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AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE TENNIS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Matches: March 6-12, 2018

WEST DIVISION WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Kathy Joseph, So., UT Dallas

The University of Texas at Dallas sophomore Kathy Joseph (Williston, Vt.) earned her second Player of the Week award of the year after going a perfect 4-0 last week, picking up two wins each in second singles and second doubles. In Thursday’s 9-0 road win over Howard Payne in ASC West play, Joseph claimed a 6-1, 6-1. Earlier in the match, she teamed up with Sumvruta Iyengar for an 8-1 win. On Saturday, she earned a 6-0, 6-2 win at single and an 8-4 victory in doubles with teammate Sindhu Ravula against UC Santa Cruz.

EAST DIVISION WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Terin Murray, Jr., LeTourneau
LeTourneau junior Terin Murray (Iowa Park, Texas) went 2-0 at number two singles and 3-0 at second doubles with her only loss coming at number one singles to help the YellowJackets to a 2-1 record. In a win over Mary Hardin-Baylor, she won at singles 6-2, 6-1 and 8-2 with partner Katy Hall. Murray picked up a 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 victory against Concordia Texas and won 9-7 in doubles. Against Sul Ross State, she lost in the top singles but won 8-3 in doubles to earn her second career Player of the Week honors.

WEST DIVISION MEN’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Alberto Hernandez, Sr., UT Dallas
UT Dallas senior Alberto Hernandez (Brownsville, Texas) picked up wins at number one singles and number doubles in the Comets’ 6-3 victory over East Texas Baptist. He claimed a dominant 6-0, 6-0 win in singles and teamed with Ashwin Vaithianathan to win in doubles 8-3.

EAST DIVISION MEN’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK – John Herr, So., East Texas Baptist
East Texas Baptist University sophomore John Herr (Shreveport, La.) scored one of three points for the Tigers in their 6-3 loss to UT Dallas. Herr won at number four singles, 6-1, 3-6, 10-4.

OTHER WOMEN’S PERFORMANCES
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor junior Ashlee Montgomery (Georgetown, Texas) gave the Cru their only point with a three-set victory at number three singles against LeTourneau, winning 2-6, 6-4, 10-7.

Concordia University Texas sophomore Camille Kempf (San Antonio, Texas) finished the week with a 3-1 overall record and helped the Tornados grab two victories over the weekend. Against LeTourneau, Kempf won a thrilling set one in number three singles before cruising to a straight set win (7-6 (7-5< 6-1). She also won in straight sets (6-4, 6-4) over St. Mary’s (Ind.) and clinched a narrow 5-4 win over the Tornados. Kempf joined Alexis Popovich in doubles both matches and dropped a heartbreaker 9-7 against LeTourneau before defeating St. Mary’s 8-6.

OTHER MEN’S PERFORMANCES
Concordia Texas freshman Adam Compton (Pflugerville, Texas) made a furious comeback in the line two singles against LeTourneau. After dropping the first set 4-6, Compton won a thrilling second 7-5 and capped it off by winning set three 6-4. In doubles, Compton teamed up with Clayton Hernandez online two to grab an 8-6 win.

Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore Cole Weiss (Frisco, Texas) led the Cru to a 7-2 victory in their season-opening win against LeTourneau. He posted a gritty three-set win in number one singles 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 then teamed with Jace Mahan at second doubles to win 8-3.

 

AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Competitions: March 9-10, 2018

MEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Michael Harris, Fr., Ozarks

University of the Ozarks freshman Michael Harris (Elkins, Ark.) posted a school-record 1,500-meter time with a 4:09.29 at the University of Central Arkansas Spring Opener. Hs mark ranks second in the ASC and 32nd in the nation. He also ran a 2:04 split in the 4×800 meter relay.

MEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Thomas Reynolds, So., East Texas Baptist
East Texas Baptist University sophomore Thomas Reynolds (Harleton, Texas) earned his second Athlete of the Week award of the season and third of his career by winning his third consecutive shot put event. He won the Jet Relays event by 3.5 feet with a mark of 14.76 meters (48 ft.-5.25 in.). Reynolds’ shot put leads all of NCAA Division III.

WOMEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Brooklen Butler, So. , East Texas Baptist
East Texas Baptist sophomore Brooklen Butler (Chireno, Texas) placed third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:08.46, placing ahead of four NCAA Division I athletes at the Jet Relays in Fort Worth. Her hurdle time ranks 10th in the country.

WOMEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Aliah McPhaul, Jr., Belhaven
Belhaven University junior Aliah McPhaul (Leesville, La.) posted three top-five finishes at the ‘Southern Invitational to claim her second Athlete of the Week award of the season. She finished fourth in both the discus at 37.88 meters (124 ft.-3 in.) and hammer throw at 40.96 meters (134 ft.-4 in.) and was fifth in the shot put at 11.90 meters (39 ft.-.5 in.). Her marks ranked seventh in the nation in discus and 15th in the hammer throw.

OTHER TOP MEN’S PERFORMANCES
The University of Texas at Tyler junior Matt Godwin (Hallsville, Texas) won the javelin with a personal-best throw of 58.18 meters (190 ft-10.) at the University of Central Arkansas Spring Opener. His mark ranks third in NCAA Division III.

East Texas Baptist sophomore Roderick Monroe (Shreveport, La.) was sixth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.22 seconds at the Jet Relays. He also had a 22.99-second mark in the 200-meter dash, placing 11th. Monroe ranks third in the ASC in the 100 and seventh in the 200.

LeTourneau University freshman Austin Parrish (Carthage, Texas) won the pole vault at the UCA Spring Opener by clearing 4.70 meters (15 ft.-5 in.). His mark is tied with teammate Alex Hindman to lead the country. Parrish also had a long jump of 5.80 meters (19 ft.-.5 in.).

OTHER TOP WOMEN’S PERFORMANCES
Ozarks junior Hannah Smith (Blue Eye, Mo.) set a school record in 1,500 meters with a time of 4:58.25 at the UCA Spring Opener. Her time ranks fifth in the region and second in the ASC.

LeTourneau sophomore Alexis Segura (Austin, Texas) recorded the fastest 1,500-meter time in the ASC this season in 4:57.63 at the UCA Spring Opener, placing fifth. She also had a 5,000-meter mark of 19:33.93 to finish fourth. Segura ranks 23rd in the nation in the 1,500 and 38th in the 5K.

Louisiana College freshman Gracie Lacroix (Jena, La.) posted the 10th-best javelin throw in the country at the McNeese Cowboy Relays. She recorded a distance of 36.23 meters (118 ft.-10 in.), placing ninth against NCAA Division I competition.

Belhaven senior Brooklyn Schumaker (Moscow, Idaho) finished third in the 800 meters in 2:24.12 at the ‘Southern Invitational in Birmingham, Ala. Her time leads the ASC and ranks 18th in the country.

Cody Usher
Assistant Commissioner
American Southwest Conference