USA South Athletes of the Week - Mar. 4, 2019

USA South Athletes of the Week - Mar. 4, 2019

BASEBALL

Baseball Player of the Week
Wes Powell, Huntingdon - The junior infielder from Cantonment, Florida went a combined 12-for-22 (.545) with a .607 on-base percentage and an .818 slugging percentage to go along with five runs scored, eight RBI, six doubles, three walks and two stolen bases as the nationally-ranked Hawks posted a 6-0 record over the past two weeks. In a three-game sweep of USA South foe Averett, Powell was a combined 6-for-10 with two runs scored, three RBI, three doubles and two walks. In a 2-1 win over Millsaps, Powell was 1-for-3 with a run batted in and a walk. Finally, in a two-game sweep of USA South rival Maryville, Powell was 5-for-9 with three runs scored, four RBI, three doubles and two stolen bases. Also Nominated: Andrew Burden, Piedmont; Blake Carroll, Greensboro; Tucker Criswell, Methodist; TC Eads, Berea; Cedrick Kornegay, N.C. Wesleyan; Kirby Lambert, Pfeiffer; Tyler Moore, Covenant; Ryan Traylor, Averett.

Baseball Pitcher of the Week
John Crawford, Huntingdon - The junior from Hoover, Alabama earned a two saves in three appearances on the mound over the past two weeks for the nationally-ranked Hawks. He tossed 3.1 scoreless innings, allowing two hits, one walk and nine strikeouts. Crawford struck out nine of the 12 batters he faced. In a 9-7 win over USA South foe Averett, Crawford slammed the door in the ninth by striking out two batters while allowing one hit. In a 2-1 victory over Millsaps, Crawford entered the eighth inning with the bases loaded and got a strikeout to end the inning. He then allowed one hit and struck out the side in the ninth to grab the save. Finally, in an 11-7 win over USA South foe Maryville, Crawford entered in a non-save situation, walked a batter and struck out the remaining three to end the game. Also Nominated: Josh Adkins, Averett; Seth Beard, Methodist; Sam Carpenter, Piedmont; Andrew Cline, Covenant; Brendan Grider, Berea; Eli Moravick, Greensboro; Matt Moser, Pfeiffer; Drew Tubb, N.C. Wesleyan.

Baseball Rookie of the Week
Issac Peters, Berea - The freshman outfielder from Cecilia, Kentucky went a combined 5-for-14 (.357) with a .438 on-base percentage and a .357 slugging percentage to go along with two runs scored, four RBI and one walk as the Mountaineers posted a 2-2 record over the past two weeks. In an 11-3 win over Johnson University (TN), Peters was 1-for-3 with one run batted in and one walk. In taking one out of three games versus USA South foe LaGrange, Peters was a combined 4-for-11 with two runs scored and three RBI. Also Nominated: Colton Clark, Huntingdon; Brandon Hatcher, Averett; Kolton Hicks, Maryville; Harrison Trawick, Piedmont.

Baseball Rookie Pitcher of the Week
Brendan Grider, Berea - The freshman from Elizabethtown, Kentucky picked up a win and a save over the past two weeks in two appearances for the Mountaineers. Grider tossed 7.0 total innings, allowing one run on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts. In an 11-3 win over Johnson University (TN), Grider went three innings and allowed one run on two hits with one strikeout to get the victory. In a 10-8 win over USA South foe LaGrange, Grider tossed the final four innings and did not allow a run on three hits with one walk and two strikeouts to grab the save. Also Nominated: Carter Ballstadt, Piedmont; Josh Adkins, Averett.

 

SOFTBALL

Softball Player of the Week
Kaitlyn Aherron, Averett - The junior infielder from Alton, Virginia went a combined 9-for-13 (.692) with a .750 on-base percentage and a 1.615 slugging percentage to go along with eight runs scored, five RBI, three doubles, three home runs, three walks and one stolen base in a 3-1 week for the Cougars. In a doubleheader sweep of Berea, Aherron was a combined 5-for-6 with six runs scored, four RBI, two doubles, two home runs, two walks and one stolen base. In a doubleheader split with Maryville, Aherron was a combined 4-for-7 with two runs scored, one run batted in, one double, one home run and one walk. Also Nominated: Taylor Campbell, Maryville; Jordan Deaton, Greensboro; Madyson Gibbins, Covenant; Hannah Hoban, Piedmont; Jacqui Howard, Berea; Kayla Molivas, N.C. Wesleyan; Makenzie Pennell, Pfeiffer; McKenzie Ridgway, Huntingdon; Kelsey Smith, Methodist; Emily White, Brevard.

