USA South Athletes of the Week – March 22, 2021

From the USA South Athletic Conference

FOOTBALL

Football Offensive Player of the Week
Landon Cotney, Huntingdon – The sophomore quarterback from Alexander City, Alabama accumulated 257 yards of total offense and two touchdowns in a 16-13, overtime, win over USA South foe Maryville last week. Through the air, Cotney was 16-of-33 for 167 yards while, on the ground, he carried the ball 12 times for 90 yards and two scores, including the game-winner in overtime. Also Nominated: Jamaar Moore, Methodist; Trevor Thomas, Maryville.

Football Offensive Rookie of the Week
Braden Dunson, Maryville – The freshman running back from Carrolton, Georgia carried the ball 21 times for 72 yards in a 16-13, overtime, loss to USA South rival Huntingdon last week. Dunson averaged 3.4 yards be rush with a long carry of 12 yards. Also Nominated: None.

Football Defensive Player of the Week 
Khalil Patterson, Methodist
 – The Fayetteville, North Carolina senior defensive lineman tallied five total tackles, four of which were sacks, in a 24-9 victory over USA South foe N.C. Wesleyan last week. The four sacks for Patterson are the most from a Monarch in a game since the 2012 season. The sacks caused a loss of 13 total yards. Also Nominated: Benyon Williams, N.C. Wesleyan; Taylor Thomas, Maryville; Casey Peppers, Huntingdon.

Football Defensive Rookie of the Week
Demarcus Nelson, Maryville – The freshman linebacker from Knoxville, Tennessee totaled eight tackles, two of which were for a loss, including one sack, in a 16-13, overtime, loss to USA South rival Huntingdon last week. Nelson contributed four solo tackles and four assisted take downs while causing a loss of ten total yards. Also Nominated: Justin Hood, Methodist; Benyon Williams, N.C. Wesleyan; Tucker Spence, Huntingdon.

Football Special Teams Player of the Week
Connor Rutledge, Maryville  The freshman place kicker from Johnson City, Tennessee was perfect on his three attempts in a 16-13, overtime, loss to USA South rival Huntingdon last week. Rutledge connected on both of his field goals, including a 39-yarder which gave the Scots the lead in overtime. Also Nominated: Will Edwards, Huntingdon.

MEN’S SOCCER

Men’s Soccer Player of the Week
Cameron Earls, Piedmont – The Tifton, Georgia senior forward tallied two goals and one assist in a 5-1 win over USA South foe Maryville, the only contest last week for Piedmont. Earls assisted on the team’s second goal, which turned out to be the game-winner, in the 53rd minute. Earls then added two goals of his own in the 66th and 76th minutes, respectively. Also Nominated: Johnny Kummander, Averett; Ulises Sanchez, Methodist; Jovan Cotton, Greensboro; Jorge Aguilar, William Peace; Austin Berry, Covenant; Lorenzo Cocchia, N.C. Wesleyan; Adam Spencer, Brevard; Jace Burchfiel, Maryville; Thad Lievens, Huntingdon; Obdulio Argueta, Mary Baldwin.

Men’s Soccer Defender of the Week
Rush Campbell, William Peace – The Sanford, North Carolina sophomore defender came up from the back and headed in the game-winning goal as the Pacers topped USA South foe Methodist, 2-1, in overtime, the only contest last week for William Peace. Campbell’s score was his first tally of the season. Also Nominated: Colton Dutchess, Averett; Cole Hupp, Methodist; Cameron Verona, Piedmont; Isaac Haddock, Greensboro; Isaac Schoutko, Covenant; Matteo Torchio, N.C. Wesleyan; Zack Moenter, Huntingdon.

Men’s Soccer Rookie of the Week
Owen Gates, Piedmont – The Commerce, Georgia freshman midfielder scored twice, including the eventual game-winning goal, in a 5-1 victory over USA South foe Maryville, the only contest last week for Piedmont. Gates scored the first two scores of the match in the 36th and 53rd minutes, respectively. Also Nominated: Alexander Soerensen, Averett; Brandon Cohen, Methodist; Jorge Lemus, William Peace; Sam O’Callaghan, Brevard; Matteo Torchio, N.C. Wesleyan.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

Women’s Soccer Player of the Week
Taylor Frizen, Maryville – The Knoxville, Tennessee junior forward scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1, double-overtime, win over USA South foe Huntingdon, the only contest last week for Maryville. In the 109th minute, Frizen got around the defender and beat the goalkeeper with a shot to the top of the goal, helping secure an undefeated Conference regular season for the Scots. Also Nominated: Madison Morin, Averett; Sarah Fisher, Piedmont; Paige Simons Pettit, Covenant; Madison Demkowski, LaGrange; Ashley Royster, Brevard; Alicia Jacobs, N.C. Wesleyan; Allison Fisher, Huntingdon; Annie Ammons, Mary Baldwin.

