USA South Athletes of the Week - Oct. 3, 2016

USA South Athletes of the Week - Oct. 3, 2016

(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.)

FOOTBALL

Football Offensive Player of the Week
Connor Blair, LaGrange - The junior quarterback from Ormond Beach, Florida set a new USA South and program single-game record by throwing seven touchdowns in a 65-62, four-overtime, loss to USA South foe Averett. Additionally, Blair added a touchdown run in the defeat. Blair was 31 of 47 for 447 yards, averaging 9.5 yards per attempt. Also Nominated: Nick Myers, Maryville; Gerrel Patton, N.C. Wesleyan; Sean Bowman, Averett.

Football Offensive Rookie of the Week
Brian Mann, Ferrum - The freshman running back from Pearisburg, Virginia rushed for 161 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 30-0 victory over USA South rival Greensboro. Mann carried the ball 23 times for 7.0 yards per rush including a 64-yard touchdown run. He also caught two passes for 19 yards. Also Nominated: Gianni Montgomery, Maryville.

Football Defensive Player of the Week 
Pierre Chadwick, Maryville 
- The Nashville, Tennessee sophomore defensive back collected seven total tackles and returned an interception 86 yards for a touchdown in a 52-13 victory at USA South foe Methodist. Chadwick recorded four solo tackles and three assisted takedowns. His interception came in the second quarter to extend the lead to four touchdowns when Methodist was looking to make it a two-touchdown game. Also Nominated: Al Matthews, Ferrum; Bobby Tucker, N.C. Wesleyan; Octavius Ross, Averett.

Football Defensive Rookie of the Week
Michael Bailey, Maryville - The freshman defensive back from Antioch, Tennessee totaled eight tackles, all of the solo variety, in a 52-13 victory at USA South rival Methodist. Also Nominated: None.

Football Special Teams Player of the Week
Kiontai Button, LaGrange - The Darien, Georgia sophomore wide receiver set a new USA South and school record by returning a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown in a 65-62, four-overtime, loss to USA South foe Averett. Button totaled 222 return yards which broke the previous program record. He returned six kickoffs for an average return of 36.7 yards. Also Nominated: Alex Willard, Maryville; Ryan Campbell, Greensboro; Malik Adams, N.C. Wesleyan; Cole Westberry, Averett.

 

MEN'S SOCCER

Men's Soccer Player of the Week
Tim Baker, Maryville - The senior midfielder from Knoxville, Tennessee tallied two goals in a 2-0 week for the Scots. In a 4-1 win over USA South rival Covenant, Baker scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 41st minute. In a 6-1 victory over Centre, Baker notched a goal in the 53rd minute to give Maryville a 3-0 lead at the time. Also Nominated: Caetano Viegas, N.C. Wesleyan; David Cuperman, Averett; Mac Puller, Huntingdon.

Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Alex Magner, N.C. Wesleyan - The junior goalkeeper from Newland, North Carolina posted two shutouts over USA South opposition in a 2-0 week for the Bishops. In 180 minutes played, Magner stopped all six shots he faced. In a 3-0 victory over Ferrum, Magner made four saves while in a 1-0 win over Greensboro, Magner stopped two shots. Also Nominated: Mitch Barry, Piedmont; Thomas Palmer, Maryville; Cole Watkins, Greensboro; Austin Bramhall, Averett.

Men's Soccer Rookie of the Week
Cole Watkins, Greensboro - The freshman defender from Kannapolis, North Carolina notched four goals in a 2-2 week for the Pride. In a 3-1 victory over USA South foe Ferrum, Watkins scored twice, the second of which was the eventual game-winning goal. In a 4-0 win over Southern Virginia, Watkins again tallied two goals, the second and third of the contest for the Pride. In 1-0 losses to USA South foes Methodist and N.C. Wesleyan, Watkins was held scoreless but did help the Pride hold the opponents to one goal in each contest. Also Nominated: Luke Martin, Piedmont; John Rakhmonberdiev, Maryville; Shamarr Perry, Ferrum; Baboucarr Njie, N.C. Wesleyan; Jesse Riggs, Covenant.

 

WOMEN'S SOCCER

Women's Soccer Player of the Week
Caitlyn Cook, Greensboro - The Colonial Heights, Virginia senior midfielder tallied four goals and one assist in a 1-1-1 week for the Pride versus USA South competition. In a 3-0 win over William Peace, Cook scored the first two goals of the match. In a 2-0 loss to N.C. Wesleyan, cook was held scoreless. Finally, in a 3-3, double-overtime, tie with Methodist, Cook was involved in all three of her team's tallies as she scored the first and third goals while assisting on the second. Her second score put the Pride in the lead with less than ten minutes remaining. Also Nominated: Natasha Enrique, Maryville; Lauren Seegel, N.C. Wesleyan; Johanna Ohrnberg, Averett; Morgan Canepa, Salem.

Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Eleni Mavres, Maryville - The Clearwater, Florida senior defender led a Scot defense which posted three shutouts in a 3-0 week versus USA South competition. In wins over Covenant, Agnes Scott and Wesleyan, the Maryville defense allowed a total of eight shots on goal. The Scots defense currently boast a 470-minute scoreless streak. Also Nominated: Rachel Lemay, Covenant; Irania Ventura, Averett; Taylor Dodson, Ferrum; Sydney Priest, Salem; Ashley Major, N.C. Wesleyan.

