USA South Athletes of the Week - Oct. 15, 2018

USA South Athletes of the Week - Oct. 15, 2018

FOOTBALL

Football Offensive Player of the Week
Sean Bowman, Averett - The senior running back from Creedmoor, North Carolina became Averett's all-time leading rusher as he ran for a single-game career-high 229 yards with one touchdown in a 24-14 victory over USA South rival N.C. Wesleyan. Bowman carried the ball 24 times for an average of 9.5 yards per rush. Also Nominated: Josh Carter, Methodist; Elijah Chenier, Maryville; Tyler Gregory, Brevard; Michael Lambert, Huntingdon.

Football Offensive Rookie of the Week
Nelson Smith, Maryville - The freshman quarterback from Goodlettsville, Tennessee tossed two touchdowns in a 34-9 victory over USA South foe Methodist. Through the air, Smith was 15-of-22 for 180 yards and one interception, good for a 157.8 passing efficiency. He also added 22 rushing yards on four carries and handled the punting duties in the win. Also Nominated: Dalton Cole, Brevard; Cory Vaughan, Greensboro.

Football Defensive Player of the Week 
DeAnte' Griffith, Huntingdon
 - The Athens, Alabama sophomore defensive lineman totaled three solo tackles, two of which were sacks, in a 52-17 win over USA South rival Brevard. Griffith's two sacks totaled a loss of 11 yards. He also added a forced fumble and three quarterback hurries in the victory. Also Nominated: Dejon Brooks, Averett; Trevon Charles, Brevard; Antonio Johnson, N.C. Wesleyan; Nate Jones, Methodist; Jeremiah Speed, Greensboro.

Football Defensive Rookie of the Week
Brian Stone, Methodist - The Augusta, Georgia freshman defensive back intercepted two passes, one of which led to Methodist's only score, in a 34-9 loss to USA South rival Maryville. Both of Stone's interceptions came in the first half and were returned for a total of eight years. He also added two total tackles in the loss. Also Nominated: Chris Diaz, Brevard; Josh Jones, Greensboro; Joseph Ledbetter, Averett; Ahmaud Taylor, Huntingdon.

Football Special Teams Player of the Week
Michael Bailey, Maryville - The junior defensive back from Antioch, Tennessee blocked two field goals in a 34-9 win over USA South rival Methodist. Bailey first blocked an extra point attempt before blocking a 28-yard field goal attempt. Bailey's second blocked kick was retuned into Methodist territory and led to a Maryville touchdown two plays later. Also Nominated: Cole Westberry, Averett; Bobby Haggerty, Methodist.

 

MEN'S SOCCER

Men's Soccer Player of the Week
Jordy Briceno, Greensboro - The sophomore forward from Cali, Colombia scored two goals with one assist in a 3-0 week for the Pride versus USA South competition. In a 2-0 win over William Peace, Briceno assisted on the eventual game-winning goal. In a 5-2 victory over Piedmont, Briceno scored in the 63rd minute to give Greensboro a three-goal lead. Finally, in a 2-1 win over Brevard, Briceno scored the game-winning goal with just under three minutes remaining in regulation. Also Nominated: Caleb Bratager, Pfeiffer; Cadribo Godfrey, N.C. Wesleyan; Lawson Lamm, Methodist; Nick Pope, Piedmont; Bret Thomas, Maryville.

Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Clay Sheaffer, Berea - The sophomore goalkeeper from Richfield, Pennsylvania posted a shutout in his only contest last week, a 2-0 win over USA South foe Averett. Sheaffer stopped all five shots he faced to help the Mountaineers grab their first Conference win of the season. Also Nominated: Tobias Borzel, N.C. Wesleyan; Austin Bramhall, Averett; Scott Brecke, Methodist; Patrick Hall, Brevard; Nate Long, Maryville; Nick Pope, Piedmont; Parker Spesock, Greensboro.

Men's Soccer Rookie of the Week
Cadribo Godfrey, N.C. Wesleyan - The freshman forward from Kampala, Uganda scored twice, including the eventual game-winner, in the team's only contest last week, a 4-0 win over USA South foe Brevard. Godfrey scored in the 38th and 42nd minutes which were the first two goals of the match. Also Nominated: Austin Berry, Covenant; Jace Burchfiel, Maryville; William Curry, Greensboro; Tyler Hilbert, Methodist; Joshua Szidik, Berea.

 

WOMEN'S SOCCER

Women's Soccer Player of the Week
Addy Cronan, Covenant - The Knoxville, Tennessee junior forward was involved in five goals as she tallied two scores and assisted on three others in a 3-0 week for the Scots versus USA South competition. In a 5-0 win over Berea, Cronan scored the third goal of the match before assisting on the fourth. In a 2-1, overtime, win over Huntingdon, Cronan notched an unassisted game-winning goal in the 95th minute. Finally, in a 10-0 victory over LaGrange, Cronan assisted on the match's second and third goals. Also Nominated: Abbie Anderson, Maryville; Madeline Capel, Pfeiffer; Veronica Cappas, Piedmont; Alexis Chase, Greensboro; Capri Clark, Methodist; Jade Fulkerson, Berea; Ashley Hughes, Brevard; Eimear Reddin, Averett.

Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Rebeccah Rojas, Brevard - The Murietta, California sophomore goalkeeper posted two shutouts in both of the contests versus USA South competition she appeared in last week. In 180 minutes in goal, Rojas stopped all nine shots she faced to record her fourth shutout this year. In a 5-0 win over LaGrange, Rojas was forced to stop just one shot. In a 2-0 victory over Huntingdon, Rojas grabbed eight saves to earn the win. Also Nominated: Bailee Brown, Averett; Keeley Catarineau, Greensboro; Abbey Coleman, Maryville; Kourtney Halliburton, Berea; Madison Hatfield, Piedmont; Kaley Hyatt, Pfeiffer; Alicia Jacobs, N.C. Wesleyan; Rachel Lemay, Covenant; Sierra Swasey, Methodist.

