AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Matches: September 11-15
EAST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Lauren Schilling, MB, Jr., UT Dallas
UT Dallas junior middle blocker Lauren Schilling (San Antonio, Texas) averaged 2.88 kills per set while hitting .407 in the Comets’ 2-2 performance last week. She had 10 kills and hit .364 Tuesday in a sweep over East Texas Baptist to open ASC play. Schilling added 15 kills and hit .560 in UTD’s upset of No. 15 Cal Lutheran to open the NCAA D-III East-West Challenge. She then contributed 10 kills and eight blocks in a five-set loss to No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and had 11 kills and seven blocks in a 3-1 loss to No. 6 Emory. This is Schilling’s second Player of the Week of the season and fifth of her career.
EAST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Makenna Bartlett, L, Jr., UT Tyler
UT Tyler junior libero Makenna Bartlett (Round Rock, Texas) tallied 19 digs in the Patriots’ three-set win over LeTourneau last Tuesday. Bartlett averaged 6.33 digs per set in the victory and served up four aces. This is Bartlett’s second Player of the Week award of the year and third of her career.
WEST DIVISION CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Annika Canaba, MB, Fr., Sul Ross State
Sul Ross State freshman middle blocker Annika Canaba (Alpine, Texas) combined for 44 kills (4.00 per set) while hitting .263 with 3.72 assists per set over three matches last week. She recorded double-doubles of kills and assists in losses to Howard Payne and McMurry but finished the week with a triple-double of 20 kills, 19 assists and 14 digs in a five-set win over Hardin-Simmons.
WEST DIVISION CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Georgia Quiroz, S, So., Concordia Texas
Concordia Texas sophomore setter Georgia Quiroz (Georgetown, Texas) recorded her fifth double-double of the season in the Tornados’ losing effort to Mary Hardin-Baylor with 35 assists and 11 digs. In a sweep at Hardin-Simmons on Tuesday, Quiroz posted 36 assists and eight digs. For the week, she averaged 11.83 assists per set.
WEST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Kianni Mitchell, MB, Jr., McMurry
McMurry junior middle blocker Kianni Mitchell (Abilene, Texas) led the War Hawks with 10 total blocks (1.67 per set) as they swept Schreiner and Sul Ross State. She came up with five blocks each in both matches and hit .400 while connecting on 12 kills.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Louisiana College sophomore outside hitter Jaslyn Bright (Slidell, La.) turned in her second-highest kill a total of the season with 14 in a loss to LeTourneau. For the week, she finished with 19 kills (2.71 per set) with four blocks and 17 digs (2.43).
Hardin-Simmons senior right side Morgan Prince (Lubbock, Texas) hit .403 with 3.20 kills per set as the Cowgirls went 1-2 to start conference play.
Mary Hardin-Baylor freshman middle blocker Kayla Janikula (Kingwood, Texas) helped the Cru to a 3-0 sweep of Concordia Texas to open ASC play. She hit .389 with eight kills and only one error to go with five blocks.
LeTourneau freshman outside hitter Kianna Crow (Spring, Texas) led the YellowJackets to a 2-0 start in the ASC, setting a season-high with 20 kills in a five-set win at Belhaven. She had a double-double in both wins. For the week, Crow, averaged 3.67 kills and 2.75 digs per set while hitting .239.
Howard Payne senior middle blocker Zhartaezia Bradley (Austin, Texas) hit .381 with 2.33 kills per set at the Lady Jackets split to open ASC play.
East Texas Baptist junior outside hitter Sydney Lopez (Waller, Texas) hit .288 with 3.86 kills per set as the Tigers went 2-1 to start ASC competition. She recorded 12 kills with a .321 attack percentage at Belhaven. Lopez then hit .583 with eight kills against Louisiana College.
Hardin-Simmons senior outside hitter Allison Kuster (Mansfield, Texas) averaged 3.82 digs per set to go with 2.18 kills and an ace per set in three matches for the Cowgirls. She also set the school record with nine aces in a win over Howard Payne.
Mary Hardin-Baylor junior outside hitter Jenna Gillean (Belton, Texas) helped the Cru to an ASC-opening sweep over Concordia Texas with nine digs, a block and five kills.
Concordia Texas junior outside hitter Tristyn Massey (Amarillo, Texas) had a career-high 17 kills and 11 digs for a double-double in a sweep of Hardin-Simmons on Tuesday. She followed with nine digs and three blocks in a three-set loss to Mary Hardin-Baylor. For the week, Massey averaged 3.33 digs, 0.83 blocks and 3.67 kills per set.
