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VOLLEYBALL

Bellehumeur, Huval, McGowan, Rodriguez Named ASC Volleyball Players of the Week
Brianna Bellehumeur of UT Tyler and Olivia Huval of Louisiana College and Justice McGowan and Odalis Rodriguez of McMurry earn the final Volleyball Players of the Week of the 2017 season.

AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Matches: October 24-28, 2017

EAST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Brianna Bellehumeur, OH, Fr., UT-Tyler
The University of Texas at Tyler freshman outside hitter Brianna Bellehumeur (Frisco, Texas / Frisco HS) helped the Patriots to a 4-0 week as she hit .207 with 3.43 kills and 2.93 digs per set. She started the week with 12 kills, 13 digs in a four-set win at East Texas Baptist, then had 13 kills and 15 digs in a sweep against Millsaps. Bellehumeur also had 17 kills and eight digs against Austin College.

EAST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Olivia Huval, L, Fr., Louisiana College
Louisiana College freshman libero Olivia Huval (Breaux Bridge, La. / Breaux Bridge HS) kept many rallies going with 87 digs (6.69 per set) in the Wildcat’s four matches this week. She helped LC to their first two wins in program history, with 22 digs in a sweep of Fontbonne and 19 against MUW. Huval also came up with 27 digs against Rhodes.

WEST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Justice McGowan, MB, So., McMurry
McMurry University sophomore middle blocker Justice McGowan (Waco, Texas / University HS) averaged 2.80 kills per set and hit .397 with 1.30 blocks per game, leading the War Hawks to a 3-0 week. She tallied eight kills in a sweep over Arlington Baptist and 11 kills against Dallas Christian. McGowan also had nine kills in a conference win against Concordia Texas.

WEST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Odalis Rodriguez, L, Jr., McMurry
McMurry junior libero Odalis Rodriguez (El Paso, Texas / Chapin HS) averaged 5.30 digs per set to help the War Hawks to a 3-0 week. She came up with 22 digs in a four-set win over Concordia Texas, 16 in a sweep of Arlington Baptist and 15 against Dallas Christian.

OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Offensive
Louisiana College freshman middle blocker Sadi Jones (Breaux Bridge, La. / Teurlings Catholic HS) was a vital part of the Wildcat attack in their first two wins in program history. She tallied 42 kills (3.23 per set) and hit .287 as they went 2-2. Jones hit .545 in a sweep over Fontbonne and contributed eight blocks on the week.

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor senior setter Natasha Evans (Edna, Texas / Edna HS) averaged 9.90 assists per set as the Cru went 2-1. She also had nine kills and hit .421 with 34 digs and two blocks.

Howard Payne University junior middle blocker Zhartaezia Bradley (Austin, Texas / Connally HS) recorded 28 kills with nine blocks as the Lady Jackets went 1-2 on the week.

Concordia University Texas freshman middle blocker Marjani Myles (Houston, Texas / St. Pius HS) hit .333 with 3.27 kills per set as the Tornados went 2-2 on the week. She hit .537 with 17 kills in their sweep of Schreiner.

Defensive
Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore middle blocker Sarah Paolini (Kalispell, Mont. / Stillwater Christian HS) totaled ten blocks for the Cru as they went 2-1 at the Trinity University Invitational. She came up with four solo blocks in a loss to No. 3 Trinity. She also hit .396 with 2.00 kills per set.

Howard Payne freshman libero Jordan Livingston (Helotes, Texas / Brandeis HS) came up with 43 digs (4.78 per set) as the Lady Jackets went 1-2 on the week.

UT Tyler junior middle blocker Samantha Lee (Georgetown, Texas / Georgetown HS) helped the Patriots to a 4-0 week with ten blocks (0.71 per set), 2.36 kills and a .391 hitting percentage. She came up with four blocks and 11 kills in a win over Austin College.

Concordia Texas sophomore middle blocker Marissa Stinson (Pearland, Texas / Manvel HS) recorded 15 total blocks (1.07 per set) and hit .272 with 3.00 kills per set as the Tornadoes went 2-2. She had seven blocks and eight kills in their four-set loss to No. 3 Trinity.

 

MEN’S SOCCER

Sczech, Cijulus, Nicknish & Brinda Win ASC Men’s Soccer Players of the Week
Jordan Czech of McMurry, Johnson Cijulus of Ozarks, John Nicknish of UT Dallas and Ryan Brinda of UT Tyler win the Men’s Soccer Players of the Week for the eighth week of the season.

AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE MEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: October 26-29, 2017

CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Jordan Sczech, MF, Fr., McMurry
McMurry University freshman midfielder Jordan Sczech (Spring Branch, Texas / Canyon Lake HS) scored in the 63rd minute in the War Hawks’ 1-0 win against Hardin-Simmons.

CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Johnson Cijulus, F, Sr., Ozarks
University of the Ozarks senior forward Johnson Cijulus (West Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. / Palm Beach Gardens HS) scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win against Louisiana College. He also assisted both goals in a 2-0 victory at Belhaven.

CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – John Nicknish, GK, Fr., UT Dallas
The University of Texas at Dallas freshman goalkeeper John Nicknish (Spring, Texas / Klein HS) played 144 minutes without allowing a goal as the Comets went 2-0. He made four saves in a 1-0 overtime win against LeTourneau. He added three saves in the first half of a 2-0 victory over East Texas Baptist.

CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Ryan Brinda, D, Jr., UT Tyler
The University of Texas at Tyler junior defender Ryan Brinda (Coppell, Texas / Coppell HS) helped the Patriot defense to a pair of shutout wins, allowing just two shots on goal. Brinda and the defense limited Belhaven to two shots on goal in a 2-0 win. They did not let a shot on goal in a 2-0 victory at Louisiana College for their 10th shutout of the year.

OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Offensive
Howard Payne University senior forward Daniel Lemus (Salado, Texas / Salado HS) scored two goals in the Yellow Jackets’ 4-1 win over LeTourneau.

UT Dallas senior midfielder/forward Danny Meyer (Phoenix, Ariz. / Mountain Pointe HS) netted the game-winning goal in overtime as the Comets defeated LeTourneau 1-0 Thursday.

UT-Tyler junior midfielder Erik Macias (Mesquite, Texas / John Horn HS) scored a goal in a 2-0 victory over Louisiana College.

Defensive
Louisiana College senior goalkeeper Nathan Gautreaux (Leesville, La. / Leesville HS) finished his stellar career for the Wildcats by breaking the ASC career saves the record. He had six stops in a loss to Ozarks and 11 more against UT Tyler to bring his total to 389 career saves.

Howard Payne sophomore keeper Nicholas Panameno (Cypress, Texas / Cypress Ranch HS) came up with six saves in a 4-1 win over LeTourneau.

McMurry senior goalkeeper Alex Chavez (Galveston, Texas / Ball HS) set a school record with his eighth shutout of the year in a 1-0 victory against Hardin-Simmons. He had three saves in the contest.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

Kessler, Henry & Dallacasa Earn ASC Women’s Soccer Players of the Week
Kenne Kessler of Hardin-Simmons, Kiara Henry of Ozarks and Monica Dallacasa of UT Dallas earn the final ASC Women’s Soccer Players of the Week of the season.

AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: October 26-28, 2017

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Kenne Kessler, F, Jr., Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons University junior forward Kenne Kessler (Highland Village, Texas / Marcus HS) scored four goals in 47 minutes of action as the No. 5 Cowgirls topped McMurry 9-0. She broke the ASC and HSU record for goals in a season with 31.

CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Kiara Henry, GK, So., Ozarks
University of the Ozarks sophomore goalkeeper Kiara Henry (Rogers, Ark. / Rogers HS) posted a pair of shutout wins over the weekend while recording ten saves. She had four saves in a 2-0 win against Louisiana College, then notched six saves in a 2-0 victory at Belhaven.

CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Monica Dallacasa, GK, Jr., UT Dallas
The University of Texas at Dallas junior goalkeeper Monica Dallacasa (The Woodlands, Texas / The Woodlands HS) made four saves as the Comets earned a pair of 1-0 victories. She had one save in their win over LeTourneau, then posted four more against East Texas Baptist on Saturday.

OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Offensive
Ozarks junior forward Falon Hanson (Fayetteville, Ark. / Fayetteville HS) helped the Eagles to a pair of wins over the weekend with a goal and two assists. She assisted both goals in a 2-0 win against Louisiana College and scored a goal in a 2-0 win at Belhaven.

The University of Texas at Tyler freshman defender Landri Edwards (Katy, Texas / Katy HS) scored the game-winning goal in the Patriots’ 1-0 win at Louisiana College.

