AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Matches: October 2-6, 2018
EAST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Reighanna Guzman, S, Sr., UT Tyler
UT Tyler senior setter Reighanna Guzman (San Antonio, Texas) led the No. 19 Patriots to a five-set win at Southwestern by recording 57 assists, four blocks and 21 digs in their only match of the week. Guzman averaged 11.40 assists per set in the victory to earn her second consecutive Player of the Week award.
EAST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Kayla McCoy, MB, Jr., UT Tyler
UT Tyler senior middle blocker Kayla McCoy (White Oak, Texas) recorded 11 total blocks, two solos with two digs in the No. 19 Patriots’ five-set win at Southwestern. McCoy averaged 2.20 blocks per set and had 10 kills in the win.
WEST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Sarah Paolini, MB, Jr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
Mary Hardin-Baylor junior Sarah Paolini (Kalispell, Mont.) helped the No. 25 Cru to a 3-0 week, hitting .410 in three wins. She slammed 30 kills (2.31) over 13 sets, committing only five errors. She opened the week with six kills in a win over Hardin-Simmons, then had back-to-back 12-kill matches against Concordia Texas and Southwestern. Paolini added 17 total blocks (1.31 per set) to earn her second straight and third Player of the Week honors of her career.
WEST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Miranda Klein, S, Jr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
Mary Hardin-Baylor junior setter Miranda Klein (Georgetown, Texas) was once again dominant on both aspects of defense, totaling 57 digs (4.38 per set) and 12 blocks (0.92 per set) as the No. 25 Cru went 3-0 on the week. She tallied 19 digs against Hardin-Simmons, 14 against Concordia Texas and 24 against Southwestern. Klein also had double-doubles in all three matches, recording 22 kills and 40 assists for the week for her fourth Player of the Week of the season and fifth of her career.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Belhaven senior right side Ryan Hardin (Alpine, Texas) led the Blazers to a 2-1 week by hitting .250 with 3.27 kills per set. She recorded 15 kills in a five-set loss at East Texas Baptist and 14 in a sweep at LeTourneau.
East Texas Baptist sophomore outside hitter Natalie Coburn (San Antonio, Texas) recorded a double-double with 13 kills and 12 digs against Belhaven, then had 14 kills and hit .609 in a sweep of Louisiana College as the Tigers went 2-1 on the week. In three matches, Coburn hit .351 with 2.82 kills and 2.55 digs per set.
Concordia Texas junior outside hitter Tristyn Massey (Amarillo, Texas) had a pair of double-doubles for the week to help the Tornados to a 2-1 record. In their road victory over McMurry, Massey had a career-high 19 kills to go with 13 digs. Against No. 25 Mary Hardin-Baylor, she had 13 kills and 10 digs. For the week, Massey hit .226 with 3.36 kills and 3.00 digs per set.
Louisiana College junior outside hitter Paola Salas Adorno (Toa Alta, P.R.) set a new Wildcat record, hitting .680 with 18 kills against LeTourneau. She followed with 19 kills against Dallas. For the week, Salas Adorno hit .305 with 4.00 kills per set.
UT Dallas junior setter Caroline Shecterle (Pearland, Texas) averaged 6.29 assists per set as the Comets split two road matches last week. She had 14 assists with seven digs in Tuesday’s road sweep over East Texas Baptist, then averaged 30 assists and eight digs in Friday’s four-set loss at Southwestern.
Hardin-Simmons junior right side Katylynn Lewis (Odessa, Texas) hit .339 with 26 kills (2.36 per set) as the Cowgirls went 2-1 on the week. She recorded 13 kills and hit .423 in the four-set win against Sul Ross State.
East Texas Baptist senior libero Karina Lay (Frisco, Texas) came up with 45 digs on the week (4.09 per set), posting 22 in a five-set win against Belhaven and 16 in a sweep of Louisiana College as the Tigers went 2-1 on the week. Lay also had four aces and eight assists.
Concordia Texas sophomore libero Rylee Davis (Austin, Texas) had at least 15 kills in all three of the Tornados’ matches, including a team-high 22 digs in a win over McMurry Thursday. For the week, Davis averaged 4.91 digs per set.
UT Dallas junior middle blocker Lauren Schilling (San Antonio, Texas) averaged 2.71 kills and 1.71 blocks per set while hitting .357 in the Comets’ two road matches. Schilling opened the week with six kills and four blocks in Tuesday’s road sweep of East Texas Baptist. She then added 13 kills and eight blocks in a four-set loss at Southwestern.
