AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Matches: September 18-22
EAST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Kaitlyn Budisalovich, OH, Jr., UT Tyler
UT Tyler junior outside hitter Kaitlyn Budisalovich (Cypress, Texas) recorded a career-high with 18 kills in a four-set win against East Texas Baptist, followed by 20 kills in a five-set victory over McMurry. She hit .341 with 4.40 kills per set as the No. 23 Patriots went 4-0 for the week. Budisalovich also had seven blocks on the week.
EAST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Lauren Schilling, MB, Jr., UT Dallas
UT Dallas junior middle blocker Lauren Schilling (San Antonio, Texas) was a force at the net, averaging 1.69 blocks as the Comets went 3-1 in conference play. Schilling opened the week with six kills and five blocks Tuesday in a home sweep of LeTourneau. She added 14 kills and eight blocks in a 3-2 loss at Mary Hardin-Baylor to open the ASC Crossover. Schilling finished the week with nine kills and six blocks against Concordia Texas and seven kills and three blocks in a sweep over Howard Payne. She also hit .382 with 2.77 kills per set. This is Schilling’s third Player of the Week of the year and sixth of her career.
WEST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Justice McGowan, MB, Jr., McMurry
McMurry junior middle blocker Justice McGowan (Waco, Texas) led the War Hawks to a 3-1 record last week by hitting .358 with 2.35 kills per set to go with 1.06 blocks. She hit .478 with 12 kills and nine blocks in a five-set loss to No. 23 UT Tyler and had 14 kills and hit .545 in a five-set victory over East Texas Baptist. This is McGowan’s fourth career Player of the Week award.
WEST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Miranda Klein, S, Jr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
Mary Hardin-Baylor junior setter Miranda Klein (Georgetown, Texas) led the Cru to a 4-0 week with three sweeps. She totaled 42 digs (3.00 per set) over 14 sets and 15 blocks (1.07). She led UMHB with 22 digs and had five blocks in a five-set victory over UT Dallas. Klein also hit .270 with 34 kills and 46 assists. This is Klein’s second Player of the Week award of the season and third of her career.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Louisiana College junior outside hitter Paola Salas Adorno (Toa Alta, P.R.) made her season debut this week and set a new program record with 20 kills and five aces in a five-set win over Belhaven – the program’s first home and ASC victory. For the week, Salas Adorno hit .213 with 3.60 kills and 0.47 aces per set as the Wildcats went 2-2.
Hardin-Simmons senior right side Morgan Prince (Lubbock, Texas) led the Cowgirls with 33 kills (2.20 per set) while hitting .244 as they went 2-2 on the week.
Howard Payne sophomore setter McKenna Walker (Lorena, Texas) averaged 8.00 assists per set for the Lady Jackets in four conference matches.
UT Dallas junior outside hitter Jillian Via (Frisco, Texas) averaged 3.46 kills and 2.92 digs per set while hitting at a .277 clip as the Comets went 3-1 last week. She had double-digit kills in all four matches and posted seven aces. Via had 12 kills and nine digs in a three-set sweep at home over LeTourneau. She followed with 13 kills and 18 digs in Friday’s five-set loss at Mary Hardin-Baylor and had 10 kills each in sweeps of Concordia Texas and Howard Payne.
East Texas Baptist sophomore outside hitter Natalie Coburn (San Antonio, Texas) posted a season-high 17 kills in a five-set loss to McMurry. In four matches, she had 37 kills (2.18 per set) and hit .234 for the week.
Sul Ross State freshman middle blocker Annika Canaba (Alpine, Texas) combined for 42 kills (3.82 per set) over three matches during the ASC Crossover. She posted her second triple-double of the year with 14 kills, 17 assists and 21 digs in a five-set victory over LeTourneau. For the week, Canaba hit .252 and averaged 3.73 digs per set.