UT Dallas junior midfielder Mandy Avalos (Pasadena, Texas / Memorial HS) scored her first goal of the season with 21 seconds left in regulation as the Comets defeated LeTourneau 1-0 on Thursday.

East Texas Baptist University freshman forward Hannah Murin (Mansfield, Texas / St. Paul’s Prep) recorded two goals and two assists in the Tigers’ 5-1 win against Howard Payne.

Concordia University Texas sophomore forward Pamela Lasprilla (Kyle, Texas / Lehman HS) scored the game-tying goal and assisted the game-winner in the Tornados’ 3-2 come-from-behind victory against Sul Ross State.

Defensive
Howard Payne University senior keeper Nicole Goodwin (Austin, Texas / Lake Travis HS) broke the Lady Jacket career saves record and tied the single-game record against LeTourneau. Goodwin had 19 saves in the loss to the YellowJackets and 16 more against East Texas Baptist to bring her career total to 271.

Louisiana College junior goalkeeper Haley Clark (Lafayette, La. / St. Thomas More HS) kept the Wildcats’ in the games with 26 saves and 1.50 goals against average. Clark made eight saves in a 2-0 loss to Ozarks, then had 18 more saves in a 1-0 loss to UT-Tyler.

Hardin-Simmons junior keeper Caitlin Christiansen (Albuquerque, N.M. / La Cueva HS) worked a scoreless first half in a 9-0 win against McMurry. She allowed just two goals in conference play this season.

UT Tyler senior defender Caroline Williams (Frisco, Texas/ Wakeland HS) helped the Patriots to a pair of road wins, where they owned 29-5 shots on goal advantage. She helped UTT hold Louisiana College without a shot on goal in a 1-0 road win.

FOOTBALL
McEachern, Miller, Kelly & Mowery Named ASC Football Players of the Week
Hunter McEachern of Belhaven and Markeith Miller, Justis Kelly and John Mowery of Mary Hardin-Baylor earn the ASC Football Players of the Week for week nine

AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: October 28, 2017

CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Hunter McEachern, QB, So., Belhaven University sophomore quarterback Hunter McEachern (Keller, Texas / Keller HS) broke two school records in the Blazers’ 63-46 win over Louisiana College. He led the offense to 681 yards of total offense while throwing 32-of-53 for 501 yards and a record seven touchdowns. He also rushed for 45 yards and a score.

CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Markeith Miller, RB, Jr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor junior running back Markeith Miller (Garland, Texas / Garland HS) set a single-game school record with five rushing touchdowns as the top-ranked Cru defeated McMurry 62-0. Miller finished with 69 yards on ten carries and sat out most of the second half.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Justis Kelly, LB, Sr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
Mary Hardin-Baylor senior linebacker Justis Kelly (Lovelady, Texas / Lovelady HS) tallied four tackles, three solos, as the top-ranked Cru limited McMurry to just four first downs, nine rushing yards and 70 yards of total offense in their 62-0 victory. Kelly also returned an interception for a 42-yard touchdown.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK – John Mowery, K, Sr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
Mary Hardin-Baylor senior kicker John Mowery (Cedar Park, Texas / Leander HS) scored 11 points in the top-ranked Cru’s 62-0 victory over McMurry. He was 8-of-8 on extra point attempts and hit a 29-yard field goal to win ASC Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time in his career.

OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Offensive
Howard Payne University freshman running back Hunter Batten (Bryan, Texas / Bryan HS) rushed for 140 yards on 20 carries in the Yellow Jackets’ loss to Texas Lutheran. Batten took the opening handoff of the second half 64 yards for a touchdown.

Louisiana College junior wide receiver Leondre James (Donaldsonville, La. / Donaldsonville HS) caught three touchdowns on six catches for 120 yards in the Wildcats’ loss to Belhaven.

East Texas Baptist University junior wide receiver Richard Johnson (Cleveland, Texas / Cleveland HS) recorded four receptions for 130 yards and three touchdowns, including a 75-yard catch for a score in the first quarter in the Tigers’ 42-28 win over Sul Ross State.

Texas Lutheran University junior quarterback Kyle Grona (Fredericksburg, Texas / Fredericksburg HS) threw for a career-high 461 yards with four touchdowns on 21-of-32 passing in the Bulldogs’ 63-21 win at Howard Payne. His TD throws were of 33, 61, 56 and 29 yards.

Defensive
Howard Payne freshman linebacker Colton Dickerson (Iowa Park, Texas / Iowa Park HS) led the Yellow Jackets with ten tackles and had a pass breakup in their loss to Texas Lutheran.

