USA South Athletes of the Week - Oct. 22, 2018

USA South Athletes of the Week - Oct. 22, 2018

FOOTBALL

Football Offensive Player of the Week
Vontre Howard, Methodist - The junior running back from Charleston, South Carolina averaged nearly 14-yards per carry as he scored three touchdowns in a 42-6 win over USA South foe Greensboro. Howard carried the ball 14 times for 195 yards. His three touchdowns came from 90, 54 and seven yards out. Also Nominated: Elijah Chenier, Maryville; Jacob Gravett, Brevard; Trey Lancaster, N.C. Wesleyan; jacob Wright, Averett.

Football Offensive Rookie of the Week
Trevor Thomas, Maryville - The freshman quarterback from Lindale, Georgia accumulate 122 yards of total offense with one touchdown in a 37-17 win over USA South rival LaGrange. Through the air, Thomas was 8-of-13 for 99 yards and a touchdown. On the ground, Thomas carried the ball four times for 23 yards. Also Nominated: Cortez Scales, Jr., Brevard.

Football Defensive Player of the Week 
Antonio Johnson, N.C. Wesleyan
 - The Beaufort, North Carolina junior linebacker tallied 12 total tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery which he returned for a touchdown in a 29-21 win over USA South foe Brevard. Johnson notched ten solo tackles and two assisted take downs while his sack resulted in a loss of nine yards. His fumble return for a touchdown came near the end of the first half and is the third consecutive game he has scored a defensive touchdown. Also Nominated: Trevon Charles, Brevard; Julian Cupo, Methodist; Joseph Ledbetter, Averett; Ron McGriff, Maryville.

Football Defensive Rookie of the Week
Julian Cupo, Methodist - The Sarasota, Florida freshman linebacker tallied 12 total tackles, two pass breakups and one interception which he returned for a touchdown in a 42-6 victory over USA South foe Greensboro. Cupo notched six solo tackles and six assisted take downs in the win. His interception return for a touchdown came in the third quarter to extend the Monarch lead to three touchdowns. Also Nominated: Joseph Ledbetter, Averett.

Football Special Teams Player of the Week
Bradley Jefferson, Averett - The senior kick returner from Tignall, Georgia accumulated 200 kickoff return yardage in a 45-17 win over USA South rival Huntingdon. Jefferson averaged 66.7 yards per return which included a 93-yard effort in the fourth quarter. Also Nominated: Hunter Baldwin, Methodist; Jamal Ware, Maryville.

 

MEN'S SOCCER

Men's Soccer Player of the Week
Jordy Briceno, Greensboro - The sophomore forward from Cali, Colombia scored five goals with two assists in a 3-0 week for the Pride versus USA South competition. In a 2-1 win over Methodist, Briceno scored the team's first goal of the match then assisted on the eventual game-winner with less than five minutes remaining in regulation. In a 6-1 victory over Huntingdon, Briceno notched his first career hat trick with three goals, including the eventual game-winner in the 64th minute. Finally, in a 4-0 win over LaGrange, Briceno scored the the match's second goal before assisting on the third. Also Nominated: Chris Brown, Pfeiffer; Nick Bryant, Methodist; Aly Cadet, N.C. Wesleyan; Cameron Earls, Piedmont; Nate Long, Maryville; Jake Searcy, Averett.

Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Ryan Jorgensen, Maryville - The senior goalkeeper from Maryville, Tennessee posted one shutout and a 2-0 record last week versus USA South competition. In 185 minutes in goal, Jorgensen stopped 11 of the 12 shots he faced. In a 2-1, overtime, win over Methodist, Jorgensen made six saves. In a 1-0 victory over N.C. Wesleyan, Jorgensen collected five saves for the shutout. Also Nominated: Julian Bergman, N.C. Wesleyan; Austin Bramhall, Averett; Nick Bryant, Methodist; Paul Lemay, Covenant.

Men's Soccer Rookie of the Week
Austin Berry, Covenant - The freshman forward/midfielder from Signal Mountain, Tennessee scored twice and added an assist in a 2-0 week for the Scots versus USA South competition. In a 3-0 win over LaGrange, Berry was involved in every goal scored as he notched the first and third scores of the match while also assisting on the second. In a 1-0 victory over William Peace, Berry was held scoreless but did manage three shots on goal. Also Nominated: Jace Burchfiel, Maryville; Baste Endresen, Averett; Thomas Gittany, Greensboro; Cadribo Godfrey, N.C. Wesleyan; Junior Gyamfi, Berea.

