Canaba Named MVP to Highlight Postseason Volleyball Awards
RICHARDSON, Texas – Sul Ross State senior middle blocker/setter Annika Canaba was named the 2021 Most Valuable Player to highlight the 2021 American Southwest Conference volleyball awards.
Canaba, the 2020-21 West Division MVP, averaged 3.94 kills, 4.33 assists, and 2.41 digs per set while hitting .345. She also posted 39 blocks and 36 aces with eight triple-double performances.
Mary Hardin-Baylor junior Alli Pierce was named the Setter of the Year after averaging 9.54 assists per set and recording 725 assists for the regular-season champion Cru.
Hardin-Simmons freshman Cali Carter earned Libero of the Year honors after leading the league with 5.66 digs per set. Outside hitter Avery Reid from East Texas Baptist took Freshman of the Year honors after hitting .234 with 3.38 kills, 2.65 digs, and 0.43 blocks per set.
Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year went to Concordia Texas senior setter Alyssa Legette.
Troy Canaba, Kailee Wilkins, and Autumn Kilpatrick of Sul Ross State were named the Year’s Coaching Staff. Canaba and company guided the Lobos to a 14-9 overall record and the program’s first trip to the ASC Championship Tournament since 2006.
Annika Canaba, Kayla Janikula from UMHB, and Kianna Crow of LeTourneau earned All-Conference honors for the third time in their careers.
Most Valuable Player: Annika Canaba, Sul Ross State
Setter of the Year: Alli Pierce, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Libero of the Year: Cali Carter, Hardin-Simmons
Freshman of the Year: Avery Reid, East Texas Baptist
Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year: Alyssa Legette, Concordia Texas
Coaching Staff of the Year: Troy Canaba, Kailee Wilkins, Autumn Kilpatrick, Sul Ross State
YellowJackets Sweep Final Volleyball Weekly Honors
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Matches: October 26-30, 2021
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Kianna Crow, OH, Sr., LeTourneau
LeTourneau senior outside hitter Kianna Crow (Spring, Texas) led the YellowJackets to a 3-0 record, averaging 4.18 kills, 2.82 digs, and 0.55 blocks per set while hitting .246. She had 18 kills and 14 digs in a win over Sul Ross and 16 kills against Belhaven. It is Crow’s third Player of the Week award of her career.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Courtney Edge, L, Sr., LeTourneau
LeTourneau senior libero Courtney Edge (Carthage, Texas) averaged 7.64 digs per set as the YellowJackets went 3-0 on the week. She had a career-high 35 digs against Sul Ross State, 28 versus Belhaven, and 21 against Howard Payne. Edge also tallied 11 assists for the week. It is her third career Player of the Week honors.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Mary Hardin-Baylor freshman setter Ella Brunson (New Braunfels, Texas) tallied five kills, 23 assists, and 15 digs in her first career start – a 3-1 win at Concordia Texas.
UT Dallas sophomore outside hitter Abby Jones (Cleburne, Texas) averaged 3.17 kills per set while hitting .262 in the Comets’ pair of home victories last week. Jones had nine kills and eight digs Tuesday in a sweep of East Texas Baptist. She then had ten kills and 12 digs Friday night in a sweep of Howard Payne.
East Texas Baptist freshman outside hitter Avery Reid (Fulshear, Texas) averaged 3.33 kills and 3.42 digs per set while hitting .295 as the Tigers went 2-1 on the week. She recorded a pair of double-doubles – posting 16 kills and 15 digs in a five-set win over Hardin-Simmons and 12/17 against McMurry.
Sul Ross State senior setter/middle blocker Annika Canaba (Alpine, Texas) notched her eighth triple-double with 23 kills, 22 assists, and 11 digs in a losing effort with LeTourneau.
Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore libero Maddie Gillispie (Austin, Texas) recorded 17 digs in the No. 13 Cru’s 3-1 win at Concordia Texas. She averaged 4.25 digs and added four assists.
UT Dallas sophomore outside hitter Madison Ball (Maypearl, Texas) averaged 3.17 digs per set in the Comets’ two home sweeps last week. Ball had four kills and nine digs while adding a block in Tuesday’s 3-0 victory over East Texas Baptist. She then had eight kills, ten digs, and two blocks Friday in a sweep of Howard Payne.
East Texas Baptist sophomore Kaylee Morton (Normangee, Texas) recorded a career-high 25 assists to go with 12 digs in a win over McMurry. She posted 4.77 assists and 1.77 digs per set to go with five aces on the week.