Hardin-Simmons senior libero Leecia DePaula (Burleson, Texas) averaged 4.60 digs per set while helping the Cowgirls to a 2-1 week. She posted 23 digs in a four-set win against Sul Ross State.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE MEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: October 2-6, 2018
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Alex Ross, M, Sr., Ozarks
Ozarks’ senior midfielder Alex Ross (Heath, Texas) started the week with a hat trick in the Eagles’ 7-0 non-conference win over Ecclesia on Tuesday. He followed with a game-winner in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Sul Ross State.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Preston Hillis, D, Sr. Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons senior defender Preston Hillis (Irving, Texas) led the Cowboys to two straight shutouts and their first two wins of the season. In Thursday’s 2-0 win at Louisiana College, Hillis and the back line limited the Wildcats to nine shots and only two on goal. HSU held Belhaven to only four shots and two on goal in a 1-0 overtime victory on Saturday.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Mary Hardin-Baylor freshman midfielder Jacob Cabezas (Frisco, Texas) propelled the Cru to a 2-1 overtime win over Howard Payne, netting both of UMHB’s goals. He scored the equalizer in the 68th minute, then found the back of the net for the game-winner seven minutes into overtime.
LeTourneau junior forward Teddy Bogba (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored his first goal of the year as part of a 3-1 victory over East Texas Baptist to help extend the YellowJackets’ winning streak to four matches.
UT Dallas sophomore forward Donny Smith (Katy, Texas) scored twice as he sparked the Comets to a pair of home wins against two top teams in the ASC. Smith tallied the game-tying goal in an eventual 3-1 home win over Mary Hardin-Baylor Thursday, then added the second goal in a 3-0 home win over Concordia Texas Saturday in a battle of ASC unbeaten.
East Texas Baptist senior midfielder Daniel Rutter (League City, Texas) scored two of the Tigers’ three goals on the week as they went 1-1. He scored the game-winning goal in the 20th minute in a 2-1 victory at Hendrix. Rutter also netted the only goal for ETBU in a 3-1 loss to LeTourneau on Saturday.
Concordia Texas freshman midfielder Victor Gomez (Austin, Texas) scored his first career goal in the Tornados’ 4-0 win over Howard Payne.
LeTourneau freshman goalkeeper C.J. Leyva (Fontana, Calif.) turned away four shots and allowed one goal while playing all 90 minutes in the YellowJackets’ 3-1 win over East Texas Baptist.
UT Dallas junior defender Brad Rivenes (Sugar Land, Texas) scored his first goal of the season Saturday as he knocked in a header on a corner kick, proving to be the game-winner, in the Comets’ 3-0 win over previously unbeaten Concordia Texas. He also anchored the defense that earned a 3-1 home win over Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Ozarks’ senior defender Bradley Rice (Fort Smith, Ark.) helped the Eagles post a 2-0 record for the week. He scored a goal in a 7-0 shutout non-conference win against Ecclesia on Tuesday, then led the back line in a 2-1 victory over Sul Ross State on Saturday.
Concordia Texas sophomore defender Zack Kusak (New Braunfels, Texas) helped the Tornados on the back line record its fourth shutout of the season in a 4-0 victory at Howard Payne. He also scored a goal, which proved to be the game-winner, and assisted a goal.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: October 1-6, 2018
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Randle Dennison, F, Fr., Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons freshman forward Randle Dennison (Abilene, Texas) scored game-winning goals in both wins for the No. 7/8 Cowgirls. She scored just 4:35 into the game in a 10-0 victory at Louisiana College on Thursday. Dennison followed with a hat-trick in Saturday’s 6-0 win at Belhaven.
CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Monica Dallacasa, GK, Sr., UT Dallas
UT Dallas senior goalkeeper Monica Dallacasa (The Woodlands, Texas) recorded a pair of shutouts as the Comets earned 1-0 home wins over both Mary Hardin-Baylor and Concordia Texas. Dallacasa made three saves Thursday against UMHB, then added two more saves Saturday for her eighth shutout of the season versus the Tornados. This is Dallacasa’s sixth career Player of the Week award.
CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Cindy Villasana, GK, So., McMurry
McMurry sophomore goalkeeper Cindy Villasana (Cleburne, Texas) recorded back-to-back shutouts for the War Hawks. She came up with three saves in a 2-0 win at Belhaven on Thursday, then followed with three more saves in an overtime-tie at Louisiana College on Saturday.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
UT Dallas sophomore Keely Fillman (Los Angeles, Calif.) scored the game-winner in the 88th minute Thursday night as the Comets handed Mary Hardin-Baylor its first ASC loss, 1-0. Fillman accepted a pass from 10 yards out and froze the keeper to lace the deciding tally into the back of the net, avoiding overtime.
