USA South Athletes of the Week - Sept. 11, 2017

USA South Athletes of the Week - Sept. 11, 2017



Football Offensive Player of the Week
Zack Clifford, Ferrum - The sophomore quarterback from Salem, Virginia accounted for four touchdowns in a 40-20 win over Apprentice last week. In his first collegiate start, Clifford was 20-of-27 and set a new program single-game record with 347 passing yards. His 20 completions tied a Ferrum single-game record as did the three touchdown throws he had. He also added a rushing touchdown in the victory. Also Nominated: Sean Bowman, Averett; Vic Jerald, Huntingdon; Michael Smith, Maryville; Kamryn Webster, Greensboro.

Football Offensive Rookie of the Week
Kamryn Webster, Greensboro - The freshman quarterback from Roxie, Mississippi threw for 184 yards and two touchdowns without an interception in a 23-21 victory over Gallaudet last week. Webster was 6-of-12 passing as he averaged 15.3 yards per attempt. His long pass of the day was a 74-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Also Nominated: Delquan Bigelow, Averett; Donovan Lewis, Maryville; Blaise Schillace, Huntingdon.

Football Defensive Player of the Week 
Franchez Marshall, Maryville
 - The Greenville, Georgia junior linebacker compiled six tackles, including 2.5 for a loss of 11 total yards, in 24-20 victory over Hanover last week. Marshall made four solo tackles to go with two assisted take downs including 1.5 sacks. On a defensive stand late in the game, Marshall was in on two sacks which helped seal the Scot victory. Also Nominated: Trey Hayes, Huntingdon; Montel Lee, Ferrum; Kevin Norcott, Averett; Kenon Reynolds, Greensboro.

Football Defensive Rookie of the Week
Quinton Maxbauer, Greensboro - The freshman safety from Murfreesboro, North Carolina totaled 14 tackles with one pass breakup in a 23-21 win over Gallaudet last week. Maxbauer collected eight solo tackles and six assisted take downs. Also Nominated: Jacorey Jackson, Maryville.

Football Special Teams Player of the Week
David Chappelear, Greensboro - The freshman place kicker from Bluffton, South Carolina hit a game-winning 22-yard field goal with 23 seconds remaining in a 23-21 victory over Gallaudet last week. Also Nominated: Brad Green, Ferrum; Ian Hubbs, Maryville; Robert Lamelas, Methodist; Chase Young, Huntingdon.



Men's Soccer Player of the Week
Keith Ricks, Ferrum - The senior midfielder from Arlington, Virginia tallied three goals and one assist in a 2-0 week for the Panthers. In a 2-1 win over Guilford, Ricks first scored the game-tying goal in the 50th minute before notching the game-winning goal with just 33 seconds remaining. In a 5-1 victory over Roanoke, Ricks assisted on the eventual game-winner in the 41st minute then scored a goal of his own two minutes later. Also Nominated: Milan Card, Maryville; Huso Dukic, Averett; Gerardo Peraza, Greensboro; Errick Sturm, LaGrange.

Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Jonathan Crossman, Covenant - The senior goalkeeper from Lookout Mountain, Georgia posted a 2-1 record last week by allowing just one goal and recording two shutouts. In 270 minutes in net, Crossman 12 out of the 13 shots he faced. In two 1-0 victories over Sewanee and Belhaven, Crossman made three and two saves, respectively. In a 1-0 loss to Millsaps, Crossman stopped seven shots on net. Also Nominated: Graham Holley, Ferrum; Marius Olavesen, Averett; Ian Schomer, Maryville; Cole Watkins, Greensboro.

Men's Soccer Rookie of the Week
Milan Card, Maryville - The freshman midfielder from Chattanooga, Tennessee tallied one goal and one assist as the Scots posted a 2-0 record last week. In a 2-1 win over Pfeiffer, Card was held scoreless. In a 3-1 victory over USA South foe Huntingdon, Card first assisted on the game-tying goal in the 61st minute before scoring the eventual game-winning tally in the 63rd minute. Also Nominated: Jordy Briceno, Greensboro; Asher Francis, Averett; Hunter Hall, Huntingdon.



