USA South Athletes of the Week - Sept. 15, 2014

USA South Athletes of the Week - Sept. 15, 2014

(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.)

Football Offensive Player of the Week
Jacques Alston, N.C. Wesleyan - The senior running back from Kenly, North Carolina rushed for 177 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 27-0 victory over Lincoln (Pa.) last week. Alston carried the ball 24 times for an average of 7.4 yards per rush with a long gain of 57 yards. Also Nominated: Graham Craig, LaGrange; Brandon Couden, Averett; Marcus Morrast, Christopher Newport; Luke Bailey, Huntingdon.

Football Defensive Player of the Week
Travonne Marshall, N.C. Wesleyan - The Miami, Florida sophomore defensive back recorded nine total tackles, two for lost yardage, as the Bishops posted a 27-0 shutout of Lincoln (Pa.) last week. Marshall tallied six solo tackles and three assisted take downs, including tackles resulting in a loss of nine yards. Also Nominated: Jayvon McCullough, Maryville; Brian Fuquay, Averett; Jacob Wright, Huntingdon.

Football Special Teams Player of the Week
Mason Studer, Christopher Newport - The Norfolk, Virginia senior place kicker/punter made both of his field goal attempts, both of his point-after-touchdown attempts and averaged 42.9 yards per punt in a 35-30 loss to Hampden-Sydney. Studer's field goals were from 19 and 43 yards away while on seven punts, three were downed inside the 20 yard line. Also Nominated: Wesley Bloeme, Maryville; Michael Reives, Averett; Parker Allen, Huntingdon.

Men's Soccer Player of the Week
Eirik Nordseth, Methodist - The junior forward from Steinkjer, Norway tallied four goals in a 2-0 week for the Monarchs. All of Nordseth's scores came in a 7-0 win at Southern Virginia. Nordseth tallied Methodist's second, fourth, fifth and sixth goals of the contest. In a 4-0 victory over Marymount, Nordseth was held scoreless but did manage three shots. Also Nominated: Chase Kane, Piedmont; David Lethco, Maryville; Snoopy Davidson, Covenant; Nathan Brown, Averett.

Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Alex Rabone, Methodist - The freshman goalkeeper from Dubai, UAE led the Monarchs to a 2-0 record last week by stopping all six shots he faced in 149 minutes in net. In a 7-0 win over Southern Virginia, Rabone played the first 59 minutes and made one save. In a 4-0 victory over Marymount, Rabone went the distance and stopped five shots to earn the shutout. Also Nominated: Ben Munger, Maryville; Cristian Turcios, Ferrum; Daniel Kubin, Covenant; Martin Erenstedt, Averett; Alex Brown, Huntingdon.

Women's Soccer Player of the Week
Sierra Siegel, Maryville - The Valrico, Florida junior forward tallied two goals for four points in a 1-1 week for the Scots. Both of Siegel's scores came in a 4-1 win over Oglethorpe as she tallied the team's first and fourth goals of the contest. In a 2-1 loss to Rhodes, Siegel was held scoreless but did manage two shots. Also Nominated: Katie Hodges, William Peace; Rebecca Staylor, N.C. Wesleyan.

Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Eleni Mavres, Maryville - The Clearwater, Florida sophomore defender helped the Scots to a 1-1 record last week. The Scots defense allowed three goals in two contests. Also Nominated: None.

Volleyball Player of the Week
Chelsea VanDyk, Covenant - The junior middle hitter from Manhattan, Montana averaged 3.0 kills, with a .328 hitting percentage, 1.6 digs and 0.9 service aces per set as the Scots posted a 3-0 record last week. In a 3-0 win over Sewanee, VanDyk notched eight kills, four digs, four blocks and one service ace. In a 3-0 victory over Emory & Henry, VanDyk tallied ten kills, four digs and two service aces. Finally, in a 3-0 win over Agnes Scott, VanDyk totaled nine kills, six digs, five service aces and one block. Also Nominated: Kelsey Handel, Maryville; Nicole Barringer, Averett; Karlie Long, Meredith.

Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week
Mallory Bonee, Maryville - The senior defensive specialist from Powell, Tennessee averaged 4.09 digs per set as the Scots posted a 3-1 record last week. In a 3-1 win over Oglethorpe, Bonee totaled 12 digs and two assists. In a 3-0 loss to Lynchburg, Bonee posted 15 digs and four assists. In a 3-0 win over Earlham, Bonee tallied four digs and one assist in just one set played. Finally, in a 3-0 victory over Centre, Bonee contributed 14 digs, three assists, one kill and one service ace. Also Nominated: Christiana Summa, Averett.

Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Graham Massot, Covenant - The sophomore from Rochester, Minnesota placed second out of 63 runners at the Saucony Invitational last week. Massot completed the 8K course in a time of 29:30, helping the Scots to a first place team finish. Also Nominated: None.

Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Beth Burgess, Covenant - The senior from Nicholasville, Kentucky placed third out of 83 runners at the Saucony Invitational last week. Burgess completed the 5K course in a time of 20:21, helping the Scots to a first place team finish. Also Nominated: Allie Gallagher, Meredith.

 

Rookies of the Week

Football Offensive Rookie of the Week
Brandon Johnson, Methodist - The freshman wide receiver from Hollywood, Florida caught his first career touchdown pass in a 52-20 loss to Guilford last week. It happened to be Johnson's only catch of the day and was from five yards out. Also Nominated: None.

Football Defensive Rookie of the Week
Anthony Shepard, LaGrange - The freshman defensive back from Daytona Beach, Florida grabbed an interception and collected five total tackles in a 28-27, double-overtime, win over Berry last week. Shepard tallied four solo tackles with one assisted take down and one pass breakup in the victory. Also Nominated: Jaylon Johnson, N.C. Wesleyan.

Men's Soccer Rookie of the Week
Stefan Cyvin, Methodist - The freshman forward from Trondheim, Norway tallied four goals for eight points as the Monarchs posted a 2-0 record last week. In a 7-0 win over Southern Virginia, Cyvin scored the team's third and seventh goals of the match. In a 4-0 victory over Marymount, Cyvin notched the first, and eventual game-winning goal, in the 37th minute before scoring again in the 62nd minute. Also Nominated: Chase Kane, Piedmont; Randy Reichenburger, Maryville; Keith Ricks, Ferrum; Andrew Jablon, Covenant.

Women's Soccer Rookie of the Week
Katie Hodges, William Peace - The Dunn, North Carolina freshman midfielder helped the Pacers to a 1-1 record last week by scoring one goal with two assists for four points. In a 2-0 loss to Warren Wilson, Hodges was held scoreless but did manage one shot. In a 4-2 victory over Wesleyan (Ga.), Hodges notched the game-tying goal in the 62nd minute then assisted on the next two Pacer scores. Also Nominated: None.

Volleyball Rookie of the Week
Hannah Shields, Averett - The freshman outside hitter from Keeling, Virginia averaged 4.3 kills and 2.6 digs per set as the Cougars posted a 2-1 record last week. In a 3-1 win over Bridgewater, Shields posted 21 kills, five digs, three service aces and one block. In a 3-1 victory over Gallaudet, Shields tallied a double-double of 17 kills and 14 digs to go along with three assists and one service ace. Finally, in a 3-1 loss to Washington & Lee, Shields notched a double-double of 14 kills and 12 digs to go along with one assist and one service ace. Also Nominated: Danyelle Carr, LaGrange; Ginny Moore, Covenant; Rachel Kozemko, Maryville; Hannah Blaylock, Meredith.

Men's Cross Country Rookie of the Week
Eliot Kaufmann, Covenant - The freshman from New York, New York placed fifth out of 63 runners at the Saucony Invitational last week. Kaufmann completed the 8K course in a time of 30:05, helping the Scots to a first place team finish. Also Nominated: None.

Women's Cross Country Rookie of the Week
Margaret Fitch, Covenant - The freshman from San Antonio, Texas placed fifth out of 83 runners at the Saucony Invitational last week. Fitch completed the 5K course in a time of 21:06, helping the Scots to a first place team finish. Also Nominated: Mary Kate Morgan, Meredith.

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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