Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Weekly Volleyball and Soccer Releases


LSC Volleyball Weekly Release: Four teams unbeaten
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSIVE
Laura Iwuchukwu, West Texas A&M University, SR, Edmond, Okla., Edmond North

Iwuchukwu started off the 2013 season on a strong note this past weekend as she led the #10 Lady Buffs to the BritKare Lady Buff Classic Championship with a perfect 4-0 record following a season opening sweep of CSU-Pueblo on Thursday night as WT starts off the season 5-0. The Edmond, Oklahoma native registered 39 kills to average 2.44 per set for a hitting percentage of .438 to go along with 13.5 total blocks to average an impressive 1.56 per set. Iwuchukwu registered 14 kills on Friday morning in the tournament opener against UT-Permian Basin to go along with two total blocks and three digs in a Lady Buff sweep of the Falcons.

Maddie Huth, Angelo State University, SR, The Colony, Texas, The Colony HS
Huth picked up right where she left off as an AVCA All-American last season with a dominant performance throughout the ASU Invitational. Huth was named the tournament MVP after having 41 kills, 16 blocks and a .317 hitting percentage in 13 sets played. Huth helped lead the Belles to a 4-0 record at the invitational, including having 15 kills against Dallas Baptist in the season opener.

DEFENSIVE
Shelby Wilt, Angelo State University, JR, Dalhart, Texas, Dalhart HS

Wilt validated her LSC Preseason Defensive Player of the Week recognition right away by leading the Belle defense throughout its four matches at the ASU Invitational. Wilt led the Belles with 56 digs (4 per set) and had only two errors throughout the weekend. Wilt, who played the majority of the time at libero, also saw time at setter and had 26 assists. Not known for her blocking, she did provide a nice solo block in ASU's five-set victory over Arkansas Fort Smith in the final match of the invitational. She now has 1,290 digs in her career which is only a weekend into her junior season.

Kaitlyn Molloy, Midwestern State University, JR, Litchfield, Ariz., Graham-Kapowsin HS (Spanaway, Wash.)
Molloy proved to be a triple threat as the 5-8, 6-rotation middle blocker played a key role in Midwestern State's defensive efforts as the Mustangs came away with a 4-0 mark and the team title at the MSU/Hampton Inn-vitaitonal. The transfer from North Idaho averaged 0.69 blocks per set at the net then showed her athleticism with 3.62 digs per set while playing on the back row. Molloy's efforts spurred a defense which limited the opposition to a .095 team hitting percentage. The aggressive server added six service aces for good measure.

SETTER
Jordan Neal, Texas A&M University - Commerce, SR, Joshua, Texas, Joshua HS

Neal continued to anchor the Lion offensive attack, dishing out 155 assists in four matches while adding a team-high six service aces and 20 points as A&M-Commerce posted a perfect 4-0 mark at the HSU tournament. Neal opened up the season with 53 helpers against Alabama-Huntsville, followed by 28 assists and three aces against the host Lady Reddies. Neal then posted back-to-back 30 assist matches on Saturday, dishing out 35 against Christian Brothers and 39 against Southwest Baptist. Neal also added 10 kills while hitting .471 with seven blocks and 40 digs, recording three double-doubles in four matches over the weekend.

Kayla Rivero, Texas Woman's University, JR, McKinney, Texas, McKinney
Rivero led the team with 90 assists in a 6-2 offense. She led all four games in assists and recorded two double-doubles. Rivero posted 28 assists and 12 digs in an upset win over #23 Adams State and then added 21 assists and 14 digs against St. Edward's. She also had 32 assists against St. Mary's.


AVCA National Poll
WTAM moves up from #10 to #9, Angelo State jumps from #15 to #11, Texas Woman's is receiving votes.


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LSC Soccer Weekly Release: Two pick up weekly honors
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSIVE
Kathleen Keoughan, Angelo State University, FR, Midfield, Fort Worth, Texas, Nolan Catholic HS

Keoughan had a strong start to her collegiate career, scoring a goal in her first game against New Mexico Highlands and another goal in the third game of the season against Wayland Baptist. The freshman midfielder scored in the first game just three minutes into it off a double assist from fellow freshmen Chloe Contreras and Kelli Regan. Her goal on Sunday against Wayland Baptist was unassisted and put the final point on the board in a 3-0 Angelo State win.

DEFENSIVE
Vicky Back, Texas A&M University - Commerce, FR, York, England

Back led the defense that held Fort Lewis scoreless for over 100 minutes in a double overtime loss.  She helped shut down Mesa to only one goal and five shots on goal on the road.


Men's National Poll
WTAM #14 enters the poll, MSU drops out after being ranked #22 in the preseason poll

Men's South Central Poll
WTAM is #2, 

No women's team is ranked in the national poll

Women's South Central Poll
TAMC is #7, TWU is #9 and MSU is #10

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