Women's Soccer Rookie of the Week
Kailey Burrell, Covenant - The Trenton, Georgia freshman forward scored four goals, including two game-winning tallies, with one assist in a 3-0 week for the Scots versus USA South competition. In a 5-0 win over Berea, Burrell scored the match's first two goals and then assisted on the third. In a 2-1, overtime, win over Huntingdon, Burrell was held scoreless with two shots. Finally, in a 10-0 victory over LaGrange, Burrell opened the scoring in the 12th minute before adding an insurance score in the 52nd minute. Also Nominated: Sydney Moss, Greensboro; Adriana Perez, Averett; Mackenzie Pruitt, Pfeiffer; Zoe Van Hook, Maryville.

 

VOLLEYBALL

Volleyball Player of the Week
Caroline Corey, Meredith - The junior outside hitter from Greenville, North Carolina averaged 4.00 kills and 2.55 digs per set as the Avenging Angels posted a 3-0 record versus USA South competition. In a 3-2 win over Averett, Corey 18 kills, eight digs and one assist. In a 3-0 victory over Greensboro, Corey notched 11 kills, eight digs, one block and one service ace. Finally, in a 3-0 win over Pfeiffer, Corey notched a double-double of 15 kills and 12 digs. Also Nominated: Brooke Aaron, Averett; Megan Andrews, Methodist; Erica Balkcum, Piedmont; Madelyn Chappell, Salem; Alonna Clouse, Pfeiffer; Alexis Creasman, Huntingdon; Hannah Jenkins, Brevard; Mya Parks, William Peace; Sophie Puertas, Covenant; Brianne Sidner, Maryville.

Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week
Emily Braxton, William Peace - The freshman defensive specialist from Willow Spring, North Carolina averaged 6.38 digs and 1.15 assists per set as the Pacers posted a 4-0 record last week. In a 3-0 win over USA South rival N.C. Wesleyan, Braxton tallied 17 digs and three assists. In a 3-0 victory over Randolph, Braxton posted 26 digs, two service aces and one assist. In a 3-0 win over USA South foe Mary Baldwin, Braxton notched 16 digs, four assists and one service ace. Finally, in a 3-1 victory over USA South rival Salem, Braxton totaled 24 digs and seven assists. Also Nominated: Yasmeen Chan, Maryville; Alyssa Coffey, Methodist; Devin Lassiter, N.C. Wesleyan; Jordan Lloyd, Brevard; Emily Moore, Covenant; Taylor Moulton, Salem; Emily Stanley, Averett; Amy Tyna, Huntingdon; Ali Wilkins, Piedmont.

Volleyball Rookie of the Week
Alonna Clouse, Pfeiffer - The freshman outside hitter from Harrisburg, North Carolina averaged 4.31 kills and 3.38 digs per set as the Falcons posted an 1-3 record last week. In a 3-0 loss to Ferrum, Clouse posted eight kills, 14 digs, two service aces and one assist. In a 3-0 loss to Belmont Abbey, Clouse contributed six kills, five digs and two service aces. In a 3-0 loss to USA South foe Meredith, Clouse totaled 19 kills, three digs and one block. Finally, in a 3-1 win over USA South rival Greensboro, Clouse posted a double-double of 23 kills and 22 digs to go along with two service aces, one assist and one block. Also Nominated: Riley Adair, Methodist; Meredith Bonee, Maryville; Avery Bowman, Meredith; Emily Braxton, William Peace; Dixie Fulk, Salem; Hannah Gordon, Brevard; Zamyiah Mangum, Averett; Emma Moore, Huntingdon; Tatiana Paula, Piedmont; Courtney Swafford, LaGrange.

 

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Logan McKenzie, Berea - The junior from Athens, Tennessee placed first out of 213 runners at the Berry College Invitational last week. McKenzie completed the 8,000-meter course in a time of 25:38 helping the Mountaineers to a first place team finish. Also Nominated: Sam Hurst, Methodist; Zach Montgomery, Averett; Christian Tippette, N.C. Wesleyan; Caleb Aikens, Covenant; Bryce Griggs, Piedmont; Devon Williams, Pfeiffer.

Men's Cross Country Rookie of the Week
Sair Salgado, Berea - The freshman from Louisville, Kentucky placed 22nd out of 213 runners at the Berry College Invitational last week. Salgado completed the 8,000-meter course in a time of 26:28 helping the Mountaineers to a first place team finish. Also Nominated: Jonathan Wertz, Methodist; Zach Montgomery, Averett; Nate Collins, Covenant; Connor Moranos, Piedmont; Tucker Soltesz, William Peace.

 

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Lindsey Pritchard, Methodist - The senior from Strongsville, Ohio placed 64th out of 411 runners at the Queens University Royals Challange last week. Pritchard completed the 5,000-meter course in a time of 18:48, helping the Monarchs to a 29th place team finish. Also Nominated: Shannon Longworth, Averett; Lilly Smith, Covenant; Megan Miller, Pfeiffer.

Women's Cross Country Rookie of the Week
Maggie Henry, Covenant - The freshman from Sewell, New Jersey placed 48th out of 217 runners at the Berry College Invitational last week. Henry completed the 6,000-meter course in a personal-best time of 25:07, helping the Scots to a sixth place team finish. Also Nominated: Jessica Womble, Methodist; Val Angel, Piedmont.

 

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