Women’s Soccer Defender of the Week
Alicia Jacobs, N.C. Wesleyan – The Fredericksburg, Virginia senior goalkeeper posted a shutout in the only contest last week for the Battling Bishops, a scoreless tie with Brevard. Jacobs stopped all seven shots she faced en route to her first shutout this season. Also Nominated: Alyson Kinkopf, Averett; Keeley Catarineau, Greensboro; Sarah Fisher, Piedmont; Ashley Kopczyk, Agnes Scott; Lucy Sandhoff, Covenant; Leila Moss, LaGrange; Rebeccah Rojas, Brevard.

Women’s Soccer Rookie of the Week
Clarice Peters, Averett – The Midlothian, Virginia freshman defensive midfielder was in on both of Averett’s goals in a 2-1 victory over USA South foe Mary Baldwin, the only contest last week for Averett. In the 33rd minute, Peters assisted on the match’s first goal then, in the 71st minute, scored the eventual game-winning goal. Also Nominated: Leila Moss, LaGrange; Taylor Richardson, Brevard.

VOLLEYBALL

Volleyball Player of the Week
Maggie Mathews, Maryville – The senior outside hitter from Fernandina Beach, Florida averaged 3.86 kills and 3.71 digs per set with a .385 hitting percentage as the Scots posted a 3-0 record last week against USA South foes. In a 3-2 win over Covenant, Mathews posted a double-double of 23 kills and 21 digs to go along with three blocks, one assist and one service ace. In a pair of 3-0 wins over Wesleyan, Mathews played just one set in each match and accumulated four kills, five digs and one assist. Also Nominated: Hailey Stout, Greensboro; McKenzie Miller, Averett; Brittany Carpenter, William Peace; Brianna King, Piedmont; Mattie Burris, Pfeiffer; Deanna De La Torre, Berea; Ally Copenhaver, Meredith; Rachel Bartlett, Covenant; Kaitlyn Pressley, Brevard; Sydney Clarke, Mary Baldwin; Amy Tyma, Huntingdon.

Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week
Erin Gray, Averett  The freshman libero from Virginia Beach, Virginia averaged 6.00 digs per set as the Cougars defeated Lynchburg, 3-1, on the road last week in the team’s only match last week. Gray totaled 24 digs to go along with five service aces. Also Nominated: Carly Uhlir, Greensboro; Abby Benton, William Peace; Jessica Beil, Piedmont; Emma Gray Beacham, Pfeiffer; Fabiana De’Jesus, Berea; Lauren Phillips, Meredith; Natalie Watts, Maryville; Morgan Ilsley, Huntingdon. 

Volleyball Rookie of the Week
Deanna De La Torre, Berea  The freshman outside hitter from Georgetown, Texas averaged 4.89 kills and 3.11 digs per set as the Mountaineers posted a 3-0 record last week. In a 3-0 win over Boyce, De La Torre posted 16 kills, six digs and one assist. In a pair of 3-0 wins over USA South foe Piedmont, De La Torre posted double-doubles in each match, totaling 28 kills, 22 digs, two assists and two blocks in six sets played. Also Nominated: Lauren Mantel, Greensboro; Erin Gray, Averett; Landis Limon, William Peace; Reagan Mercado, Piedmont; Lauren Shepherd, Pfeiffer; Rachel Bartlett, Covenant; Kaitlyn Pressley, Brevard; Emily Rogers, Maryville; Audrey Horsley, Huntingdon; Sydney Clarke, Mary Baldwin.

BASEBALL

Baseball Player of the Week
Davie Morgan, N.C. Wesleyan – The sophomore second baseman from Pinetops, North Carolina went a combined 8-for-15 (.533) with a .611 on-base percentage and an .800 slugging percentage to go along with four runs scored, six RBI, two doubles, one triple, three walks and two stolen bases as the Bishops posted a 4-0 record last week. In a 10-7 win over Ferrum, Morgan was 3-for-4 with one run scored, four RBI, one walk and one stolen base. In a three-game sweep of USA South foe Greensboro, Morgan was a combined 5-for-11 with three runs scored, two RBI, two doubles, one triple, two walks and one stolen base. Also Nominated: Jack Bartlewski, Piedmont; Alec Seaton, William Peace; Michael Garvey Jr., Greensboro; Tanner Bradshaw, Averett; Blake Winebarger, Pfeiffer; Lewis Saunders, Covenant; Zachary Ritter, Methodist; Logan Clark, Brevard; Wes Powell, Huntingdon.

Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Sam Carpenter, Piedmont – The senior from Gainesville, Georgia earned a win in his only appearance, a start, last week for the Lions, a 4-2 win over Huntingdon. Carpenter tossed seven innings and allowed one unearned run on two hits with zero walks and nine strikeouts. Also Nominated: Logan Barbour, William Peace; Ryan Traylor, Averett; Zach Tolleson, Covenant; Nathan Cockman, Methodist; Kevin Williams, N.C. Wesleyan; John Crawford, Huntingdon.

Baseball Rookie of the Week
Zachary Ritter, Methodist – The freshman outfielder from Fayetteville, North Carolina went a combined 4-for-8 (.500) with a .636 on-base percentage and a .750 slugging percentage to go along with two runs scored, three RBI, two doubles, three walks and one stolen base as the Monarchs dropped two out of three games against USA South foe Averett last week. In the first game of the series, Ritter collected his first career hit before posting a perfect 3-for-3 day at the plate during the second game of the series. Also Nominated: Zelgin Jackson, Averett; Jackson Hobbs, N.C. Wesleyan; Logan Clark, Brevard; Colin Whibbs, Huntingdon.

Baseball Rookie Pitcher of the Week
Zach Tolleson, Covenant – The freshman from Greensboro, Georgia earned a win in his only appearance, a start, last week for the Scots, a 9-3 win over Sewanee. Tolleson tossed six shutout innings and allowed just one hit with three walks and four strikeouts. Also Nominated: Justin Manus, Piedmont; Shane Michel, Averett; Cesar Rodriguez, Brevard.

SOFTBALL

Softball Player of the Week
Susanne Taylor, Meredith – The senior first baseman from Sea Level, North Carolina was a perfect 5-for-5 (1.000) with a 1.000 on-base percentage and a 1.600 slugging percentage to go along with three runs scored, three RBI, one home run and one walk as the Avenging Angels swept a doubleheader from USA South foe Mary Baldwin in the team’s only contests last week. In the field, Taylor compiled ten putouts without an error. Also Nominated: Lauren Nelson, Averett; Rebekah Stegmayer, Piedmont; Kailey Walker, Greensboro; Jordan Holman, Covenant; KayLeigh Fitzgerald, Agnes Scott; Taylor Jones, Methodist; Ashleigh Woods, Wesleyan; Emily White, Brevard; Logan Winstead, N.C. Wesleyan; Emily Nieuwstraten, Huntingdon; Lindsay Simmons, Mary Baldwin.

Softball Pitcher of the Week
Cheyanne Cox, Greensboro – The junior from Burlington, North Carolina posted a 4-0 record in four appearances, all starts, in the circle last week for the Pride. In a total of 23.2 innings pitched, Cox compiled a 0.30 ERA while allowing three runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits with 14 walks and 46 strikeouts. Cox earned two wins each over Methodist and Ferrum. In a 3-1 win over Methodist, Cox set a new career-high with 14 strikeouts in a complete-game victory. Also Nominated: Sarah Gundlach, Meredith; Caiti Mickles, Pfeiffer; Taylor Sullivan, Averett; Lauren Kierpa, Covenant; Brittany Jones, Methodist; Kimberly Dick, Wesleyan; Micayla McCoy, Brevard; Beth Braswell, N.C. Wesleyan.

Softball Rookie of the Week
Gigi Elizondo, Agnes Scott – The sophomore, in her first year of collegiate softball, from Deer Park, Texas was a combined 4-for-7 (.571) with a .571 on-base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage to go along with four runs scored, six RBI and one home run as the Scotties split a doubleheader from USA South foe Maryville. In a 12-3 win, Elizondo hit her first career home run and totaled three runs scored with five RBI. Also Nominated: Savannah Talley, Meredith; Taylor Sullivan, Averett; Emma McBrayer, Piedmont; Emma Bauer, Huntingdon; Olivia Gagne, Mary Baldwin.

Softball Rookie Pitcher of the Week
Taylor Sullivan, Averett – The freshman from Timberlake, North Carolina posted a 2-0 record with one save in four appearances in the circle last week for the Cougars. In a total of 13.0 innings, Sullivan compiled a 0.54 ERA while allowing four runs, only one of which was earned, on 11 hits with zero walks and 13 strikeouts. Sullivan earned both her wins over Carolina University and grabbed a save against Roanoke. Also Nominated: Regan Hutto, Agnes Scott.

