard interception return in the Tigers’ 57-7 victory at Howard Payne. He also had a tackle for a loss of seven yards to earn his second Defensive Player of the Week award this season.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Luke Fierst, K, So., Southwestern
Southwestern University sophomore kicker Luke Fierst (Kerrville, Texas / Tivy HS) kicked a game-winning field goal for the second time this season, giving the Pirates a 29-27 win over Sul Ross State. He kicked 18-yarder as time expired for the victory. He also made a 36-yard field goal to earn his second Special Teams Player of the Week award of the year.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Mary Hardin-Baylor junior running back Markieth Miller (Garland, Texas / Garland HS) rolled up 168 yards of rushing on 21 carries in the top-ranked Cru’s 17-7 win at #5 Hardin-Simmons. Miller had a 39-yard touchdown in the first quarter, which proved to be the game-winning points in the first quarter. He averaged 8.0 yards-per-carry and had a 52-yard run that set up a first-quarter field goal.
Texas Lutheran University freshman running back Christopher Monroe (College Station, Texas / College Station HS) rushed 22 times for 125 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs topped Louisiana College 47-30. Monroe had touchdown runs of 18, 10 and two yards.
Louisiana College senior wide receiver Shedrick Davis (Baton Rouge, La. / Central HS) caught eight passes for 120 yards and a touchdown to eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the third straight week in the Wildcats’ 30-47 loss at Texas Lutheran.
East Texas Baptist senior quarterback Dru Smith (Sherman, Texas / Sherman HS) passed for 326 yards on 16-of-32 attempts with four touchdowns in the Tigers’ 57-7 win over Texas Lutheran. He recorded touchdown passes of 65, 76, 48 and one yards and added a nine-yard rushing score.
Belhaven University freshman running back Brad Foley (Memphis, Tenn. / Memphis University School) led the Blazers with 95 yards and two touchdowns on 18 rushing attempts in their loss to McMurry. He also caught four passes for 45 yards.
Southwestern junior quarterback Fred Hover (McAllen, Texas / McAllen HS) finished 10-of-17 for 88 yards passing to go with 23 carries for 100 yards and three touchdowns on the ground in the Pirates’ 29-27 win over Sul Ross State. He marched SU down the field to the one-yard line, setting up the game-winning field goal as time expired.
McMurry senior linebacker Jacob Ferguson (Schertz, Texas / Clemens HS) recorded ten tackles, nine solos, 3.5 tackles for a loss of 18 yards and a sack in the War Hawks’ 42-30 win over Belhaven.
Texas Lutheran sophomore defensive tackle Nwankwo Nwankwo (Richmond, Texas / Foster HS) recorded three tackles, including an 8-yard sack and forced two fumbles in the Bulldogs’ 47-30 win over Louisiana College. He helped TLU limit the Wildcats to just 19 yards rushing.
Hardin-Simmons junior linebacker Chris Miller (San Marcos, Texas / San Marcos HS) recorded eight tackles, 2.5 for a loss and a sack in the #5 Cowboys’ 17-7 loss to #1 Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Louisiana College junior linebacker Orel Ledet Jr. (Breaux Bridge, La. /Breaux Bridge HS) returned an interception for a 40-yard touchdown, forced a fumble, made 11 tackles and had a sack for seven yards in the Wildcats’ loss to Texas Lutheran.
Belhaven senior linebacker Denarrius Noel (Utica, Miss. / Hinds Agricultural HS) led the Blazers with nine tackles, two tackles for a loss and a pass breakup in their loss at McMurry.
Howard Payne University senior safety Patrick Hunt (Arlington, Texas / Calvary Christian) finished with three pass breakups and three solo tackles in the Yellow Jackets’ loss to East Texas Baptist.
Southwestern sophomore linebacker Chris Crawford (Houston, Texas / Houston Christian HS) picked off a pass in the first quarter which led to a Pirate touchdown to go with seven tackles and one for a loss in their 29-27 win over Sul Ross State. He helped the Pirates limit the Lobos to 277 yards of offense.
Texas Lutheran sophomore kick returner A.J. Mason (The Woodlands, Texas / The Woodlands HS) returned four kickoffs for 75-yards, including a 40-yard return late in the first half that set up a Bulldog score in their 47-30 win over Louisiana College.
Hardin-Simmons junior punter Reese Childress (Abilene, Texas / Abilene HS) kept the Cowboys in good field position most of the game, averaging 45.6 yards on eight punts in the loss to #1 Mary Hardin-Baylor. Four of his punts landed inside the 20, and they downed two at the one-yard line. Childress booted a career-best 70-yard punt as well.
East Texas Baptist graduate student kicker/punter Ryan Travis (Jacksonville, Texas / Jacksonville HS) second nine points, going 6-of-8 on PATs and hitting a 31-yard field goal in the Tigers’ 57-7 win at Howard Payne. Travis also recorded eight kickoffs for 440 yards and three punts for 99 yards.