Women's Soccer Rookie of the Week
Payton Stuart, Ferrum - The Christiansburg, Virginia freshman forward tallied three goals and two assists in a 3-0 week for the Panthers. In a 5-0 win over Mary Baldwin, Stuart assisted on the team's second goal of the match. In a 2-1 win over Meredith, Stuart scored both Panther goals including the eventual game-winner in the 66th minute. Finally, in a 3-1 victory over Averett, Stuart assisted on the game's opening score and later tallied the eventual game-winning goal in the 50th minute. Also Nominated: Hannah Clothier, Maryville; Victoria Burkhart, N.C. Wesleyan; T'era Brown, Averett; Chaniece Moss, Salem; Kayla Boudreau, Meredith.

 

VOLLEYBALL

Volleyball Player of the Week
Tempestt Frazier, William Peace - The senior middle blocker from Havelock, North Carolina averaged 3.35 kills, with a .510 attack percentage, and 1.53 blocks per set as the Pacers posted a 4-1 record last week. In a 3-0 loss to nationally-ranked Christopher Newport, Frazier posted 11 kills and two blocks. In a 3-1 win over USA South foe Huntingdon, Frazier contributed 14 kills, a .737 attack percentage and six blocks. In a 3-0 victory over USA South rival LaGrange, Frazier tallied ten kills, a .714 attack percentage, five blocks and two digs. In a 3-0 win over USA South foe Agnes Scott, Frazier posted eight kills, seven blocks and one dig. Finally, in a 3-1 victory over USA South rival Piedmont, Frazier totaled 14 kills, six blocks and two digs. Also Nominated: Cheyenne Strickland, Ferrum; Brandy Johnson, Greensboro; Hannah Blaylock, Meredith; Kylie Taffer, Salem; Cassidy Hayes, Methodist; Keenan Marks, Averett.

Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week
Christina Huber, N.C. Wesleyan - The senior defensive specialist from Virginia Beach, Virginia averaged 6.67 digs per set as the Bishops posted a 2-2 record last week versus USA South competition. In a 3-0 loss to Maryville, Huber totaled 19 digs and one service ace. In a 3-0 win over Salem, Huber notched 16 digs and one service ace. In a 3-0 loss to Covenant, Huber tallied 25 digs. Finally, in a 3-0 win over Wesleyan, Huber did not play. Also Nominated: Sarah Hendrix, Ferrum; Haley Hixon, Piedmont; Kaitlyn Flickinger, Maryville; Tori Belcher, Greensboro; Keegan Lynch, Meredith; Emily Stanley, Averett; Mariah Sharon, Salem; Carson Williams, William Peace.

Volleyball Rookie of the Week
Brianne Sidner, Maryville - The freshman outside hitter from Marietta, Georgia averaged 3.43 kills, with a .309 attack percentage, and 1.21 digs per set as the Scots posted a 2-2 record last week versus USA South competition. In a 3-0 win over N.C. Wesleyan, Sidner totaled 12 kills, three digs, two blocks and one service ace. In a 3-1 win over Mary Baldwin, Sidner notched five kills, two digs and one block in just three sets played. In a 3-0 loss to Meredith, Sidner recorded 13 kills, and two digs. Finally, in a 3-2 loss to Ferrum, Sidner tallied a double-double of 18 kills and ten digs with two service aces. Also Nominated: Lainey Choiniere, Piedmont; Caroline Corey, Meredith; Autumn Spence, N.C. Wesleyan; Brianna Williams, Averett; Allie Jakes, Covenant; Taylor Moulton, Salem; Mya Parks, William Peace.

 

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Nathan Galloway, Piedmont - The freshman from Jefferson, Georgia placed 134th out of 388 runners at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic last week. Galloway completed the 8K course in a freshman school record time of 27:27 helping the Lions to a 28th place team finish at the largely Division-I attended event. Also Nominated: Daniel Beckett, Maryville; Micah Sneller, Covenant; Alfredo Garcia Huerta, Averett; Endashaw Tonja, Methodist.

Men's Cross Country Rookie of the Week
Nathan Galloway, Piedmont - The freshman from Jefferson, Georgia placed 134th out of 388 runners at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic last week. Galloway completed the 8K course in a freshman school record time of 27:27, helping the Lions to a 28th place team finish at the largely Division-I attended event. Also Nominated: Daniel Beckett, Maryville; Caleb Keitt, Covenant; Jayson Dillard, Averett; Endashaw Tonja, Methodist.

 

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Reese Bowles, Piedmont - The junior from Jefferson, Georgia placed 83rd out of 332 runners at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic last week. Bowles completed the 6K course in a program record time of 23:44, helping the Lions to a 22nd place team finish at the largely Division-I attended event. Also Nominated: Lilly Smith, Covenant; Frida Lundquist, Averett.

Women's Cross Country Rookie of the Week
Casey Todd, Piedmont - The freshman from Decatur, Georgia placed 150th out of 332 runners at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic last week. Todd completed the 6K course in a freshman school record time of 24:52, helping the Lions to a 22nd place team finish at the largely Division-I attended event. Also Nominated: Susanna Cook, Maryville; Anna Danek, Covenant; Ally Mattera, Methodist.

 

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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