MEN’S LACROSSE

Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week
Jared Nelson, Pfeiffer – The Vestal, New York senior attackman tallied 18 points on three goals and 15 assists, to go along with three ground balls and two caused turnovers, as the Falcons posted a 2-0 record against USA South opponents last week. In a 21-9 win over William Peace, Nelson totaled one goal, six assists, two ground balls and two caused turnovers. In an 18-8 victory over Methodist, Nelson contributed two goals, nine assists and one ground ball. Also Nominated: Davis Miller, Greensboro; Tyler Moodie, Averett; Hunter Vaughan, Methodist; Brady Jenks, Piedmont; Nick Falso, William Peace; Tyler Keiser, Huntingdon.

Men’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week
Tucker Hill, Pfeiffer – The Victor, New York junior faceoff specialist was 38-of-53 (.717) on faceoffs and totaled 30 ground balls, one caused turnover and one goal as the Falcons posted a 2-0 record against USA South opponents last week. In a 21-9 win over William Peace, Hill was 19-of-28 on faceoffs with 14 ground balls and one goal scored. In an 18-8 victory over Methodist, Hill was 19-of-25 on faceoffs with 16 ground balls and one caused turnover. Also Nominated: Justin Matthews, Greensboro; Jacob Shriver, Averett; Cameron Brink, Methodist; Zach Czulada, Piedmont; Stephen Dan, Huntingdon.

Men’s Lacrosse Rookie of the Week
Ian Parr, Piedmont – The St. John’s, Florida freshman attackman tallied six points on four goals and two assists in a 26-2 win over Brevard, the team’s only contest last week. Parr also added three ground balls in the victory. Also Nominated: Thomas Roupas, Averett.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Week
Emma Fransen, Piedmont – The Cypress, Texas senior attacker/midfielder totaled 13 points on ten goals and three assists, to go along with ten ground balls, seven draw controls and five caused turnovers, as the Lions posted a 2-0 record last week against USA South opponents. In a 19-3 win over Brevard, Fransen scored six goals with three assists, five ground balls, five draw controls and two caused turnovers. In a 16-1 victory over N.C. Wesleyan, Fransen compiled four goals, five ground balls, three caused turnovers and two draw controls. Also Nominated: Maya Flake, Meredith; Shelby Martin, Huntingdon.

Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week
Meredith Manson, Pfeiffer – The Auburndale, Florida senior defender caused a game-high six turnovers in an 11-6 win over USA South foe Huntingdon in the only contest for the Falcons last week. Manson also added six ground balls and four goals in the victory. Also Nominated: Briana Petrusa, Meredith; Aislynn Kimbro, Piedmont; Morgan Coppini, Huntingdon.

Women’s Lacrosse Rookie of the Week
Jessica Dowdy, Meredith – The Apex, North Carolina freshman midfielder scored four goals in a 24-1 victory over USA South foe N.C. Wesleyan, the only contest last week for Meredith. Dowdy also added four draw controls and one ground ball in the win. Also Nominated: Rebecca Slade, Piedmont; Julia Barbato, Pfeiffer; Peyton Beachler, Huntingdon.

MEN’S TENNIS

Men’s Tennis Player of the Week
Juan Vallejo, N.C. Wesleyan – The junior from Asuncion, Paraguay earned a 2-0 record at both the number-two singles and doubles positions last week for the Battling Bishops. Each of his victories came over opponents from Southern Virginia and 15th-ranked Mary Washington. In doubles, Vallejo teamed with Jhonny Acosta for the two wins. Also Nominated: Chris Bale, Piedmont; Dylan Betancourt, William Peace; Rufus Nurminen, Averett; Coleman Baker, Methodist; Ben Luke, Covenant; Caleb Edde, LaGrange.

Men’s Tennis Rookie of the Week
Rufus Nurminen, Averett – The freshman from Turku, Finland earned a win at number two-singles and one at the top doubles spot in a win over USA South foe Methodist, the only contest last week for the Cougars. Nurminen’s singles victory ended up clinching the match while his doubles victory came with Jorge Figueroa. Also Nominated: Silas Sandles, Piedmont; Solomon Crouch, Covenant.

Men’s Doubles Team of the Week
Jhonny Acosta and Juan Vallejo, N.C. Wesleyan – The Battling Bishop duo earned a 2-0 record at the number-two doubles position last week, earning wins over opponents from Southern Virginia and 15th-ranked Mary Washington. Also Nominated: Solomon Crouch and Austin Dreslinski, Covenant; Silas Sandles and Roman Webb, Piedmont; Jorge Figueroa and Rufus Nurminen, Averett; Clint Brewer and Caleb Edde, LaGrange. 

