USA South Athletes of the Week - Sept. 4, 2017

USA South Athletes of the Week - Sept. 4, 2017

(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.)

FOOTBALL

Football Offensive Player of the Week
Otis Porter, Huntingdon - The junior wide receiver from Montgomery, Alabama caught seven passes for 153 yards with one touchdown in a 38-24 loss to Guilford last week. Porter caught two passes on third downs which kept eventual touchdown scoring drives alive. Also Nominated: Sean Bowman, Averett.

Football Offensive Rookie of the Week
David Apiag, LaGrange - The freshman wide receiver from Columbus, Georgia caught three passes for 81 yards and scored one touchdown in a 29-25 loss to Birmingham Southern last week. Apiag's first collegiate touchdown was his long catch of the day, 72 yards. Also Nominated: Delquan Bigelow, Averett.

Football Defensive Player of the Week 
Montel Lee, Ferrum
 - The Andalusia, Alabama senior defensive lineman setup the game-winning score with a fourth quarter forced fumble and recovery in a 13-8 victory over Emory & Henry last week. With just over a minute to play in the game, Lee stripped the running back of the ball, grabbed it and returned it five yards which led to a Panther touchdown three plays later with 37 seconds left in the final quarter. Lee also compiled five solo tackles, four of which were for a loss of 19 total yards, including three sacks. Also Nominated: Dejon Brooks, Averett; Trey Hayes, Huntingdon; Fabian Ryan, LaGrange.

Football Defensive Rookie of the Week
Linell Tarver, Huntingdon - The freshman linebacker from Honolulu, Hawaii totaled nine tackles in a 38-24 loss to Guilford last week. Tarver collected six solo tackles and three assisted take downs. Also Nominated: None.

Football Special Teams Player of the Week
Cole Westberry, Averett - The sophomore kicker from Youngsville, North Carolina set the program record for the longest field goal with a 51-yarder in a 20-17 loss to Hampden-Sydney last week. He also handled the punting duties and averaged 39.0 per attempt including a long of 52 with two landing inside the 20 yard line. Also Nominated: None.

 

MEN'S SOCCER

Men's Soccer Player of the Week
Chris Deleon, William Peace - The senior midfielder from Woodbridge, Virginia tallied three goals in a 2-0 week for the Pacers. In an 8-0 win over Valley Forge, Deleon scored one tally. In a 3-1 victory over Shenandoah, Deleon tallied two goals. Also Nominated: David Cuperman, Averett; Carlos Barragan, Greensboro; Michael Lyons, Ferrum; Randy Reichenberger, Maryville.

Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Nate Long, Maryville - The freshman defender from Belmont, North Carolina helped the Scots post a 2-0 record last week by leading a defense which allowed just one goal in two contests. Maryville picked up a 2-0 win over Eastern Mennonite before grabbing a 2-1 victory over Wilmington (OH). Also Nominated: Marius Olavesen, Averett; Christian Ortiz, William Peace; Marco Rivera, Ferrum; Cole Watkins, Greensboro.

Men's Soccer Rookie of the Week
Chatchai Mize, Ferrum - The freshman forward from Carroll County, Virginia tallied two goals and one assist as the Panthers posted a 2-0 record last week. In a 3-1 win over Southern Virginia, Mize scored his first collegiate goal. In an 8-0 victory over Gallaudet, Mize netted a goal and added his first collegiate assist. Also Nominated: Milan Card, Maryville; Darli Mihindou, Greensboro; Asher Francis, Averett; Hunter Hall, Huntingdon.

 

WOMEN'S SOCCER

Women's Soccer Player of the Week
Meredith Harrison, Huntingdon - The Eagle, Idaho junior forward tallied four goals, two of which were game-winners, with one assist in a 2-0 week for the Hawks. In a 6-0 victory over Centenary, Harrison scored a hat-trick with three goals to go along with one assist. In a 1-0 win over Millsaps, Harrison scored the contest's only goal in the 26th minute. Also Nominated: Capri Clark, Methodist; Addy Cronan, Covenant; Mercedes Fisher, Greensboro; Kirstie King, Meredith; Emily Meador, Averett; Shannon Reagan, Maryville; Katie Tanner, Wesleyan.

Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Jaisa Loch, Meredith - The Grimesland, North Carolina junior goalkeeper posted two shutouts as the Avenging Angels were 2-0 last week. In 180 minutes in net, Loch stopped all seven shots she faced. In a 1-0 win over Sewanee, Loch made three stops while in a 2-0 victory over Southern Virginia, she collected four saves. Also Nominated: Kelly Allen, Maryville; Bailee Brown, Averett; Keeley Catarineau, Greensboro; Kylie Kersh, Huntingdon; Kylie Lovett, Wesleyan.