Mary Hardin-Baylor junior setter Cory Jo Martin (Manvel, Texas) anchored a Crusader offense that hit .284 in four wins last week. Martin tallied 124 assists over 14 sets, averaging 8.90 per set. She led with 52 assists in a five-set win against UT Dallas, then recorded 20 or more in three consecutive UMHB sweeps. Martin also recorded 13 kills, 40 digs and nine blocks on the week.
Concordia Texas junior outside hitter Sam Mendez (Lubbock, Texas) helped the Tornados to a pair of wins over Louisiana College and Belhaven at the ASC Crossover on Saturday. She hit .583 with eight kills in the sweep of Belhaven. For the week, she hit .295 with 2.60 kills per set.
Louisiana College sophomore libero Olivia Huval (Breaux Bridge, La.) came up with 4.33 digs per set as the Wildcats went 2-2 for the week. She recorded 23 digs in a five-set win over Howard Payne.
Hardin-Simmons senior libero Leecia DePaula (Burleson, Texas) led the Cowgirls with 66 digs (4.40 per set) as they went 2-2 on the week.
Howard Payne senior middle blocker Zhartaezia Bradley (Austin, Texas) recorded 12 blocks (0.86 per set) and hit .370 with 3.64 kills per set in four conference matches for the Lady Jackets.
East Texas Baptist junior outside hitter Sydney Lopez (Waller, Texas) led the Tigers with 3.17 digs per set and recorded a double-double in the Tigers’ four matches.
Concordia Texas sophomore libero Rylee Davis (Austin, Texas) had a career-high 24 digs in the Tornados’ five-set thriller with Southwestern on Tuesday. She also had double-digit digs in wins over Louisiana College and Belhaven and averaged 4.29 digs per set for the week.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: September 18-22, 2018
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Kenne Kessler, F, Sr., Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons senior forward Kenne Kessler (Highland Village, Texas) broke the ASC career goals record, moving her total to 77. She recorded a hat trick in the first half of a 6-1 victory at East Texas Baptist Thursday to tie the mark of 76 held by Cowgirl alum Amy Kuykendall (2006-10). Kessler broke the record with a goal in a 4-0 victory at LeTourneau, earning her sixth career Player of the Week honors.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Meagan Chavez, D, Sr., UT Dallas
UT Dallas senior defender Meagan Chavez (El Paso, Texas) anchored a Comet back line that did not allow in goal in three games last week. After sitting out Tuesday’s 8-0 non-conference road win at Austin, Chavez was in the starting lineup for both of UTD’s ASC games that held their foes to 10 total shots, five on goal. Chavez and the Comets have recorded eight shutouts and only one goal in nine games this season.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
LeTourneau freshman midfielder Kara Gipson (Fort Worth, Texas) assisted on two goals in a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over McMurry on Thursday. Both assists came on corner kicks for the YellowJackets.
Ozarks senior forward Madison Chaney (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) recorded a hat trick in a 3-1 come-from-behind victory over Concordia Texas Thursday.
East Texas Baptist freshman midfielder/defender Brianna Mickshaw (Katy, Texas) scored the game-winning goal in the 74th minute in a 2-1 victory against McMurry.
UT Tyler sophomore defender Kiara Rolen (Carrollton, Texas) and Kaelyn Steitz (McKinney, Texas) each netted a pair of goals as the Patriots went 1-0-1 on the week. Steitz scored the lone goal in a 1-1 double-overtime tie with Mary Hardin-Baylor and had another in a win over Concordia Texas. Rolen posted the final two goals in the 3-0 victory over the Tornados.
Howard Payne senior midfielder Dayane Gutierrez (Haltom City, Texas) dished out two assists and recorded three shots in 3-0 shutout of Louisiana College.
Concordia Texas sophomore midfielder Cayla Gonzalez (Austin, Texas) scored the first goal of the game for the Tornados against Ozarks on Thursday in a 3-1 loss.
