USA South Athletes of the Week - Oct. 27, 2014

USA South Athletes of the Week - Oct. 27, 2014

(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.)

Football Offensive Player of the Week
Marcus Morrast, Christopher Newport - The senior quarterback from Stafford, Virginia set a single-game school record with 340 yards passing in a 45-31 victory over USA South rival Greensboro. Morrast was 19-of-24 passing (79%) for 340 yards and four touchdowns. He averaged 14.2 yards per pass attempt. On the ground, Morrast ran the ball seven times for 40 yards. Also Nominated: Tim Reynolds, Ferrum; Mac Graham, Greensboro; Michael Gray, LaGrange; Bryan Finney, Averett; Malik Adams, N.C. Wesleyan.

Football Defensive Player of the Week
T.J. Bulock, LaGrange - The Marietta, Georgia freshman defensive back accumulated 14 total tackles with one interception in a 24-17 win over USA South foe Huntingdon. Bulock recorded ten solo tackles and four assisted take downs, including one tackle for a loss of four yards. His interception came on the final play of the game and sealed the victory. Also Nominated: William Heilige, Greensboro; Nico Peterson, Averett.

Football Special Teams Player of the Week
Cody Ausherman, Methodist - The Kissimmee, Florida senior place kicker connected on all five of his field goal attempts, including the game-winner in double overtime, in a 42-39 victory over USA South foe N.C. Wesleyan. Ausherman was true on attempts from 29, 41, 43, 42 and 39. The 43-yarder sent the game into overtime and the 39-yarder was the game-winner. Also Nominated: Amiilcar Martin, Greensboro; Codan Breckenridge, N.C. Wesleyan; Mason Studer, Christopher Newport.

Men's Soccer Player of the Week
Snoopy Davidson, Covenant - The senior forward from Rome, Georgia tallied two goals with one assist in a 2-0 week versus USA South competition for the Scots. In a 1-0 win over Averett, Davidson scored the lone goal of the match, the game-winner, in the 67th minute. In a 9-1 victory over William Peace, Davidson assisted on the eventual game-winning goal in the 16th minute before scoring a goal of his own in the 25th minute. Also Nominated: Payne Fisher, Maryville; George Dimopoulos, Greensboro; Nathan Brown, Averett; Eirik Nordseth, Methodist.

Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Martin Erenstedt, Averett - The senior goalkeeper from Goteborg, Sweden helped the Cougars to a 1-1 record last week versus USA South competition by stopping 13 out of the 15 shots he faced in 186 minutes in net. In a 1-0 loss to Covenant, Erenstedt made six saves. In a 2-1, overtime, win over Piedmont, Erenstedt made seven saves to secure the victory. Also Nominated: Ben Munger, Maryville; Logan Rohde, Greensboro; Halldor Bjarneyjarson, N.C. Wesleyan; Alex Rabone, Methodist; Builder Brock, Covenant.

Women's Soccer Player of the Week
Rebecca Staylor, N.C. Wesleyan - The Virginia Beach, Virginia senior forward tallied seven goals for 14 points in a 3-0 week for the Bishops versus USA South competition. In a 6-0 win over Mary Baldwin, Staylor notched a hat trick plus one for four total goals, including the team's first, thus game-winning, goal of the contest. In a 4-0 victory over Huntingdon, Staylor scored the team's third goal of the match in the 11th minute. Finally, in a 4-0 win over LaGrange, Staylor tallied two goals, one being the first of the contest, thus the eventual game-winner. Also Nominated: Lizzy Simmons, Maryville; Danielle Lee, Meredith; Cathrine Onarheim, Averett; Savannah Castles, Piedmont; Deycasha Miller, Methodist; Bethany Logan, Covenant.

Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Elizabeth Gale, Piedmont - The Flowery Branch, Georgia junior defender helped the Lions to a 2-0 record last week versus USA South competition by scoring a game-winning goal and leading a defense to a shutout. In a 2-1, overtime, win over Greensboro, Gale netting the game-winning goal with 38 seconds remaining in the first overtime period. The goal was the first in her career. In a 1-0 victory over Averett, Gale and the Lion defense held the Cougars to two total shots. Also Nominated: Eleni Mavres, Maryville; Jaisa Loch, Meredith; Kim Josephson, Averett; Danielle Hickman, N.C. Wesleyan; Taylor Ross, Methodist; Lucy Johnson, Covenant. 