East Texas Baptist senior linebacker Ty Parsons (Rowlett, Texas / Dallas Christian) tallied 15 tackles, ten solos, with three tackles for a loss of 10 yards in the Tigers’ 42-28 victory over Sul Ross State.

Texas Lutheran freshman cornerback Coulton Hamby (San Antonio, Texas / MacArthur HS) picked off a pass for a 25-yard touchdown in the third quarter in the Bulldogs’ 63-21 victory at Howard Payne. He also recorded four solo tackles and a pass breakup.

Hardin-Simmons University senior safety Matthew Hawkins (Aledo, Texas / Aledo HS) tallied ten tackles and an interception which ended a fourth-quarter comeback attempt in the No. 5 Cowboys’ 21-7 win against Southwestern.

Special Teams
Howard Payne senior punter Caisson Montieth (Comanche, Texas / Comanche HS) recorded ten punts for 371 yards (37.1 per punt) which included a long of 53 yards and two inside the 20-yard line. He also registered a tackled and had a rush for two yards.

East Texas Baptist graduate student kicker Ryan Travis (Jacksonville, Texas / Jacksonville HS) went 6-for-6 on extra points and averaged 56.9 yards per kickoff and 35.0 yards per punt in the Tigers’ 42-28 win over Sul Ross State.

Texas Lutheran freshman kicker Tyler Hopkins (Del Rio, Texas / Del Rios HS) went 9-for-9 on extra points attempts and averaged 60 yards per kickoff with five touchbacks in the Bulldogs’ 63-21 win at Howard Payne.

 

MEN’S SOCCER

RICHARDSON, Texas – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor posted a 13-2 record in league play to win the regular season title and the right to host the 2017 American Southwest Conference Men’s Soccer Championship Tournament November 2, 4 and 5 in Belton, Texas.

The bracket for the six-team single-elimination ASC championship tournament was announced Saturday following completion of conference play.

The top-seeded Cru will receive a first-round bye and play the winner of Thursday’s game one between No. 5 University of the Ozarks and No. 4 Concordia University Texas. UMHB is making its 11th appearance in the tournament and fourth in a row. Ozarks are making its fifth straight appearance and 15th overall, while Concordia is reaching the competition for the third consecutive season.

No. 2 seed the University of Texas at Tyler will also take a bye and will face the winner between No. 3 the University of Texas at Dallas and No. 6 Hardin-Simmons University. The Patriots of UTT are making their 10th in appearance in 11 years. UTD is the two-time defending champions and will be in the tournament for the 17th time. HSU, who reached the finals last year, is making its ASC-record 19th appearance and 15th in a row.

The 2017 ASC Men’s Championship Soccer Tournament is the 20th in league history. The winner of the ASC Championship Tournament is declared the conference champion and earns automatic qualification to the NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship.

Championship Notables:
No pets permitted at ASC championship events except for certified service animals that are appropriately trained, marked, and leashed.

2016 American Southwest Conference Men’s Soccer Championship Tournament
Thursday, November 2 / Quarterfinals
Game 1 – #4 Concordia Texas vs. #5 Ozarks, 5:00 p.m.
Game 2 – #3 UT Dallas vs. #6 Hardin-Simmons, 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 4 / Semifinals
Game 3 – #1 Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. Winner Game 1, 11:00 a.m.
Game 4 – #2 UT Tyler vs. Winner Game 2, 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 5 / Championship
Game 5 – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 1:00 p.m.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

RICHARDSON, Texas – Hardin-Simmons University posted a 12-0 record in league play to win the regular season title and clinch the No. 1 seed in the 2017 American Southwest Conference Women’s Soccer Championship Tournament October 31, November 3 and 5.

The bracket for the eight-team single-elimination ASC Championship was announced Saturday following completion of conference play.

The 2017 ASC Championship is an eight-team field with the top four seeds — No. 1 Hardin-Simmons, No. 2 University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, No. 3 the University of Texas at Dallas and No. 4 East Texas Baptist University — hosting quarterfinal matches on Tuesday, October 31. The quarterfinal winners advance to the semifinals hosted by Hardin-Simmons in Abilene, Texas on Friday, November 3. The conference championship match is scheduled Sunday, November 5.

Defending ASC champion Hardin-Simmons makes its league-leading 20th consecutive tournament appearance. The Cowgirls enter the tournament ranked No. 5 in the United Soccer Coaches poll and will host No. 8 seed LeTourneau University. The YellowJackets make their third straight tournament appearance and fifth overall.