Women's Soccer Rookie of the Week
Kylie Kersh, Huntingdon - The Conyers, Georgia freshman goalkeeper posted two shutouts as the Hawks were 2-0 last week. In 180 minutes in net, Kersh stopped all four shots she faced. In both a 6-0 win over Centenary and a 1-0 victory over Millsaps, Kersh stopped two shots. Also Nominated: Nadia Al-Shahabi, Wesleyan; Alexis Chase, Greensboro; Emily Meador, Averett; Kathryn Nelson, Meredith; Paige Simons, Covenant; Bailey Sipos, Maryville.

 

VOLLEYBALL

Volleyball Player of the Week
Brianna Williams, Averett - The sophomore right side/middle hitter from Manassas, Virginia averaged 2.25 kills, with a .548 hitting percentage and 1.00 blocks per set as the Cougars posted a 4-0 record last week at the 23rd Annual Cougar Classic. In a 3-0 win over Randolph, Williams tallied 11 kills, five blocks and four digs. In a 3-0 victory over Southern Virginia, Williams posted four kills, three service aces, three blocks and two digs. In a 3-0 win over Roanoke, Williams totaled four kills, two service aces, two digs and two blocks. Finally, in a 3-0 victory over Guilford, Williams tallied eight kills, two blocks and one service ace. For her efforts, Williams was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Also Nominated: Danyale Berry, Greensboro; Alex Hafliger, Meredith; Cassidy Hayes, Methodist; Schuyler Moore, Covenant; Taylor Moulton, Salem; Brianne Sidner, Maryville; Carson Williams, William Peace.

Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week
Maggie Hawks, Salem - The freshman libero from Mt. Airy, North Carolina averaged 6.27 digs per set as the Spirits posted a 2-2 record last week. In a 3-1 loss to Catholic, Hawks totaled 26 digs, four assists, one kill and one service ace. In a 3-0 win over Eastern Mennonite, Hawks posted 16 digs, two assists and one kill. In a 3-1 loss to Lynchburg, Hawks contributed 27 digs and one assist. Finally, in a 3-0 win over Mary Baldwin, Hawks did not play. Also Nominated: Kaitlyn Flickinger, Maryville; Emily Horn, Greensboro; Samantha Smith, Meredith; Emily Stanley, Averett.

Volleyball Rookie of the Week
McKenzie Miller, Averett - The freshman setter from Danville, Virginia averaged 4.50 assists to go along with 1.42 digs and 1.00 service aces per set as the Cougars posted a 4-0 record last week at the 23rd Annual Cougar Classic. In a 3-0 win over Randolph, Miller tallied 14 assists, six service aces and five digs. In a 3-0 victory over Southern Virginia, Miller posted nine assists, three digs and one kill. In a 3-0 win over Roanoke, Miller totaled 14 assists, six service aces, four digs and one kill. Finally, in a 3-0 victory over Guilford, Miller tallied 17 assists, five digs and one kill. Also Nominated: Megan Andrews, Methodist; Danyale Berry, Greensboro; Maggie Hawks, Salem; Catherine Heape, Wesleyan; Arin Wyttenbach, Maryville.

 

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Caleb Aikens, Covenant - The freshman from Crossville, Tennessee placed seventh out of 79 runners at the Georgie Division III Invitational hosted by Berry College last week. Aikens completed the 8,000-meter course in a time of 27:38 helping the Scots to a third place team finish. Also Nominated: Daniel Beckett, Maryville; Alfredo Garcia Huerta, Averett; Elijah Sarmiento, Huntingdon.

Men's Cross Country Rookie of the Week
Caleb Aikens, Covenant - The freshman from Crossville, Tennessee placed seventh out of 79 runners at the Georgie Division III Invitational hosted by Berry College last week. Aikens completed the 8,000-meter course in a time of 27:38 helping the Scots to a third place team finish. Also Nominated: Mack Brooks, Methodist; R.J. Dyson, Averett; Elijah Sarmiento, Huntingdon.

 

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Lilly Smith, Covenant - The junior from Weaverville, North Carolina placed ninth out of 72 runners at the Georgie Division III Invitational hosted by Berry College last week. Smith completed the 6,000-meter course in a time of 24:48, helping the Scots to a third place team finish. Also Nominated: Macy Brinson, Meredith; Hailey Chandler, Averett; Damali Thomas, Huntingdon.

Women's Cross Country Rookie of the Week
Makayla Lawler, Methodist - The freshman from Knob Noster, Missouri placed first out of 65 runners at the Palmetto State Festival last week. Lawler completed the 5,000-meter course in a time of 20:09, helping the Monarchs first place team finish. Also Nominated: Taylor Williams, Maryville; Heather Hall, Covenant; Hailey Chandler, Averett; Karen Perez, Meredith; Damali Thomas, Huntingdon.

 

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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