Sul Ross State sophomore outside hitter Mia Bella Ruiz (El Paso, Texas) had 19 digs and seven assists in a four-set loss to LeTourneau.
LeTourneau Claims First Men’s Cross Country Title
CLARKSVILLE, Ark. – LeTourneau won the 2021 American Southwest Conference Men’s Cross Country Championship, its first title in program history, at Clarksville High School Saturday.
LeTourneau senior Lorien Nightingale was the individual medalist for the second straight season, winning the 8,000-meter race with a time of 25:45.7. He was just under three seconds off the Championship record time. Nightingale is the sixth runner to earn medalist honors twice.
LETU scored 34 points, placing five runners in the top 13. UT Dallas, the three-time defending champion, was second with 45 points. McMurry (90) finished third.
Yellow Jacket coaches Kathlee Raske, and Daniel Michalski earned Coaching Staff of the Year honors. Pablo Lomeli Lluis from LeTourneau was the Freshman of the Year, placing third in 26:07.9, and teammate Nick Carter was the Newcomer of the Year with a sixth-place finish.
For the second time in his career, they selected runner-up Mack Broussard of East Texas Baptist, the Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year. Broussard finished with a time of 25:59.5, becoming the first five-time All-Conference runner in ASC history.
UTD junior Trent Sakakini was fourth in 26:10.6, followed by Griffin Davis of UTD in 26:12.0 in fifth, and Hardin-Simmons junior Eric Monroy was seventh in 26:28.7 to round out the All-Conference First Team.
Nightingale, Sakakini, and UTD’s Andres Uriegas each earned All-Conference honors for the fourth time.
Hernandez, Lloyd Named Men’s Soccer Players of the Week
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE MEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: October 25-29, 2021
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Daniel Hernandez, F, Fr., Howard Payne
Howard Payne freshman forward Daniel Hernandez (Caracas, Venezuela) led the Yellow Jackets with a goal and an assist in a 2-0 win over Sul Ross State.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Dalton Lloyd, GK, Jr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
Mary Hardin-Baylor junior goalkeeper Dalton Lloyd (Flower Mound, Texas) made five saves in a 2-0 shutout effort over Concordia Texas, securing the Cru’s perfect conference season. It is Lloyd’s second Player of the Week of the season and third of his career.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Mary Hardin-Baylor senior defender Sam Wooding (Wylie, Texas) scored the game-winner for the Cru 41 seconds into a 2-0 victory over Concordia Texas. He headed in a corner kick, leading UMHB to an undefeated conference season.
LeTourneau freshman midfielder Enrique Salazar (Katy, Texas) scored the game’s only goal in a 1-0 win over East Texas Baptist.
Ozarks sophomore forward Daniel Lyon (Rockwall, Texas) netted the game-winning goal in the 67th minute of a 2-1 victory at UT Dallas.
LeTourneau freshman keeper Jack Carpenter (Colorado Springs, Colo.) posted five saves in a 1-0 victory over East Texas Baptist, his second shutout of the season.
Howard Payne senior goalkeeper Eduardo Flores (Houston, Texas) made five saves in a 2-0 shutout of Sul Ross State.
De La Cruz, Boone Earn Final Women’s Soccer Weekly Awards
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: October 27-30, 2021
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Lexi De La Cruz, F, Fr., Howard Payne
Howard Payne freshman forward Lexi De La Cruz (Lubbock, Texas) led the Lady Jackets with two goals and an assist in a 3-2 victory over Sul Ross State. It is her second Player of the Week award of the season.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Cortylnn Boone, GK, So., McMurry
McMurry sophomore keeper Cortlynn Boone (Argyle, Texas) posted seven saves in the War Hawks’ 1-0 shutout of Hardin-Simmons, the first conference loss for the Cowgirls since 2015. The shutout was the fifth of the season for Boone. It is her second Player of the Week award of the year.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore midfielder Gabby Gibson (Pearland, Texas) scored the equalizer with nine seconds left in the first half in a 4-1 win against Concordia Texas. She also assisted the third goal of the game.
UT Dallas freshman forward Sierra Foster (Fullerton, Calif.) scored twice off the bench as the Comets wrapped up the regular season with a 3-0 home win over Ozarks.
McMurry freshman forward Emily Holland (Mansfield, Texas) scored the game’s only goal in a 1-0 win over Hardin-Simmons, giving the Cowgirls their first conference loss since 2015.
Sul Ross State sophomore midfielder Yissel Olivares (El Paso, Texas) recorded two goals and three assists in a non-conference 5-1 win against Howard Payne.