UT Dallas senior forward Melissa Fulfer (Arlington, Texas) recorded a hat trick in Tuesday’s 8-0 win at Austin then added a goal in the Comets’ 5-0 victory at Louisiana College. Fulfer pitched in two assists in Saturday’s 6-0 victory at Belhaven to finish with 10 points in UTD’s three victories.
Hardin-Simmons senior midfielder Sarah Krisa (Midland, Texas) helped the No. 7/9 Cowgirls to a pair of road victories – 6-1 at East Texas Baptist and a 4-0 shutout at LeTourneau. Krisa and the HSU defense allowed just eight shots and three on goal in the two contests.
Mary Hardin-Baylor senior defender Sydney Rangel (Midlothian, Texas) helped the Cru to a 1-0-1 week, with a 1-1 tie against UT Tyler and a 3-0 win at Ozarks. Rangel and the UMHB defense allowed the Patriots just six shots on goal in the double-overtime game. Rangel assisted the game-winning goal at Ozarks and helped allow just Eagle 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.
Ozarks sophomore goalkeeper Kiara Henry (Rogers, Ark.) went 1-1 for the Eagles, making 24 saves with 2.00 goals against average.
Howard Payne freshman defender Mariah Gonzalez (Buda, Texas) led the Lady Jackets defensive unit that shutout Louisiana College 3-0. Her side of the field did not allow a goal in two games. She also recorded two assists as the Lady Jackets also picked up a 4-2 victory at Belhaven.
Concordia Texas junior defender Alicia Pineda (Austin, Texas) recorded her first assist of the season against UT Tyler while playing from the right-back position.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE MEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: September 20-22, 2018
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Jovi Munoz, F, Fr., UT Dallas
UT Dallas freshman forward Jovi Munoz (Arlington, Texas) scored three goals as the Comets collected a pair of road victories last week. Munoz tallied twice on just three shots, including the game-winner, on Thursday as UTD blanked Louisiana College 3-0. He then added a goal in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Belhaven to earn his second Player of the Week award of the year.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Max Dier, GK, So., UT Dallas
UT Dallas sophomore goalkeeper Max Dier (Sierra Madre, Calif.) made five total saves and posted two road shutouts for the Comets. In his first collegiate start, he made three saves in a 3-0 win at Louisiana College Thursday. Dier followed with two saves in a 2-0 victory at Belhaven Saturday.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Howard Payne senior midfielder Michael Westerman (Brownwood, Texas) recorded a penalty kick goal in a 2-1 loss at Belhaven and scored the game-winner on a PK 43 seconds into overtime in a 1-0 victory at Louisiana College.
Belhaven senior forward Alex Hales (Walsall, England) recorded a goal and had an assist in the Blazers’ 2-1 victory against Howard Payne.
Concordia Texas senior forward Omar Aguirre (Austin, Texas) converted a penalty kick in the 28th minute of a 1-0 win against Ozarks and had the only goal in late in regulation of a 1-1 draw with UT Tyler.
Ozark’s senior midfielder Michael Luster (Lewisville, Texas) recorded the game-winning goal on a header in the 88th minute to help the Eagles post a 3-2 win over No. 13/15 Mary Hardin-Baylor Saturday. He also scored a goal in the first half against the Cru.
East Texas Baptist freshman midfielder/forward Travis Floyd (Midlothian, Texas) scored the only goal in a 1-0 win against Hardin-Simmons on Thursday.
LeTourneau freshman forward Moises Soto-Barrera (Allen, Texas) gave the YellowJackets their first win over Hardin-Simmons since 2004 by scoring a goal with 57 seconds left in the second overtime, for a 2-1 victory.
Howard Payne sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Hackney (Bedford, Texas) went 1-1 for the week with a 2-1 loss at Belhaven and a 1-0 overtime shutout at Louisiana College, recording four saves.
Belhaven senior keeper Thomas Blake (Fulton, Miss.) recorded nine saves and 1.50 goals against average as the Blazers went 1-1 on the week.