Softball Pitcher of the Week
Kiana Millsaps, Pfeiffer - The Taylorsville, North Carolina senior earned three victories in four appearances last week for the Falcons in the circle. Millsaps tossed a total of 18.0 scoreless innings, allowing six hits with three walks and 14 strikeouts. Hunt's top performance was in a 1-0 win over Wilkes as she tossed a complete-game shutout, allowing three hits with two walks and five strikeouts over the seven innings. She added another win over Wilkes as well as one against USA South foe Covenant. Also Nominated: Melissa Eckman, Piedmont; Shelby Godwin, N.C. Wesleyan; Brittany Jones, Methodist; Micayla McCoy, Brevard; Lauren Melton, Huntingdon; Katlyn Smith, Maryville; Hannah Thompson, Averett; Maddy Wetherholt, Greensboro.

Softball Rookie of the Week
Anna Coleman, Averett - The freshman catcher from Yanceyville, North Carolina went a combined 6-for-11 (.545) with a .538 on-base percentage and a 1.091 slugging percentage to go along with two runs scored, eight RBI, three doubles and one home run in a 3-1 week for the Cougars. In a doubleheader sweep of Berea, Coleman was a combined 3-for-5 with one run scored, five RBI, one double and one home run. In a doubleheader split with Maryville, Coleman was a combined 3-for-6 with one run scored, three RBI and two doubles. Also Nominated: Bri Caton, Methodist; Aileen Hill, Covenant; Ashley Spencer, Berea; Caroline Stanley, Greensboro; Rebekah Stegmayer, Piedmont; Hannah Vines, Huntingdon.

Softball Rookie Pitcher of the Week
Hannah Thompson, Averett - The freshman from Pelham, North Carolina earned two wins in two starts last week for the Cougars in the circle. Thompson tossed a total of 9.0 innings, allowing two runs on six hits with one walk and nine strikeouts. In a 13-4 win over Berea, Thompson pitched the first three innings and allowed two runs on three hits with one walk and three strikeouts. In an 8-0 victory over Maryville, Thompson tossed a complete-game shutout, allowing three hits with zero walks and six strikeouts. Also Nominated: Ali Grace Hartman, Brevard; Lauren Kierpa, Covenant.

 

MEN'S LACROSSE

Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week
John Allen, Pfeiffer - The Lebanon, Ohio senior midfielder scored six goals, including the eventual game-winner, in a 15-11 victory over USA South foe Brevard in the only game last week for the Falcons. Also Nominated: Bryce Coates, Huntingdon; Cade Crews, Methodist; Jackson McKaig, Brevard; Davis Miller, Greensboro; Jacob Shriver, Averett; Jacob Wittenberg, Piedmont.

Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week
Liam Von Hoene, Methodist - The Potomac Falls, Virginia senior goalkeeper posted a 1-1 record last week for the Monarchs. He recorded a total of 32 saves and two ground balls while allowing an average of 9.50 goals per contest. In a 12-9 loss to Guilford, Von Hoene tied his own program single-game record with 22 saves. In an 11-7 victory over Randolph, Von Hoene stopped ten shots. Also Nominated: Patrick Bell, Greensboro; Marques Fleming, Averett; Sam Hitt, Huntingdon; Robert Kokal, Brevard; Nick Shelton, William Peace; Collin Wenger, Piedmont.

Men's Lacrosse Rookie of the Week
Jacob Wittenberg, Piedmont - The Spring, Texas freshman midfielder tallied a team-high four goals to go along with one assist in a 16-12 loss to Virginia Wesleyan, the team's only contest last week. Wittenberg also added three ground balls and two caused turnovers in the defeat. Also Nominated: Sam Garrett, Averett; Dominic Scali, Greensboro; Hunter Vaughan, Methodist.