East Texas Baptist senior forward Brianna Mickshaw (Kary, Texas) scored the game-winner in the 50th minute of a 1-0 win over LeTourneau.
Mary Hardin-Baylor junior defender Payton McVey (Katy, Texas) earned her first start for the Cru, playing 90 minutes on a backline that allowed just three shots on frame in a 4-1 win over Concordia Texas.
UT Dallas junior defender Kelsey White (San Diego, Calif.) helped the Comets record their eighth shutout of the season as the Comets topped Ozarks 3-0. She led the backline that limited the Eagles to just seven shots in the shutout.
Sul Ross State senior defender Nuvia Guillen (El Paso, Texas) recorded two assists in a 3-2 loss to Howard Payne and a goal and assisted in a 5-1 non-conference win at LeTourneau.
East Texas Baptist senior keeper Claire Montondon (Nederland, Texas) earned her seventh shutout of the season, a 1-0 win over LeTourneau, posting five saves, including three in the final 16 minutes.
Howard Payne senior goalkeeper Delaney Castor (Irving, Texas) made five saves in the Lady Jackets’ 3-2 win over Sul Ross State.
Gilpin, Bujnoch, Bell Named Football Players of the Week
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: October 30, 2021
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Landry Gilpin, QB, Jr., Southwestern
Southwestern junior quarterback Landry Gilpin (Mission, Texas) accounted for 409 yards of total offense and five touchdowns in the Pirates’ 45-19 win over Austin. He threw for 297 yards and four TDs on 18-of-24 passing while running 17 times for 112 yards and another score. It is Gilpin’s second Player of the Week award of the season.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Brock Bujnoch, CB, Fr., Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons freshman cornerback Brock Bujnoch (Hutto, Texas) picked off three passes, including one in the endzone on the game’s first drive as the No. 8/8 Cowboys topped Howard Payne 38-14. He also posted four tackles in the win.
SPECIAL TEAMS OF THE WEEK – Cade Bell, PR, So., Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons sophomore Cade Bell (Southlake, Texas) returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown to open the second half in the No. 8/8 Cowboys’ 38-14 road win at Howard Payne. He added six catches for 49 yards and is Bell’s second straight Player of the Week receiving award after returning a 90-yard punt for a score last week.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Sul Ross State graduate student quarterback Tyler DeShields (Beloit, Ohio) was 19-of-32 passing for 186 yards and two touchdowns in the Lobos 24-11 win at McMurry.
Howard Payne senior wide receiver Jake Parker (Whitehouse, Texas) led the Yellow Jackets with six catches for 109 yards and recorded a three-yard rushing touchdown to No. 8/8 Hardin-Simmons.
Mary Hardin-Baylor senior defensive back Jefferson Fritz (Kaufman, Texas) led the No. 2/2 Cru’s defensive efforts with ten tackles, one for a loss and a breakup, in a 29-0 shutout Belhaven. He also punted for a 43.2 average five times, with two inside the 20 and a 50-yard long.
Southwestern sophomore linebacker Aleksander Gomez (McAllen, Texas) had four quarterback hurries, one sack, and four solo tackles in the Pirates’ 45-19 victory against Austin.
Sul Ross State sophomore defensive lineman Eduard Garcia (Garland, Texas) had eight tackles and two sacks in a 24-11 road win at McMurry.
Howard Payne senior linebacker Kyle Bell (Cypress, Texas) led all tacklers with 11 in the Yellow Jackets’ loss to No. 8/8 Hardin-Simmons.
Mary Hardin-Baylor senior punt returner K.J. Miller (Orange, Texas) had huge returns, tallying 152 yards total in the No. 2/2 Cru’s 29-0 win over Belhaven. He had six punt returns for 144 yards, averaging 24 per return. Miller also had 45 yards receiving.
Southwestern senior punter/kicker Wil Herbst (Boerne, Texas) had two punts for 50 yards, was 1-for-1 on field goals, and 5-for-5 on extra points in the Pirates’ 45-19 win over Austin.
Belhaven sophomore defensive lineman Carlton Brown (Memphis, Tenn.) blocked a 52yard field goal and an extra point late in the fourth quarter in the Blazers’ loss at No. 2/2 Mary Hardin-Baylor. He also recorded a 20-yard sack and a quarterback hurry.
Sul Ross State senior punter/kicker Jaden Brown (Andrews, Texas) had two punts for an average of 40 yards, including one inside the 20, and was 3-for-3 on extra points and 1-for-2 on field goals in the Lobos’ 24-11 win at McMurry.