Concordia Texas junior forward Pamela Lasprilla (Kyle, Texas) score her fourth goal of the season, which proved to be the game-winner, in a 3-2 victory at Howard Payne.
LeTourneau junior defender Lexi Funk (Lake Jackson, Texas) managed to be in the right place at the right time to score her first goal and allow the YellowJackets to reclaim the lead in a 3-1 win over East Texas Baptist on Saturday night.
Sul Ross State freshman forward Emily Mahalik (Fort Worth, Texas) posted three goals over a two-game road stretch at UT Tyler and Ozarks.
Concordia Texas sophomore goalkeeper Shelby Franco (Hurst, Texas) allowed only three goals for the week, helping the Tornados to a 1-1 week. In a 1-0 loss to UT Dallas, Franco came up with a career-high 10 saves. She also had five saves in a win over Howard Payne.
Mary Hardin-Baylor senior defender Sydney Rangel (Midlothian, Texas) helped the Cru to a 1-1 week and led a Crusader defense that gave up just five shots on goal in 180 minutes of action. Sydney Rangel and the UMHB defense held UT Dallas to just four shots on frame and surrendered only one to Howard Payne.
Hardin-Simmons junior defender Kendell Groom (Frisco, Texas) led the No. 7/8 defense in a pair of shutouts – 10-0 at Louisiana College and 6-0 at Belhaven. Groom also recorded an assist at Belhaven.
Sul Ross State senior goalkeeper Kelly Swenson (Austin, Texas) posted a 1-1 record on the road at UT Tyler and Ozarks, recording 11 saves.
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Meets: October 6, 2018
MEN’S RUNNER OF THE WEEK – Mack Broussard, So., East Texas Baptist
East Texas Baptist sophomore Mack Broussard (Hankamer, Texas) won the ETBU Tiger Invitational by 1:12 with a time of 26:26.2 on the 8K course to earn his fourth Runner of the Week award of the year.
WOMEN’S RUNNER OF THE WEEK – Alexis Segura, Jr., LeTourneau
LeTourneau junior Alexis Segura (Austin, Texas) earned her third individual title of the year, winning the 70-runner ETBU Tiger Invitational with a 6K time of 23:26.40. She won the race by nearly 40 seconds.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Ozarks sophomore Michael Harris (Elkins, Ark.) won the 8K University of the Ozarks Invitational posting a time of 27:33.3 Saturday to claim his second individual title of the 2018 season. Harris topped 35 other runners in the race and helped the Eagles capture the team title.
UT Tyler sophomore Matthew Cecotti (Lindale, Texas) finished second at the ETBU Tiger Invitational in 27:38.4 on the 8K course, helping the Patriots to the team title.
Hardin-Simmons junior Tyler Rohrman (Waller, Texas) led the Cowboys’ effort at the ETBU Tiger Invitational with a fifth-place finish. He had a time of 28:04.1 in the 8K race.
LeTourneau sophomore Lorien Nightingale (Njoro, Kenya) earned his second top 10 finish of the year and led the YellowJackets individually for the second time this year with an 8K time of 28:51.5 at the ETBU Tiger Invitational.
Concordia Texas senior Dylan Zoch (Giddings, Texas) ran a season-best 8K time of 29:32.5 to finish in 19th place at the ETBU Tiger Invitational.
Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore Daniel Choi (Alameda, Calif.) ran a season-best time of 30:11.7 to finish 23rd at the ETBU Tiger Invitational.
Ozarks senior Hannah Smith (Blue Eye, Mo.) posted her second individual title of the season, winning the University of the Ozarks Invitational Saturday. Smith won the 5K race running a 20:09.9.
Hardin-Simmons junior Sydney Tencate (Moran, Texas) finished second at the ETBU Tiger Invitational with a 6K mark of 24:05.1.
Concordia Texas senior Emily Villines (Huntsville, Texas) finished in the top three in a race for the third time this season at the ETBU Tiger Invitational. Her final time of 24:27.3 was her best time in a 6K this season.
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AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: October 6, 2018
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Brian Baca, QB, Jr., East Texas Baptist
East Texas Baptist junior quarterback Brian Baca (Pittsburg, Texas) threw for 314 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for a pair of scores and 73 yards in the Tigers’ 54-28 win over Howard Payne. Baca was 14-of-26 passing and ran for a 50-yard touchdown to earn his third career Player of the Week honors.
CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – James Bell, S, So., Texas Lutheran
Texas Lutheran sophomore safety James Bell (Houston, Texas) returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown early in the first quarter and had a 50-yard pick in the final minute to preserve a 41-36 victory at Louisiana College. Bell tallied 105 yards in interception returns and four solo tackles, including one for a loss of eight yards to earn his second Player of the Week award of the season.
CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – De Jackson, LB, Sr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
Mary Hardin-Baylor senior linebacker De Jackson (Lindale, Texas) had a team-high seven tackles, six solo, and broke up a pass, in his first start of a season, a 26-0 win over No. 6/7 Hardin-Simmons. He led the defense that held the Cowboys to just 222 yards of total offense and shut them out for the first time since 1992.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Matthew Guth, P, Sr., Louisiana College
Louisiana College senior punter Matthew Guth (Shreveport, La.) boomed 10 punts for an average of 44.5 yards with a pair of 50 or more in the Wildcats’ 41-36 loss to Texas Lutheran. Guth also landed four inside the 20-yard line. The Bulldogs only had one punt return on the night, a muff that set up an LC touchdown.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Mary Hardin-Baylor senior running back Markeith Miller (Garland, Texas) ran for 190-yard on 29 carries to lead the No. 2/2 Cru offense despite sitting out at least half of the third quarter with cramps in a 26-0 victory over No. 6/7 Hardin-Simmons.
Louisiana College junior wide receiver JoJo Robinson (Miami, Fla.) hauled in eight passes for 123 yards and three touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 41-36 loss to Texas Lutheran. His 41-yard and 29-yard catches were go-ahead receptions at the time.
Texas Lutheran junior running back Austin Matthews (Houston, Texas) ran for 171 yards, including 136 in the second half, as the Bulldogs won at Louisiana College 41-36. He ran 22 times for an average 7.8 yards and two touchdowns, including a long of 41 yards.
McMurry junior quarterback Kevin Hurley Jr. (Diboll, Texas) was responsible for 388 of the War Hawks 407 yards of total offense in their 27-20 win at Belhaven. He was 20-for-35 passing for 352 yards and three touchdowns and ran seven times for 36 yards and a score. Hurley also punted seven times for an average of 33.7 yards with a long of 52 and had three downed inside the 20.
Southwestern junior quarterback Frederick Hover (McAllen, Texas) led the Pirates with 229 yards and four touchdowns on 17-of-25 passing in their 55-7 victory at Sul Ross State. He also ran 18 times for 45 yards and a score.
Howard Payne freshman wide receiver Benjamin Greene (San Antonio, Texas) scored a pair of touchdowns on two carries for five yards in the Yellow Jackets’ loss at East Texas Baptist.
East Texas Baptist senior defensive end Zack Walker (Monroe, La.) had one of the best games of his career with eight tackles, 1.5 sacks for 22 yards, a forced fumble, and two quarterback hurries in the Tigers’ 54-28 victory against Howard Payne.
Louisiana College junior linebacker Orel Ledet Jr. (Breaux Bridge, La.) tallied 16 total tackles in the Wildcats’ 41-36 loss to Texas Lutheran. He also moved into second in school history in total tackles, passing 300 for his career.
Hardin-Simmons senior linebacker Chris Miller (San Marcos, Texas) led the No. 6/7 Cowboys with 16 tackles, including two for a loss, against No. 2/2 Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Southwestern junior defensive back Hayden Smith (Katy, Texas) recorded seven solo tackles, two for a loss of 21 yards, with a sack for 12 yards, forced a fumble and recovered one in the Pirates’ 55-7 win at Sul Ross State.
Howard Payne junior linebacker Britt Boler (Midland, Texas) led the Yellow Jackets with 11 tackles, .5 for a loss, one forced fumble and a quarterback hurry at East Texas Baptist.
East Texas Baptist sophomore kicker Drew McKay (Forney, Texas) made 7-of-8 extra points and had nine kickoffs with touchbacks for an average of 51.6 yards in the Tigers’ 54-28 win over Howard Payne.
Texas Lutheran freshman kicker Juan Ocampo (Lockhart, Texas) hit a career-long 44-yard field goal in the Bulldogs’ 41-36 win at Louisiana College. He also made a 24-yard field goal and was 5-for-5 on extra point attempts.
Howard Payne freshman punter Kyle King (Milano, Texas) had four punts for an average of 37.0 yards, with a long of 41 and one inside the 20 at East Texas Baptist.