Volleyball Player of the Week
Karlie Long, Meredith - The sophomore outside hitter from Roxboro, North Carolina posted three double-doubles and averaged 5.0 kills with 4.5 digs per set as the Avenging Angels posted a 2-1 record versus USA South Competition last week. In a 3-0 win over N.C. Wesleyan, Long notched 21 kills, 15 digs, two service aces and one block. In a 3-0 victory over Covenant, Long tallied 23 kills, 14 digs, three blocks and one assist. Finally, in a 3-2 loss to Maryville, Long contributed 11 kills, 20 digs, four service aces and two assists. Also Nominated: Megan Mansfield, William Peace; Kelsey Handel, Maryville; Liz Widenhouse, Greensboro; Katelyn Rice, Mary Baldwin; Taylor Cramsey, Piedmont; Nicole Barringer, Averett.

Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week
Carson Williams, William Peace - The freshman defensive specialist from Dunn, North Carolina averaged 5.3 digs per set as the Pacers posted a 2-1 record last week versus USA South competition. In a 3-0 win over Methodist, Williams totaled 19 digs. In a 3-2 victory over Ferrum, Williams posted 27 digs. Finally, in a 3-1 loss to Averett, Williams contributed 18 digs and one assist. Also Nominated: Mallory Bonee, Maryville; Liz Widenhouse, Greensboro; Emery McGee, Meredith; Christiana Summa, Averett; Randee Harvel, Piedmont.

 

Rookies of the Week

Football Offensive Rookie of the Week
Gregory Clifton, Greensboro - The freshman wide receiver from Wake Forest, North Carolina caught three passes for 82 yards with one touchdown in a 42-31 loss to USA South foe Christopher Newport. Clifton averaged 27.3 yards per catch in the defeat. Also Nominated: None.

Football Defensive Rookie of the Week
T.J. Bulock, LaGrange - The Marietta, Georgia freshman defensive back accumulated 14 total tackles with one interception in a 24-17 win over USA South foe Huntingdon. Bulock recorded ten solo tackles and four assisted take downs, including one tackle for a loss of four yards. His interception came on the final play of the game and sealed the victory. Also Nominated: Montel Lee, Ferrum; Chase Sams, Greensboro; Brandon Boyd, Methodist; Hunter Shepherd, Averett; Jaylon Johnson, N.C. Wesleyan.

Men's Soccer Rookie of the Week
Asa Britten, Greensboro - The freshman midfielder from Blacksburg, Virginia scored one goal and assisted on another in a 2-0 week for The Pride versus USA South competition. In a 5-0 win over Piedmont, Britten scored the team's final goal of the match in the 85th minute. In a 1-0 victory over Maryville, Britten assisted on the lone, thus eventual game-winning, goal of the match in the 36th minute. Also Nominated: Randy Reichenburger, Maryville; Kyle Mosley, Averett; Remington Christman, Methodist; Hunter Brock, Covenant.

Women's Soccer Rookie of the Week
Christy Barton, Covenant - The Franklin, North Carolina freshman defensive midfielder helped the Scots to a 2-0 record last week versus USA South competition by scoring one game-winning goal. In a 2-1 victory over Averett, Barton notched a score in the 79th minute which proved to be the game-winner. In a 7-0 victory over William Peace, Barton helped the defense pitch a shutout. Also Nominated: Kara Tubb, Maryville; Jaisa Loch, Meredith; Tristian Bailey, Piedmont; Amanda Gustavsson, Averett; Cissi Edehult, N.C. Wesleyan; Jasmine Newman, Methodist.

Volleyball Rookie of the Week
Hannah Shields, Averett - The freshman outside hitter from Keeling, Virginia averaged 4.7 kills, a .284 hitting percentage and 2.9 digs per set as the Cougars posted a 3-0 record last week versus USA South competition. In a 3-0 win over Mary Baldwin, Shields contributed nine kills, six digs, one assist and one service ace in just two sets played. In a 3-0 victory over N.C. Wesleyan, Shields notched a double-double of 15 kills and 12 digs to go along with one service ace. Finally, in a 3-1 win over William Peace, Shields totaled 18 kills, eight digs and one assist. Also Nominated: Carson Williams, William Peace; Breana Baker, Greensboro; Maggie Ivester, LaGrange; Alex Hafliger, Meredith; Randee Harvel, 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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