AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Matches: October 9-13, 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. 17 Patriots to a 4-0 week, averaging 11.57 assists per game while hitting .520 for her straight Player of the Week award. Guzman also recorded 13 kills, 40 digs, six aces, and five blocks. In Friday’s four-set win over No. 24 Mary Hardin-Baylor, she recorded 61 assists and 14 digs.
EAST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Samantha Lee, MB, Sr., UT Tyler
UT Tyler senior middle blocker Samantha Lee (Georgetown, Texas) averaged 1.21 blocks per game while hitting .500 on 33 kills (2.35 per set) to help the No. 17 Patriots to a 4-0 week. She came up with six blocks in a sweep against LeTourneau and a four-set win over Concordia Texas. This is Lee’s second Player of the Week award of the year.
CO-WEST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Allison Kuster, OH, Sr., Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons senior outside hitter Allison Kuster (Mansfield, Texas) hit .369 and averaged 4.00 kills and 4.30 digs per set as the Cowgirls went 2-1 on the week. She also surpassed the 1,000-kill mark for her career and recorded a double-double in all two matches. Kuster recorded 15 kills and 17 digs against both Belhaven and Louisiana College. This is her third career Player of the Week honors.
CO-WEST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Marissa Stinson, MB, Jr., Concordia Texas
Concordia Texas junior middle blocker Marissa Stinson (Pearland, Texas) recorded 13 kills in three straight matches as the Tornados went 2-1 on the week. She hit .522 and averaged 3.90 kills per set. In a sweep of LeTourneau, Stinson had 13 kills and hit .650 without committing an error. She followed with 13 kills without an error while hitting .500 in a sweep of East Texas Baptist. Stinson finished the week with 13 kills and hit .435 in a four-set loss to No. 17 UT Tyler. This is her second career Player of the Week award.
WEST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Haleigh Evans, L, Jr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
Mary Hardin-Baylor junior libero Haleigh Evans (Edna, Texas) averaged 6.69 digs per set as the No. 24 Cru went 3-1 on the week. She opened with 20 digs against McMurry, then put up 21 against No. 17 UT Tyler had had 30 in a sweep of LeTourneau. This is Evans’ second Player of the Week award of the year and eighth of her career.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Sul Ross State freshman middle blocker Annika Canaba (Alpine, Texas) registered 52 kills (4.33 per set) and 47 assists (3.92 per set) as the Lady Lobos went 2-1 on the weekend. She posted back-to-back triple-doubles in wins over Louisiana College and Belhaven, with a season-high 23 kills against each. Canaba also came up with 26 digs on the weekend.
Louisiana College junior outside hitter Paola Salas Adorno (Toa Alta, P.R.) averaged 3.92 kills per set and hit .261 in the Wildcats’ three losses. She had double-digit kills and digs in two of the matches, including 19 kills and 18 digs against Sul Ross State and 12 kills, 19 digs against McMurry. Salas Adorno also averaged 3.67 digs per set.
Mary Hardin-Baylor junior setter Cory Jo Martin (Manvel, Texas) helped the No. 24 Cru to a 3-1 week and clinch the ASC West Division title. She averaged 10.23 assists per set while hitting .289 with 13 kills and averaging 4.00 digs per set. She recorded 36 assists in a four-set loss to No. 17 UT Tyler. Martin also had nine blocks on the week.
UT Dallas junior setter Caroline Shecterle (Pearland, Texas) averaged 7.00 assists per set in the Comets’ 6-2 offense as they collected three sweeps over the weekend. Shecterle had 20 assists and six digs in Friday’s win over Hardin-Simmons and followed with 21 assists, three digs and an ace against McMurry. She closed the week with 22 assists in a sweep of Sul Ross State.
McMurry junior middle blocker Justice McGowan (Waco, Texas) hit .313 while averaging 2.42 kills and 1.50 blocks per set as the War Hawks went 2-2 on the week.
Howard Payne senior middle blocker Zhartaezia Bradley (Austin, Texas) recorded 13 kills and five blocks in the Lady Jackets’ sweep over LeTourneau on Saturday. Bradley averaged 2.88 kills per set 1.11 blocks in four matches on the week.
Louisiana College sophomore middle blocker Sadi Jones (Breaux Bridge, La.) averaged 1.17 blocks per set, tallying 14 total blocks in the Wildcats’ three losses. She set a school record six blocks against Sul Ross State. Jones also averaged 2.33 kills for LC.
McMurry senior libero Odalis Rodriguez (El Paso, Texas) moved into second place all-time on the War Hawks’ career dig list with 1,889. She came up with 25 digs in a win over Belhaven and 19 against Louisiana College, averaging 5.92 for the week over four matches.
UT Dallas junior outside hitter Alex Nolan (Rockwall, Texas) averaged 3.00 kills and 3.60 digs per set in two matches at the ASC Crossover. She had five kills and seven digs in a home win over Hardin-Simmons, then posted 10 kills, 11 digs, two aces and a block in a sweep of McMurry.