Women's Soccer Player of the Week
Jordan Lanier, Salem - The Asheboro, North Carolina senior forward tallied four goals in a 2-0 week for the Spirits. In a 5-0 victory over Agnes Scott, Lanier scored a hat-trick with three goals, all in the first half. In a 3-1 win over Eastern Mennonite, Lanier scored the game-tying goal in the 48th minute. Also Nominated: T'era Brown, Averett; Addy Cronan, Covenant; Madison Karch, Greensboro; Kirstie King, Meredith; Mac Pearson, Huntingdon; Bailey Sipos, Maryville; Sarah Weber, Piedmont.

Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Rachel Lemay, Covenant - The Apopka, Florida junior goalkeeper posted two shutouts as the Scots were 2-0 last week. In 186 minutes in net, Lemay stopped all 11 shots she faced. In a 4-0 win over Belhaven, Lemay made five stops while in a 1-0, overtime, victory over Transylvania, she collected six saves. Also Nominated: Kelly Allen, Maryville; Bailee Brown, Averett; Alyssa Denkovich, Salem; Kylie Kersh, Huntingdon; Jaisa Loch, Meredith; Miranda McNalley, Piedmont; Carleigh Roach, Greensboro.

Women's Soccer Rookie of the Week
Angela Niles, Greensboro - The Key West, Florida freshman forward scored three goals as the Pride were 2-0 last week. In a 10-0 win over Notre Dame (Md.), Niles scored two goals. In a 3-0 victory over Keystone, Niles tallied the first, and eventual game-winning, goal of the match in the 67th minute. Also Nominated: Erin Cooke, Meredith; Cassie Kirk, Piedmont; Mac Pearson, Huntingdon; Bailey Sipos, Maryville.



Volleyball Player of the Week
Hannah Shields, Averett - The senior outside hitter from Kelling, Virginia averaged 4.60 kills, with a .251 hitting percentage and 3.95 digs per set as the Cougars posted a 3-2 record last week. Shields posted four double-doubles out of her five matches played. In a 3-1 win over Virginia Wesleyan, Shields tallied 18 kills, 14 digs, one service ace and one block. In a 3-0 loss to Johns Hopkins, Shields totaled eight kills, 12 digs, one service ace and one block. In a 3-1 win over Susquehanna, Shields posted 24 kills, 27 digs, two service aces, one assist and one block. In a 3-1 win over seventh-ranked Mary Washington, Shields notched 21 kills, 13 digs, one assist, one service ace and one block. Finally, in a 3-2 loss to Randolph-Macon, Shields contributed 21 kills, 13 digs, one assist and one service ace. Also Nominated: Danyale Berry, Greensboro; Cece Cogliano, Piedmont; Nia Haller, Maryville; Paige Heck, Agnes Scott; Schuyler Moore, Covenant; Bria Rochelle, Huntingdon; Cheyenne Strickland, Ferrum; Kylie Taffer, Salem.

Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week
Maggie Hawks, Salem - The freshman libero from Mt. Airy, North Carolina averaged 5.39 digs per set as the Spirits posted a 3-1 record last week. In a 3-2 win over Piedmont, Hawks totaled 18 digs, two assists, one kill and one service ace. In a 3-0 win over Hollins, Hawks posted ten digs, three assists, two kills and one service ace. In a 3-2 loss to Bridgewater, Hawks contributed 39 digs, four assists and one kill. Finally, in a 3-2 win over Roanoke, Hawks tallied 30 digs, one assist and one service ace. Also Nominated: Tori Belcher, Greensboro; Kaitlyn Flickinger, Maryville; Haley Hixon, Piedmont; Bella Kammerer, Agnes Scott; Bria Rochelle, Huntingdon; Emily Stanley, Averett.

Volleyball Rookie of the Week
Danyale Berry, Greensboro - The freshman outside hitter from Las Vegas, Nevada averaged 3.17 kills, with a .304 hitting percentage, per set as the Pride posted a 3-1 record last week. In a 3-0 win over Elizabeth City State, Berry tallied 12 kills and three service aces. In a 3-0 victory over Huntingdon, Berry five kills, two blocks, one assist and one dig. In a 3-0 loss to Lynchburg, Berry totaled ten kills, one dig and one block. Finally, in a 3-0 victory over Emory & Henry, Berry tallied 11 kills, three service aces, two digs, one assist and one block. Also Nominated: Lauren Espinal, Maryville; McKenzie Miller, Averett; Kathryn O'Connell, Salem; Amy Tyma, Huntingdon; Jenna Wendel, Piedmont.


PLEASE NOTE: At least half of the teams in a sport must have competed within the previous week for honors to be awarded.

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