Howard Payne sophomore setter McKenna Walker (Lorena, Texas) averaged 2.83 digs and 5.33 assists per set as the Lady Jackets split to open ASC play.
UT Dallas junior outside hitter Alex Nolan (Rockwall, Texas) averaged 1.08 blocks and 2.31 digs per set as the Comets posted a 2-2 record last week. She had eight kills and 15 digs in the ASC-opening win over East Texas Baptist. Nolan also had seven kills, 10 digs and seven blocks in a five-set loss to No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and nine kills and six blocks in a four-set loss to No. 6 Emory.
East Texas Baptist senior setter Elyse Shaw (Spring, Texas) had a double-double against UT Dallas with 17 assists and 17 digs, then followed with 13 assists against Belhaven and 17 at Louisiana College. For the week she averaged 5.88 assists and 3.75 digs per set.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE CROSS COUNTRY RUNNERS OF THE WEEK
Meets: September 14-15, 2018
MEN’S RUNNER OF THE WEEK – Mack Broussard, So., East Texas Baptist
East Texas Baptist sophomore Mack Broussard (Hankamer, Texas) earned his second Runner of the Week of the year by breaking the Tiger school record with an 8K time of 26:28.0 at the Rhodes College Invitational. He finished 12th overall and was fourth among NCAA Division III runners.
WOMEN’S RUNNER OF THE WEEK – Sydney Tencate, Jr., Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons junior Sydney Tencate (Moran, Texas) won Runner of the Week for the second time this season and seventh time in her career after placing 18th against mostly NCAA Division I and II competition at the Texas Tech Open. She had posted a 5K mark of 19:43.3, the best in the conference this season.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Hardin-Simmons junior Tyler Rohrman (Waller, Texas) led the Cowboys with an 8K time of 28:54.1 at the Texas Tech Open, placing 36th.
Concordia Texas senior Dylan Zoch (Giddings, Texas) was the Tornados’ top finisher at the Texas Lutheran Invitational with a 5K mark of 18:26, tying for fifth.
East Texas Baptist senior Melissa Kidder (Memphis, Tenn.) finished 77th overall at the Rhodes College Invitational with a 6K time of 27:04.09.
LeTourneau junior Alexis Segura (Austin, Texas) won her second consecutive race, winning the Texas Lutheran Invitational in 19:52 on the 5K course.
Concordia Texas senior Emily Villines (Huntsville, Texas) recorded her second top-three finish of the year as she placed second at the Texas Lutheran Invitational. She ran a 5K time of 20:13 on the course.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: September 10-15, 2018
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Madison Link, M, Sr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
Mary Hardin-Baylor senior midfielder Madison Link (Tomball, Texas) led the Cru to a 2-0 week in ASC play. In a 6-1 win against East Texas Baptist, she had two goals and an assist, which she followed with the game-winner in a double-overtime 2-1 victory against LeTourneau. Link’s performance secured her second career Player of the Week award.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Megan Theros, D, Jr., UT Dallas
UT Dallas junior defender Megan Theros (Batavia, Ill.) guided the Comets to two more shutouts as the Comets improved to 6-0 on the season. She and the back line held Ozarks to just two shots, both in the second half, in a 2-0 home victory over the Eagles. Theros then anchored the defense that blanked UT Tyler 2-0, holding the Patriots to three shots on goal. This is her second career Player of the Week honor.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Sul Ross State junior midfielder Aylin Villalobos (El Paso, Texas) scored a goal in each of the Lobos’ ASC games over the weekend. She netted the game-winner on a penalty kick in a 2-1 victory at McMurry. Villalobos also scored in a 3-1 loss to No. 7 Hardin-Simmons.
UT Dallas sophomore midfielder Keely Fillman (Los Angeles, Calif.) scored both goals for the Comets as the defeated UT Tyler 2-0 to improve to 6-0 on the year.
LeTourneau freshman forward Reagan Sandford (Gastonia, N.C.) posted two goals and an assist in the YellowJackets 4-1 victory at Concordia Texas.
Belhaven junior forward Erica Rempel (San Antonio, Texas) scored both goals in the Blazers’ 2-1 victory against Louisiana College.
Concordia Texas freshman forward Savannah McHam (Burnet, Texas) scored her first three career goals as the Tornados went 1-1. She had a goal in a loss to LeTourneau, then scored a pair in a 3-0 victory against East Texas Baptist.