WOMEN’S TENNIS

Women’s Tennis Player of the Week
Imani Vincent, Piedmont – The sophomore from Lawrenceville, Georgia posted a 3-0 record at the number-one singles position and a 3-0 mark at various doubles spots last week for the Lions. Vincent earned the singles wins over opponents from USA South foes Brevard (twice) and Pfeiffer. In doubles, she teamed with Marion Sloyan for one win and Melissa Gish for the other two victories. Also Nominated: Natalie Collins, Methodist; Gillian Bosko, Covenant; Hannah Miller, LaGrange; Elisa Mariotti, N.C. Wesleyan; Melanie Kowalewski, Maryville; Kennedy Harp, Huntingdon.

Women’s Tennis Rookie of the Week
Elisa Mariotti, N.C. Wesleyan – The freshman from Rome, Italy posted a 3-0 record at the number-three singles position and a 2-1 mark at the top doubles spot last week for the Battling Bishops. In singles, the victories came over opponents from Southern Virginia, Mary Baldwin and 15th-ranked Mary Washington. In doubles, Mariotti teamed with Stefanie Wilske to earn wins over Southern Virginia and Mary Baldwin. Also Nominated: Megan Waldheim, Piedmont; Gillian Bosko, Covenant; Anastasia Dunn, Maryville; Kennedy Harp, Huntingdon.

Women’s Tennis Doubles Team of the Week
Maggie Moody and Megan Waldheim, Piedmont  The Lion duo posted a 3-0 record last week, all at the number-one position. The wins came over opposition from USA South foes Brevard (twice) and Pfeiffer. Also Nominated: Lucy Burch and Kennedy Harp, Huntingdon; Anastasia Dunn and Kayla Zimmerman, Maryville; Elisa Mariotti and Stefanie Wilske, N.C. Wesleyan; Gillian Bosko and Madelyn Savage, Covenant.  

MEN’S TRACK & FIELD

Men’s Track Athlete of the Week
Julian Hazen, Piedmont – The sophomore from Buford, Georgia competed at the Myrtle Beach Collegiate Challenge two weeks ago and set a new program record in the 400 meters with a time of 49.01. Hazen also competed in the 200 meters with finished with a time of 22.02. Also Nominated: Keyshawn Campbell, Pfeiffer; Walter Brown, William Peace; Ben Mellott, Covenant. 

Men’s Field Athlete of the Week
Michael Rawlings, Covenant – The senior from Lancaster, Pennsylvania broke his own program record in the javelin with a mark of 49.23 meters at the Montevallo Falcon Classic last week. Rawlings also competed in the shot put and posted a mark of 10.64 meters. Also Nominated: Killian McClain, Piedmont; Errick Davis, William Peace; Jonathan Brindle, Pfeiffer; Jake Patterson, Methodist.

Men’s Track Rookie of the Week
Garrett Stadler, Piedmont – The freshman from Fairfield, Pennsylvania set a new collegiate personal best in the 400 meter hurdles two weeks ago at the Myrtle Beach Collegiate Challenge. Stadler finished the race in a time of 57.12. Also Nominated: Trent Rivers, Pfeiffer; Caleb Clendenning, William Peace; George Wells, Brevard.

Men’s Field Rookie of the Week
Kenneth Wilkes, William Peace – The freshman from Asheville, North Carolina set a new program record in the high jump with a mark of 1.88 meters two weeks ago at the Wendy’s Navy Seahawk Invitational. Wilkes also competed in the 400 meters at the event and finished the race in a time of 53.69. Last week, at the Ram’s College Invitational, Wilkes competed in the long jump and posted a mark of 5.98 meters. Also Nominated: None.

WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD

Women’s Track Athlete of the Week
Makayla Lawler, Methodist – The senior from Cameron, North Carolina shattered the program record in the 5,000 meters last week at the Myrtle Beach Shamrock Invitational. Lawler finished the race in a time of 17:54 which bested the previous record by nearly 16 seconds. Also Nominated: Claire Mackes, Covenant. 

Women’s Field Athlete of the Week
Myla Barnes, William Peace – The junior from Dayton, Ohio broke her own school record in the discus last week at the Ram’s College Invitational. Barnes topped her previous best with a throw of 34.02 meters. Also at the meet, in the shot put, Barnes posted a best throw of 8.82 meters. Also Nominated: Kelia Oliver, Brevard.

Women’s Track Rookie of the Week
Mattie Parker, Covenant – The sophomore from Signal Mountain, Tennessee, in her first season of collegiate outdoor track & field, completed the 5,000 meters in a time of 19:32 last week at the Montevallo Falcon Classic in her only event. Also Nominated: None.

Women’s Field Rookie of the Week
No Nominations 

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