USA South Athletes of the Week - March 26, 2018

USA South Athletes of the Week - March 26, 2018

BASEBALL

Baseball Player of the Week
Hayden Hollingsworth, Maryville - The sophomore second baseman from Nashville, Tennessee went a combined 7-for-15 (.467) with a .619 on-base percentage and a .533 slugging percentage to go along with eight runs scored, one run batted in, one double, six walks and nine stolen bases as the Scots notched a 4-0 record last week. In an 8-7 win over Emory & Henry, Hollingsworth was 1-for-2 with two runs scored, one double, three walks and three stolen bases. In a three-game sweep of USA South rival Covenant, Hollingsworth was a combined 6-for-13 with six runs scored, one run batted in, three walks and six stolen bases. Also Nominated: Austin Jones, LaGrange; Scotty McGuire, Greensboro; Jabin Smith, Piedmont; Bradley Tickle, Averett; Brandon West, Ferrum.

Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Jacob Holland, Ferrum - The senior from Courtland, Virginia earned the win over nationally-ranked USA South foe Methodist in his only appearance on the mound last week for the Panthers. In the 2-0 victory, Holland tossed seven shutout innings and allowed just three hits with two walks and nine strikeouts. Also Nominated: Piero Amador, Greensboro; Sam Carpenter, Piedmont; Austin Fain, LaGrange; Nate Gardner, N.C. Wesleyan; Carden Mellown, Huntingdon; Ryan Traylor, Averett; Ricky Ward, Maryville.

Baseball Rookie of the Week
McKinley Erves, LaGrange - The freshman outfielder from Huntsville, Alabama went a combined 7-for-13 (.538) with a .667 on-base percentage and a .692 slugging percentage to go along with six runs scored, three RBI, two doubles, four walks and two stolen bases as the Panthers notched a 3-1 record last week. In an 11-1 loss to Berry, Erves was 1-for-2 with one walk. In a three-game sweep of USA South foe Berea, Erves was a combined 6-for-11 with six runs scored, three RBI, two doubles, three walks and two stolen bases. Also Nominated: Blake Carroll, Greensboro; Nick Taylor, Averett.

Baseball Rookie Pitcher of the Week
Ryan Traylor, Averett - The freshman from Chesterfield, Virginia earned a win in a 3-1 win over USA South rival N.C. Wesleyan in his only appearance on the mound last week for the Cougars. Traylor tossed eight innings, allowing one unearned run on six hits with one walk and four strikeouts. Also Nominated: Luke Bryant, Ferrum.

 

SOFTBALL

Softball Player of the Week
Abby Nash, Berea - The sophomore shortstop from Berea, Kentucky went a combined 11-for-18 (.611) with a .650 on-base percentage and a 1.333 slugging percentage to go along with eight runs scored, 13 RBI, two doubles, three home runs and two walks as the Mountaineers notched a 4-1 record last week. In a doubleheader sweep of Alice Lloyd, Nash was a combined 6-for-8 with six runs scored, six RBI, one double and two home runs. In a doubleheader split with USA South foe Wesleyan, Nash was a combined 3-for-7 with two RBI. Finally, in a 12-11 win over USA South rival Agnes Scott, Nash was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, five RBI, one double, one home run and two walks. Also Nominated: Kaitlyn Aherron, Averett; Emily Barrs, LaGrange; Kaitlyn Checkan, N.C. Wesleyan; Mariann Kennison, Piedmont; Alexus Murray, Maryville; Shannon Schmitt, Covenant; Alyssa Singleterry, Huntingdon; Cheyenne Strickland, Ferrum; Hayley Tickle, Greensboro; Sarah Watson, Meredith.