Concordia Texas sophomore setter Georgia Quiroz (Georgetown, Texas) posted a pair of double-doubles for the weekend, including a 38-assist, 17-dig performance in the Tornados’ win over East Texas Baptist. She also had 42 assists in a four-set loss to No. 17 UT Tyler. On the week, Quiroz averaged 4.22 digs and 11.33 assists per set.
Howard Payne freshman libero Kylee Shirley (Deer Park, Texas) led the Lady Jackets with 3.50 digs per set in four matches on the week.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE MEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: October 10-14, 2018
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Noah Kubala, D, Sr., Ozarks
UT Tyler freshman defender Noah Kubala (Flower Mound, Texas) recorded three assists in the No. 15 Patriots’ 6-0 victory over LeTourneau on the road. He assisted the first goal of the game in the 12th minute and the final two in the 86th.
CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Giancarlo Ayanegui, GK, Jr., UT Tyler
UT Tyler junior goalkeeper Giancarlo Ayanegui (Houston, Texas) posted a 6-0 shutout with one save on the road at LeTourneau on Thursday. The No. 15 Patriots’ defense limited the YellowJackets to just three shots in the game.
CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Chase Therrien, GK, Sr., UT Dallas
UT Dallas senior goalkeeper Chase Therrien (Trophy Club, Texas) recorded his second straight shutout with five saves Thursday in a 3-0 road at McMurry. He then added five more saves Saturday in the Comets’ 1-1 double-overtime draw at Hardin-Simmons. In 200 minutes, Therrien posted 10 saves and 0.45 goals against average.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Louisiana College freshman midfielder Gabriel G. Lopes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) scored the first goal for the Wildcats on a free kick over a wall in their 4-3 victory at Sul Ross State. He would later add an assist in the win.
Mary Hardin-Baylor senior defender Steven Dang (Plano, Texas) scored the Cru’s game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory against Concordia Texas. He headed in a corner kick to score the goal.
UT Dallas sophomore forward Donny Smith (Katy, Texas) scored twice within 40 seconds to spark the Comets to a 3-0 road win over McMurry Thursday night. With the game scoreless in the 72nd minute, Smith netted the first goal of the night at 71:45. He then gave UTD a 2-0 lead at 72:25.
Concordia Texas freshman midfielder Victor Gomez (Austin, Texas) scored the lone goal for the Tornados in their 2-1 loss to Mary Hardin-Baylor.
McMurry senior defender Aaron Webb (Cleburne, Texas) had two goals and an assist in the War Hawks’ 5-2 win over Howard Payne. Both goals came off his own rebounds off the post, while the help went on a breakaway.
Ozarks’ senior midfielder Michael Luster (Lewisville, Texas) accounted for three assists, and one goal as the Eagles was unbeaten. He scored a goal and gave out two assists in a 3-3 tie with East Texas Baptist. Luster then added another assist in a 3-1 victory at LeTourneau Sunday.
Hardin-Simmons freshman defender Austin Wills (Flower Mound, Texas) had an outstanding defensive effort in a 1-0 shutout against Howard Payne. He also scored the only goal in the Cowboys’ 1-1 double-overtime tie against UT Dallas.
Concordia Texas junior goalkeeper Rob Oakley (Dallas, Texas) recorded four saves in a 2-1 loss to Mary Hardin-Baylor. He shut out the Cru in the second half.
Ozarks freshman Jax Robinson (Claremore, Okla.) guided the Eagles to an unbeaten weekend behind a strong defensive effort, including a come-from-behind 3-3 tie at East Texas Baptist.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: October 10-13, 2018
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Kenne Kessler, F, Sr., Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons senior forward Kenne Kessler (Highland Village, Texas) netted a hat-trick in the No. 7/8 Cowgirls’ 4-1 victory over Howard Payne. Her goals included one over the keeper and banked off the back post and in, one dribble through four defenders inside the box for a score and a rocket on a penalty kick into the upper 90. This is Kessler’s second Player of the Week of the season of the season and seventh of her career.
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Madison Link, M, Sr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
Mary Hardin-Baylor senior midfielder Madison Link (Tomball, Texas) scored the game-winning goal and assisted two more in the Cru’s 5-0 victory over Concordia Texas.
CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Monica Dallacasa, GK, Sr., UT Dallas
UT Dallas senior goalkeeper Monica Dallacasa (The Woodlands, Texas) became the first ASC soccer player to record more than 900 consecutive scoreless minutes, eventually closing her record at 931:46 in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at No. 7/8 Hardin-Simmons. Dallacasa recorded her ninth shutout of the season Thursday night with two saves in a 1-0 road win over McMurry. She then had eight saves in the tie with HSU. This is her second Player of the Week award of the season and seventh of her career.
CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Maya Dossing, GK, So., UT Tyler
UT Tyler sophomore goalkeeper Maya Dossing (Pflugerville, Texas) recorded four saves in a 1-0 shutout victory at LeTourneau on Thursday.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Ozarks’ sophomore midfielder Rebecca Peterson (Coweta, Okla.) recorded the game-winning goal against East Texas Baptist as part of a 2-0 victory.
UT Dallas freshman forward Ashlyn Sims (Cypress, Texas) came off the bench to clean up a corner kick in the 35th minute to lift the Comets to a 1-0 halftime lead at No. 7/8 Hardin-Simmons Saturday night. The goal held up until the Cowgirls evened the score in the 84th minute which led to a 1-1 double-overtime tie.
UT Tyler sophomore defender Kiara Rolen (Carrollton, Texas) scored the game-winning goal in the 67th minute in a 1-0 victory at LeTourneau.
Louisiana College senior goalkeeper Haley Clark (Lafayette, La.) posted a season-high 16 saves in the Wildcats’ 2-0 loss at Sul Ross State.
Concordia Texas sophomore goalkeeper Shelby Franco (Hurst, Texas) tied a career-high with 12 saves in the Tornados’ loss to Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Mary Hardin-Baylor senior defender Sydney Rangel (Midlothian, Texas) limited Concordia Texas to just four shots in the Cru’s 5-0 win against Concordia Texas.
Hardin-Simmons junior defender Kendell Groom (Frisco, Texas) had outstanding games defensively as the No. 7/8 Cowgirls went 1-0-1 on the week – defeating Howard Payne 4-1 and tying UT Dallas 1-1. Groom also added the game-tying goal in the 84th minute against the Comets to send the game to overtime.
McMurry sophomore defender Angelica Navarro (Fort Worth, Texas) helped holed UT Dallas to just one goal and held them to their lowest shot output of the season in a 1-0 losing effort. Navarro also scored on a header off a corner kick in a 2-1 double-overtime win over Howard Payne.
Ozarks junior goalkeeper Kiara Henry (Rogers, Ark.) posted a shutout with eight saves in a 2-0 victory at East Texas Baptist. She also had seven saves in a loss at LeTourneau.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE CROSS COUNTRY RUNNERS OF THE WEEK
Meets: October 12-13, 2018
MEN’S RUNNER OF THE WEEK – Nathaneal Rankin, So., Ozarks
Ozarks sophomore Nathaneal Rankin (Plano, Texas) finished as the runner-up of 122 racers at the 8K Little Rock Invitational Saturday, running a time of 25:28.5. His mark is the fastest in the ASC this season. This is the second Runner of the Week award for Rankin this season.
WOMEN’S RUNNER OF THE WEEK – Alexis Segura, Jr., LeTourneau
LeTourneau junior Alexis Segura (Austin, Texas) set a new career-best 6K time by finishing third at the East Texas Shootout in Commerce Friday. Her time of 22:38.20 set a new top mark in the ASC this season and was only eight seconds off the winning mark. This is Segura’s second Runner of the Week award of the year.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
East Texas Baptist sophomore Mack Broussard (Hankamer, Texas) won yet another meet, placing seven seconds ahead of the next competitor at the Bill Libby Invitational in Abilene. He ran the 8K course in 30:35.9 in monsoon-like conditions.
UT Dallas freshman Cannon Leavitt (Twin Fallas, Idaho) was the Comets’ top finisher as they placed second at the Bill Libby Invitational Saturday. He completed the eight-kilometer course in a time of 31:11.6.
LeTourneau sophomore Lorien Nightingale (Njoro, Kenya) matched his season-best with an eighth-place finish at the Bill Libby Invitational, finishing with a time of 32:29.40 on the 8K course.
Concordia Texas senior Dylan Zoch (Giddings, Texas) was the top finisher for the Tornados at the Bill Libby Invitational, placing 16th with an 8K-time of 33:51.3.
Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore Alex Suominen (Mesquite, Texas) was the top finisher for the Cru in a dual at Southwestern, finishing eighth with a 5K time of 20:09.
UT Dallas junior Hollee Ratliff (Amarillo, Texas) collected her first individual championship, winning the Bill Libby Invitational in Abilene. She won the wet-conditioned 6K race in 26:46.6.
Mary Hardin-Baylor junior Caroline Vining (Killeen, Texas) won the individual title in a dual meet against Southwestern with a 5K time of 20:50. It was her first individual title of the season and for the Cru as a team since bringing back the program after a 17-year absence.
Ozarks senior Hannah Smith (Blue Eye, Mo.) broke her own 5K school record, running a 19:16.5 at the Little Rock Invitational Saturday. Competing against mostly NCAA Division I competition, Smith finished 33rd out of 157.
Concordia Texas senior Emily Villines (Huntsville, Texas) posted her second runner-up finish of the season at the Bill Libby Invitational with a 6K mark of 26:57.7.
East Texas Baptist senior Melissa Kidder (San Antonio, Texas) had her best finish of the year, placing fifth at the Bill Libby in 27:53.5