 

WOMEN'S LACROSSE

Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week
Alixis Roccia, Averett - The Fort Mill, South Carolina senior midfielder scored three times, including the eventual game-winning goal, and assisted on three scores in an 18-3 victory over Hollins, the team's only contest last week. Roccia also added game-highs of nine ground balls, five draw controls and three caused turnovers. Also Nominated: Meagan Bourque, Pfeiffer; Ali Cucinotta, N.C. Wesleyan; Monti Hendrix, Methodist; Rylie Toomey, William Peace; Kara Whitson, Greensboro. 

Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week
Shania Springer, William Peace - The Raleigh, North Carolina sophomore midfielder collected a total of 11 ground balls, six caused turnovers and one draw control as the Pacers posted a 2-0 record last week. She also added one goal and one assist in the two wins. In a 13-8 win over Hanover, Springer totaled seven ground balls and three caused turnovers. In a 19-4 victory over Sweet Briar, Springer accumulated four ground balls, three caused turnovers and one draw control to go along with one goal and one assist. Also Nominated: Emily Eby, Averett; Mary Ellen Kelliher, Methodist.

Women's Lacrosse Rookie of the Week
Dana Florian, William Peace - The Raleigh, North Carolina freshman midfielder scored nine goals with six assists to go along with 13 draw controls, 12 caused turnovers and nine ground balls as the Pacers posted a 2-0 record last week. In a 13-8 win over Hanover, Florian totaled four goals and three assists with eight draw controls, six caused turnovers and three ground balls. In a 19-4 victory over Sweet Briar, Florian accumulated five goals and three assists with six ground balls, six caused turnovers and five draw controls. Also Nominated: Courtney DeLone, Averett; Lily Eisenhart, Methodist; Grace Look, N.C. Wesleyan.

 

MEN'S TENNIS

Men's Tennis Player of the Week
Roberto Puig, N.C. Wesleyan - The sophomore from Malaga, Spain earned a 3-0 singles record at the number-two spot and a 2-1 mark at the top doubles spot over the past two weeks for the Battling Bishops. Puig collected singles victories over opponents from two nationally-ranked Division III teams in Christopher Newport and Johns Hopkins as well as Division II Mount Olive. In doubles, Puig teamed with Giannis Brokakis to defeat teams from Christopher Newport and Johns Hopkins. Also Nominated: Andrew Chitty, Piedmont; Trent Harner, Methodist; Logan Hull, Covenant; Nicolas Yanes, Averett; Tom Hubble, Pfeiffer; Tom Mittring, Brevard.

Men's Tennis Rookie of the Week
Jarrett Gray, Piedmont - The freshman from Gainesville, Georgia earned a 3-0 singles record and a 2-1 mark at the top doubles spot over the past two weeks for the Lions. The victories in singles came at the number-four and number-one spots over opponents from USA South foes Brevard, Covenant and Berea. In doubles, he teamed with Kanler Cumbass and Roman Webb to gain wins over Covenant and Berea. Also Nominated: Chris Morton, Covenant; Patrick Shiends, Averett; Henry Murray, Methodist.

 

WOMEN'S TENNIS

Women's Tennis Player of the Week
Caroline Connelly, Piedmont - The sophomore from Cumming, Georgia earned 2-0 singles and doubles records over the past two weeks for the Lions. The victories in singles came at the number-one spot over USA South foes Brevard and Covenant. In doubles, she teamed with Maggie Moody to defeat Brevard at the number-two position and Covenant at the top spot. Also Nominated: Kelsey Kushner, Brevard; Esther Eddy, Covenant; Ashton Walker, Methodist; Fariza Abdulloeva, NC Wesleyan; Sydney Gray, Pfeiffer.

Women's Tennis Rookie of the Week
Sydney Gray, Pfeiffer - The freshman from Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina earned victories at both the number-four singles and number-two doubles positions last week as the Falcons defeated USA South foe Brevard in the team's only match. The singles victory was in straight-sets while the doubles win was with help from teammate Charlotte Craven. Also Nominated: Eleanor Flannery, Brevard; Samantha Lowry, Piedmont ; Abby Caddick, Methodist; Fariza Abdulloeva, N.C. Wesleyan.

 

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