 

WOMEN'S SOCCER

Women's Soccer Player of the Week
Bailey Sipos, Maryville - The Knoxville, Tennessee sophomore forward tallied three goals, two of which were game-winners, and one assist in a 2-0 week for the Scots versus USA South competition. In a 3-0 win over Brevard, Sipos scored the first two goals of the match. In a 5-0 victory over LaGrange, Sipos opened up the scoring in the eighth minute before assisting on an insurance goal in the 49th minute. Also Nominated: Mercedes Bauza, Greensboro; Kyra Duble, Covenant; Kelsy Esquivel, Pfeiffer; Miranda Gay, Methodist; Glendy Pineda, Berea; Josefine Sundbom, Averett; Sarah Weber, Piedmont.

Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Miranda Lutz, Meredith - The Mooresville, North Carolina freshman goalkeeper stopped all 18 shots she faced in a scoreless draw with USA South rival Methodist in her only appearance last week for the Avenging Angels. Meredith was outshot 25-8 in the game but earned the tie thanks to Lutz's efforts in goal. Also Nominated: Amber Follin, Berea; Bailee Brown, Averett; Natalie Habich, Greensboro; Devin Haupt, Piedmont; Maggie Hunt, Methodist; Kaley Hyatt, Pfeiffer; Maggie Wilson, Maryville.

Women's Soccer Rookie of the Week
Kelsy Esquivel, Pfeiffer - The Charlotte, North Carolina freshman forward scored three goals in a 2-0 week for the Falcons versus USA South competition. In a 3-1 win over Salem, Esquivel capped off the scoring with a goal in the final minute of play. In a 4-1 victory over N.C. Wesleyan, Esquivel scored the team's final two goals of the match. Also Nominated: Natalie Habich, Greensboro; Miranda Lutz, Meredith; Savannah Lickel, Maryville; Josefine Sundborn, Averett; Bailee Vanover, Berea.

 

VOLLEYBALL

Volleyball Player of the Week
Mya Parks, William Peace - The junior outside hitter from LaGrange, North Carolina averaged 3.42 kills, with a .279 hitting percentage, and 2.17 digs per set as the Pacers posted a 3-0 record. In a 3-1 win over Ferrum, Parks posted 18 kills, eight digs, two blocks and one assist. In a 3-0 victory over USA South foe Pfeiffer, Parks four kills, six digs, two assists and one block. Finally, in a 3-2 win over USA South rival Averett, Parks notched a double-double of 19 kills and 12 digs to go along with four blocks and one assist. Also Nominated: Megan Andrews, Methodist; Caroline Corey, Meredith; Sarah Egbers, Greensboro; McKenzie Miller, Averett; Alina Roberts, Piedmont; Brianne Sidner, Maryville; Amy Tyma, Huntingdon; Kathryn O'Connell, Salem.

Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week
Lainey Choiniere, Piedmont - The junior defensive specialist from Warner Robins, Georgia averaged 5.30 digs per set as the Lions posted a 3-0 record last week. In a 3-0 win over USA South foe Agnes Scott, Choiniere tallied 17 digs, three assists and one service ace. In a 3-0 victory over USA South rival Berea, Choiniere posted 18 digs, five assists and four service aces. Finally, in a 3-1 win over Kentucky Christian, Choinier notched 18 digs, one kill and one assist. Also Nominated: Emma Gray Beacham, Pfeiffer; Emily Braxton, William Peace; Emily Moore, Covenant; Lauren Phillips, Meredith; April Reese, Huntingdon; Emily Stanley, Averett; Jasmine Tapscott, Methodist; Corrin Shores, Salem.

Volleyball Rookie of the Week
Riley Howe, Covenant - The freshman outside hitter from Belfast, New York averaged 3.33 kills and 1.78 digs per set as the Scots posted a 1-2 record last week. In a 3-1 loss to 16th-ranked Berry, Howe posted seven kills, six digs, two service aces and one block, In a 3-0 loss to USA South foe Huntingdon, Howe contributed a career-high 14 kills, three digs, two service aces, one assist and one block. Finally, in a 3-0 win over USA South rival Agnes Scott, Howe posted nine kills, seven digs, two blocks and one service ace. Also Nominated: Riley Adair, Methodist; Sydney Barnwell, N.C. Wesleyan; Meredith Bonee, Maryville; Avery Bowman, Meredith; Alonna Clouse, Pfeiffer; Zamyiah Mangum, Averett; Ashley Murphy, Huntingdon; Aubree Yancey, Piedmont; Olivia Henderson, Salem.

 

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