Mary Hardin-Baylor makes its fifth consecutive tournament appearance and ninth overall. The Cru will host No. 7 Concordia University Texas, who are making their eighth straight tournament appearance.

UT Dallas enters its 16th consecutive ASC tournament and 18th overall. The Comets will host No. 6 Sul Ross State University. The Lobos are making their second straight appearance in the tournament in just the third year of the program.

East Texas Baptist will make their 11th championship appearance and third in a row. They will host No. 5 University of Texas at Tyler, who will make their 11th consecutive appearance. The Patriots have been the tournament runner-up each of the last three years.

The 2017 ASC Women’s Soccer Championship Tournament is the 20th in league history. The winner of the ASC tournament is declared the conference champion and earns automatic qualification to the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship.

Championship Notables:
No pets permitted at ASC championship events except for certified service animals that are appropriately trained, marked, and leashed.

2017 American Southwest Conference Women’s Soccer Championship Tournament

Tuesday, October 31 / Quarterfinals
Game 1 – #8 LeTourneau at #1 Hardin-Simmons, 2:00 p.m.
Game 2 – #5 UT Tyler at #4 East Texas Baptist, 5:00 p.m.
Game 3 – #7 Concordia Texas at #2 Mary Hardin-Baylor, 5:00 p.m.
Game 4 – #6 Sul Ross State at #3 UT Dallas, 5:00 p.m.

Hosted by Hardin-Simmons / Abilene, Texas
Friday, November 3 / Semifinals
Game 5 – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 11:00 a.m.
Game 6 – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 5 / Championship
Game 7 – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 1:00 p.m.

 

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

ROUND ROCK, Texas – The University of Texas at Tyler won the 2017 American Southwest Conference Men’s Cross Country Championship on Saturday at Old Settlers Park. It was the eighth consecutive title and 12th overall for the Patriots.

University of the Ozarks freshman Nathaneal Rankin finished as the medalist with an 8k time of 26:41.6 to claim ASC Freshman of the Year. He is the first freshman to win the race since 2009.

UT Tyler placed six runners in the top 20, scoring 52 points – 34 ahead of runner-up University of Texas at Dallas. The Patriots’ Bob Hepler earned ASC Coach of the Year for the ninth time.

Ozarks sophomore Michael Harris was runner-up in 26:47.7 and was named Newcomer of the Year.

Sophomore Joseph Parker from Sul Ross State University was third in 26:57.6, followed by East Texas Baptist University freshman Mack Broussard in fourth at 27:02.2.

UT Tyler sophomore Will McIlroy and freshman Matthew Cecotti placed fifth and sixth, and McMurry University sophomore Tyler Rohrman was seventh to wrap up the All-ASC First Team.

ETBU junior Beau Billings and Cecotti were named Co-Sportsmanship Athletes of the Year.

Team Scores

1. UT-Tyler 52
2. UT-Dallas 86
3. McMurry 92
4. Hardin-Simmons 100
5. Ozarks 126
6. East Texas Baptist 177
7. LeTourneau 186
8. Sul Ross State 221
9. Concordia Texas 222
10. Belhaven 237
Louisiana College IND

2017 ASC Men’s All-Conference Awards
Individual Champion: Nathaneal Rankin, Ozarks
Freshman of the Year: Nathaneal Rankin, Ozarks
Newcomer of the Year: Michael Harris, Ozarks
Coach of the Year: Bob Hepler, UT-Tyler
Co-Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year: Beau Billings, East Texas Baptist
Co-Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year: Matthew Cecotti, UT-Tyler

First Team
Nathaneal Rankin, Fr., Ozarks
Michael Harris, So., Ozarks
Joseph Parker, So., Sul Ross State
Mack Broussard, Fr., East Texas Baptist
Will McIlroy, So., UT-Tyler
Matthew Cecotti, Fr., UT-Tyler
Tyler Rohrman, So., McMurry

Second Team
Michael Field, Jr., LeTourneau
A.J. Tillman, Fr., Hardin-Simmons
Justin Tokuz, Jr., UT-Tyler
Ben Splain, Fr., Hardin-Simmons
Abrahama Martinez, Jr., McMurry
Nathan Adams, So., UT-Tyler
John Will, Jr. UT-Dallas

Cody Usher
Assistant Commissioner
American Southwest Conference