Softball Pitcher of the Week
Melissa Eckman, Piedmont - The junior from Perry, Georgia earned a 3-0 record with a 0.57 ERA during three complete game wins in the circle for the Lions last week. In 24.2 innings pitched, Eckman allowed four runs, two of which were earned, on 19 hits with four walks and 20 strikeouts. Her victories came over USA South foes Agnes Scott, LaGrange and Huntingdon. Also Nominated: Jasmine Agee, Ferrum; Kaitlyn Aherron, Averett; Nicole Blackburn, Maryville; Cheyanne Cox, Greensboro; Cris Gant, Covenant; Taylor Jackson, Meredith; Lindsey Selph, Huntingdon.

Softball Rookie of the Week
Cecilia Siegel, Agnes Scott - The first-year catcher from Plantation, Florida went a combined 9-for-18 (.500) with a .545 on-base percentage and a .556 slugging percentage to go along with four runs scored, ten RBI, one double and one walk as the Scotties posted a 1-5 record last week versus USA South competition. In two losses to Piedmont, Siegel was a combined 1-for-5 with two RBI. In two losses to Covenant, Siegel was a combined 1-for-6 with one run batted in. Finally in a doubleheader split with Berea, Siegel was a perfect 7-for-7 with four runs scored, seven RBI, one double and one walk. Also Nominated: Sutton Bridges, LaGrange; Caitlyn Caffee, Huntingdon; Taylor Campbell, Maryville; Makenzie Collins, Averett; Keri Hamlett, Ferrum; Madeleine Kalafut, Piedmont.

Softball Rookie Pitcher of the Week
Beth Braswell, N.C. Wesleyan - The freshman from Princeton, North Carolina earned a complete-game victory versus USA South foe Greensboro in her only appearance in the circle for the Battling Bishops last week. In the 8-1 win, Braswell allowed one run on five hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Also Nominated: Cheyanne Cox, Greensboro; Dani Kahn, Averett; Katlyn Smith, Maryville.

 

MEN'S LACROSSE

Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week
Adrian Harper, Huntingdon - The Charlotte, North Carolina junior midfielder totaled eight goals and one assist to go along with six ground balls and one caused turnover in a 2-1 week for the Hawks. In a 13-5 win over North Central, Harper scored three goals. In a 6-4 victory over USA South foe Piedmont, Harper notched three goals with one assist, two ground balls and one caused turnover. Finally, in a 10-8 loss to Pfeiffer, Harper scored twice and grabbed four ground balls. Also Nominated: Michael Bradley, Methodist; Jeremy Kohn, Piedmont; Victor Mehrtens, Greensboro.

Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week
Sam Hitt, Huntingdon - The Finksburg, Maryland junior midfielder was 38-of-52 (73%) on faceoffs and collected a total of 25 ground balls as the Hawks posted a 2-1 week. In a 13-5 win over North Central, Hitt was 16-of-18 on faceoffs with 11 ground balls. In a 6-4 victory over USA South foe Piedmont, Hitt was 5-of-12 on faceoffs with four ground balls. Finally, in a 10-8 loss to Pfeiffer, Hitt was 17-of-22 on faceoffs with ten ground balls. Also Nominated: Patrick Bell, Greensboro; Zach Czulada, Piedmont; Jacob Shriver, Averett; Brendan Siemen, Methodist.

Men's Lacrosse Rookie of the Week
Brendan Siemen, Methodist - The Acworth, Georgia freshman long-stick midfielder helped the Monarch defense hold their USA South opponents to seven goals in a 2-0 week. In a 10-7 victory over Greensboro, Siemen collected five ground balls and four caused turnovers. In a 21-0 victory over Averett, Siemen grabbed seven ground balls. Also Nominated: Patrick Bell, Greensboro; Bryce Coates, Huntingdon; Jake Hanak, Piedmont; Michael Meley, William Peace.