Concordia Texas junior goalkeeper Rob Oakley (Dallas, Texas) helped secured the Tornados’ win over Ozarks with four saves in a 1-0 shutout. He also had two saves in a 1-1 double-overtime time at UT Tyler.
UT Tyler junior goalkeeper Parker O’Quinn (Forney, Texas) recorded two saves and gave up one goal as the Patriots went 1-0-1 on the week. He came up with a shutout over No. 13/15 Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Ozark’s senior defender Bradley Rice (Fort Smith, Ark.) patrolled the back for the Eagles and scored the equalizer in the 3-2 win over No. 13/15 Mary Hardin-Baylor.
East Texas Baptist senior goalkeeper Bryant Botello (Spring, Texas) went 1-0-1 on the weekend with a 1-0 shutout of Hardin-Simmons. He had three saves against the Cowboys, then collected three saves in a 2-2 double-overtime against McMurry. For the weekend, he posted six saves with 0.90 goals against average.
LeTourneau freshman goalkeeper C.J. Leyva (Fontana, Calif.) helped the YellowJackets pick up a pair of ASC wins, including a 1-0 shutout over McMurry. For the week, he recorded five saves with 0.45 goals against average.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE CROSS COUNTRY RUNNERS OF THE WEEK
Meets: September 22, 2018
MEN’S RUNNER OF THE WEEK – Mack Broussard, So., East Texas Baptist
East Texas Baptist sophomore Mack Broussard (Hankamer, Texas) broke his own Tiger 8K record at the Chile Pepper Festival with a time of 26:03.02. He placed 79th overall out of 441 runners to earn his third Runner of the Week award of the season.
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 third time this season and eighth time in her career after placing 124th out of 424 runners at the Chile Pepper Festival with a 5K time of 19:22.8.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
UT Dallas freshman Cannon Leavitt (Twin Falls, Idaho) was the second fastest ASC runner at the Chile Pepper Festival, finishing 111th with an eight-kilometer time of 26:34.3.
Ozarks sophomore Nathaneal Rankin (Plano, Texas) was the top finisher for the Eagles at the Chile Pepper Festival, placing 125th overall with an 8K time of 26:42.0.
Hardin-Simmons junior Tyler Rohrman (Waller, Texas) led the Cowboys with an 8K time of 27:22.6 at the Chile Pepper Festival, finishing 184th.
Ozarks senior Hannah Smith (Blue Eye, Mo.) broke the Eagles’ school 5K record at the Chile Pepper Festival running a 19:26.8. She placed 130th overall and was second among ASC harriers.
UT Dallas junior Hollee Ratliff (Amarillo, Texas) was the Comets’ top finisher at the Chile Pepper Festival. She placed 244th overall, with a time of 21:00.5.
East Texas Baptist senior Melissa Kidder (Memphis, Tenn.) recorded a 5K mark of 21:06.7 at the Chile Pepper Festival, finishing 253rd.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: September 22, 2018
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Jaquan Hemphill, RB, Sr., Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons senior running back Jaquan Hemphill (Coleman, Texas) had 225 yards rushing on just 13 carries and scored four times as the No. 6/8 Cowboys defeated Howard Payne 47-14. All four touchdowns came in the first half on runs of 25, 58, 14 and 33 yards as he averaged 17.3 yards per carrying. This is Hemphill’s second Player of the Week award of the year and fourth of his career.