Louisiana College sophomore midfielder Molly Edelman (League City, Texas) scored the Wildcat’s lone goal, a 40-yard blast from the right side, in a 2-1 loss at Belhaven.
Hardin-Simmons sophomore midfielder Rachel Bean (Frisco, Texas) scored two goals in the No. 7 Cowgirls’ 3-1 victory over Sul Ross State.
Howard Payne freshman goalkeeper Delaney Castor (Irving, Texas) recorded 27 saves in three games, including 15 saves in a 0-0, double-overtime tie with Ozarks on Saturday.
LeTourneau freshman goalkeeper Mackenzie Wilbanks (Frisco, Texas) made 25 saves with 1.38 goals against average as the YellowJackets went 1-1 on the week. She came up with 18 saves in a 2-1 double-overtime loss at Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Concordia Texas senior defender Skylar Larkin (Liberty Hill, Texas) anchored the Tornado defense that shutout East Texas Baptist 3-0.
Mary Hardin-Baylor senior defender Sydney Rangel (Midlothian, Texas) helped the Cru to a 2-0 week in ASC play with a 6-1 win over East Texas Baptist and a 2-1 double-overtime victory against LeTourneau. She played 68 minutes against ETBU and limited them to just four shots while on the field. Rangel played the entire 108 minutes against the YellowJackets and limited them to just three shots.
Hardin-Simmons senior midfielder Sarah Krisa (Midland, Texas) led the possession game for the No. 7 Cowgirls in a 3-1 win against Sul Ross State, limiting the Lobos to no corner kicks.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE MEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: September 10-15, 2018
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Rafael Lara, F, Sr., McMurry
McMurry senior forward Rafael Lara (Houston, Texas) scored the game-tying goal in the 67th minute, then followed with the game-winner in the 73rd in the War Hawks’ 2-1 win against Sul Ross State on Thursday. The tying score came off a deflected save. Lara’s game-winner was header off a cross by teammate Jesus Gil.
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Patrick Roach, F, Fr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
Mary Hardin-Baylor freshman forward Patrick Roach (Kingwood, Texas) tallied four goals, including two game-winners, as the No. 15/21 Cru went 2-0 to open ASC play. He scored both goals in a 2-0 win against East Texas Baptist and followed with two more in a 6-1 victory over LeTourneau.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Caleb Vandergriff, D, Sr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
Mary Hardin-Baylor senior defender Caleb Vandergriff (Georgetown, Texas) led a defense that allowed just four shots in two games as the No. 15/21 Cru went 2-0 to open ASC play. In the 2-0 shutout of East Texas Baptist, he and UMHB defense allowed just two shots. In a 6-1 victory against LeTourneau, they gave up a quick goal on the kickoff, but only allowed one shot the rest of the game. Vandergriff played all 180 minutes and assisted a goal against ETBU to earn his second career Player of the Week award.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Howard Payne freshman forward Ricardo Pierce (Lewisville, Texas) scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 ASC victory over Ozarks. He also posted a goal in a 2-1 road win at Hendrix.
Louisiana College sophomore forward Jay Pinto (Sao Paulo, Brazil) scored a goal in the Wildcats’ 3-2 overtime loss at Hendrix and added another in a 3-2 double-overtime victory at Belhaven.
Concordia Texas senior forward Omar Aguirre (Austin, Texas) netted a hat-trick in the Tornados’ 4-1 victory over LeTourneau on Thursday. He followed with an assist in a 2-0 win against East Texas Baptist.
LeTourneau sophomore forward Varney Carter (Temple, Texas) broke the ASC record for the fastest goal to start a game, scoring in 11 seconds against No. 15/21 Mary Hardin-Baylor Saturday night.
UT Dallas freshman forward Oliver Hamby (Frisco, Texas) was taken down in the penalty box which led to the game-tying penalty kick by a teammate, then he scored the game-winner as the Comets defeated Ozarks 2-1 to open ASC play Thursday.
Sul Ross State freshman forward Luis Gonzalez (El Paso, Texas) posted two of three Lobos’ goals in a 3-2 overtime win at Hardin-Simmons, the first victory in program history.
Concordia Texas senior defender Nash Cole (Sugar Land, Texas) was part of a defense that allowed just one goal in two games on the week. He helped the Tornados to a 4-1 win over LeTourneau and also scored a goal in a 2-0 shutout over East Texas Baptist.
Sul Ross State junior goalkeeper Frank Rodriguez (El Paso, Texas) shouldered 12 saves as the Lobos went 1-1 on the road to open ASC play.