 

WOMEN'S LACROSSE

Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week
Alixis Roccia, Averett - The Fort Mill, South Carolina senior midfielder scored 12 goals with four assists, 24 ground balls, 16 caused turnovers and 11 draw controls as the Cougars posted a 3-0 record last week. In an 11-5 win over Juniata, Roccia scored three times with three assists, ten ground balls, three caused turnovers and one draw control. In a 19-17 victory over USA South foe LaGrange, Roccia totaled four goals, six ground balls, six draw controls and six caused turnovers. Finally, in a 14-2 win over USA South rival Huntingdon, Roccia contributed five goals, one assist, eight ground balls, seven caused turnovers and four draw controls. Also Nominated: Kaitlyn Harley, Ferrum; Holly Hite, Meredith; Caitlin O'Brien, Piedmont; Natalie Ritchey, Greensboro.

Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week
Cameron Ruffin, Meredith - The Raleigh, North Carolina senior defender helped the Avenging Angels' defense allow just four goals in a 2-0 week versus USA South members. She contributed a total of three caused turnovers, two ground balls and one draw control in victories over Greensboro and Brevard. Also Nominated: Mattie Keaton, Piedmont; Stefania Robba, Greensboro; Breanne Sawall, Averett.

Women's Lacrosse Rookie of the Week
Alixis Roccia, Averett - The Fort Mill, South Carolina senior, playing her first year of collegiate lacrosse, midfielder scored 12 goals with four assists, 24 ground balls, 16 caused turnovers and 11 draw controls as the Cougars posted a 3-0 record last week. In an 11-5 win over Juniata, Roccia scored three times with three assists, ten ground balls, three caused turnovers and one draw control. In a 19-17 victory over USA South foe LaGrange, Roccia totaled four goals, six ground balls, six draw controls and six caused turnovers. Finally, in a 14-2 win over USA South rival Huntingdon, Roccia contributed five goals, one assist, eight ground balls, seven caused turnovers and four draw controls. Also Nominated: Madison Blashaw, Greensboro; Lilia Cruz, Meredith; Emma Fransen, Piedmont.

 

MEN'S TENNIS

Men's Tennis Player of the Week
Chris Cox, Covenant - The senior from Maitland, Florida earned a 2-0 record at both the number-one singles and number-two doubles positions last week for the Scots versus USA South members Piedmont and Berea. In doubles, Cox teamed with Matthew Harvie to earn the wins. Also Nominated: Aditya Iyer, N.C. Wesleyan; Nicolas Yanes, Averett.

Men's Tennis Rookie of the Week
Aditya Iyer, N.C. Wesleyan - The freshman from Pune, India earned a 2-0 singles and doubles record last week for the Battling Bishops in two matches versus USA South foe William Peace. The singles victories were at the number-two and three positions while the doubles wins were at the number-one and two spots with J.D. Telles. Also Nominated: Dillian Betancourt, William Peace; Taylor Galloway, Covenant; Henry Blanco, Averett.

 

WOMEN'S TENNIS

Women's Tennis Player of the Week
Kacy Howard, Huntingdon - The junior from Tuscaloosa, Alabama earned a 4-0 record at both number-one singles and various doubles spots last week for the Hawks. The singles victories came over opponents from Rust along with USA South foes LaGrange, Berea and Maryville. In doubles, Howard teamed with Clayton Waring for wins at number-three and number-one spots and Heather Tabor for two victories at the number-two position. Also Nominated: Florencia Sorrentino, N.C. Wesleyan; Caroline Connelly, Piedmont; Aly Hall, Covenant; Heidi Sarkkinen, Averett; Camille Wilson, Agnes Scott.

Women's Tennis Rookie of the Week
Caroline Connelly, Piedmont - The freshman from Cumming, Georgia earned a 2-0 singles and doubles record last week for the Lions versus USA South foes Wesleyan and Covenant. Connelly earned wins at both number-one and two two singles, including a match-clinching victory over Covenant. In double, Connelly teamed with Maggie Moody at the number-two spot for the victories. Also Nominated: Giulia Zanetti, N.C. Wesleyan; Anna Rae Porcelli, Greensboro; Eleanor Crane, Averett; Lucy Burch, Huntingdon.


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