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Kevin Hurley Jr., QB, Jr., McMurry
McMurry junior quarterback Kevin Hurley Jr. (Diboll, Texas) led the War Hawks fourth-quarter comeback to gain their first win of the season, 35-24 over Sul Ross State. On the go-ahead drive, Hurley completed five consecutive passes, the last of which was a four-yard aerial touchdown to Spencer Knox in the far corner of the end zone, giving McMurry a 28-24 with 8:04 left. On the night, Hurley was 28-for-41 with 452 yards and four touchdowns to earn his second career Player of the Week award.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Orel Ledet Jr., LB, Sr., Louisiana College
Louisiana College junior linebacker Orel Ledet Jr. (Breaux Bridge, La.) earned his second career Player of the Week honors by making 16 tackles, including 10 solo stops, in the Wildcats’ 21-19 win at Southwestern. He also had one for a loss of two yards and helped hold the Pirates to only 199 yards rushing.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Reese Childress, KR/P, Sr., Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons senior kick returner/punter Reese Childress (Abilene, Texas) was his typical all-around self in the No. 6/8 Cowboys’ 47-14 win over Howard Payne Saturday. He recorded a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown and had one punt that landed inside the 20. Offensively, Childress had a 15-yard touchdown catch, a 15-yard rushing score and recorded a tackle. This is Childress’ third career Player of the Week honors.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Texas Lutheran senior quarterback Kyle Grona (Fredericksburg, Texas) threw for 193 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s 47-14 loss to No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor. He was 22-for-40 with an interception. Grona also rushed six times for 31 yards.
Howard Payne sophomore wide receiver Jordan Bryant (Crandall, Texas) led the Yellow Jackets with four catches for 116 yards and a 75-yard touchdown in their loss to No. 6/8 Hardin-Simmons.
Louisiana College junior wide receiver JoJo Robinson (Miami, Fla.) was the go-to target for the Wildcats in their 21-19 win at Southwestern. He made 11 catches for 193 yards and a touchdown.
Mary Hardin-Baylor junior quarterback Jase Hammack (Andrews, Texas) set a Cru record with 26 completions and tied a school record with five touchdowns to go with 378 yards in their 47-14 victory at Texas Lutheran.
East Texas Baptist junior quarterback Brian Baca (Pittsburg, Texas) led the Tigers to their second straight win, a 46-20 victory at Belhaven, by throwing 13-for-29 for 349 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 22 yards and a score. Baca connected with Tarek Beaugard early in the third quarter for a 91-yard TD.
Texas Lutheran junior defensive tackle Nwankwo Nwankwo (Richmond, Texas) recorded six tackles, forced a fumble and had a sack for a yard in the Bulldogs’ loss to No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Howard Payne junior linebacker Austin Killgore (Tarkington, Texas) led all tacklers in a loss to No. 6/8 Hardin-Simmons with 11, including four solo and a tackle for loss.
Mary Hardin-Baylor senior safety Raylor Hickey (Giddings, Texas) had a career-high 14 tackles with 12 solo stops as the No. 2 Cru held the Bulldogs to just 284 yards of total offense and 14 points.
Hardin-Simmons senior linebacker Chris Miller (San Marcos, Texas) led the Cowboys with seven tackles and a tackle for a loss to go with a blocked field goal.
East Texas Baptist senior defensive tackle Quaylon Beckley (Houston, Texas) had a big impact up front in the Tigers’ 46-20 win at Belhaven with five solo tackles, a forced fumble and a sack for 11 yards.
McMurry sophomore linebacker Josh Smith (Bossier City, La.) recorded a game-high 12 tackles, with one for a loss, and four pass breakups in the War Hawks 35-24 win over Sul Ross State.
East Texas Baptist sophomore kicker Drew McKay (Forney, Texas) hit two field goals to keep the Tigers ahead in the first half at Belhaven in the Tigers’ 46-20 win. He made field goals from 22 and 30 yards and was 2-of-3 in extra point attempts.
Howard Payne junior kick returner DunTayviun Gross (Tyler, Texas) had five kick returns for 183 yards, including an 86-yard return for a touchdown against No. 6/8 Hardin-Simmons.
Texas Lutheran freshman punter Justice Porter (Houston, Texas) punted eight times for 316 yards and a 39.5 yard average against No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor. He had a long of 60 and one inside the 20.