FOOTBALL: Memphis’ Ferguson, Tennessee State’s Sellers earn TSWA weekly awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson and Tennessee State’s Vincent Sellers were named the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, by the Tennessee Sportswriters Association for their efforts in contests from October 2-8.
Ferguson set career-bests for completions, attempts, yards and touchdown passes in a 70-31 road win at Connecticut. The Matthews, N.C., native completed 34-of-48 passes for 431 yards and seven touchdowns with no completions over 40 yards. He tossed TD passes for four different receivers and helped the Tigers pull away from the Huskies after UConn tied the game at 21 midway through the second quarter.
Memphis scored 42 of the next 45 points in the contest, including four touchdown throws from Ferguson. It was his second career 400-yard passing game and he tied the program single-game record with the seven TD passes. Ferguson has 1,535 passing yards with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions through five games this season.
Sellers tied an FCS record with two interceptions returned for touchdowns in the Tigers 45-21 victory at Eastern Kentucky. One play after TSU took a 24-21 lead with 6:53 remaining, the Sarasota, Fla., native stepped in front of a pass and evaded several Colonels for a 34-yard return for a touchdown.
Three minutes later the freshman once again jumped an EKU route and dashed 44 yards for his second score, giving TSU a commanding 38-21 lead. Sellers tied for the team-high with eight tackles in the contest, including seven solo stops, and added a pass breakup in the win. He has 31 tackles with three pass breakups and five pass deflections this season.
2017 TSWA FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
August 31 – Sam Castronova, Bethel University (Offense); Alex Campagne, Cumberland University (Defense)
September 6 – Dezmon Huntley, Cumberland University (Offense); Chris Collins, Tennessee State (Defense)
September 12 – Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt (Offense); Jordan Early, Maryville College (Defense)
September 19 – Riley Ferguson, Memphis (Offense); Matt Simon, Tusculum College (Defense)
September 26 – Brad Anderson, Middle Tennessee (Offense); James Gilleylen, UT Martin (Defense)
October 3 – Elijah Chenier, Maryville College (Offense); Jaison Williams, Austin Peay (Defense)
MEN’S SOCCER: Carson-Newman’s Karslen named TSWA award winner
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Carson-Newman’s Tobias Karslen earned Tennessee Sports Writers Association Men’s Soccer Player of the Week honors, collecting five goals in a pair of matches for the Eagles.
The Kongsvinger, Norway, native netted all three goals in a victory over Lincoln Memorial, posting the game-winner in the 38th minute on an assist from Jonny Le Quesne. He added a goal in the 56th minute on assists from Will Sainsbury-Logan and Ashley Kelynack and scored unassisted in the 84th minute.
The sophomore recorded a pair of goals in a 3-0 win at Catawba College, netting the game-winner in the 14th minute on an assist from Thaylan Silva. He added his final goal of the week in the 82nd minute on an assist by Le Quesne. Karlsen has nine goals and one assist in 10 matches this season for Carson-Newman.
2017 TSWA MEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
August 31 – Brad Spooner, Bryan College
September 6 – Daniel Williams, Cumberland University
September 12 – Carlos Saavedra, King University
September 19 – Charlie Clarke, Bryan College
September 26 – Tyler Watson, Cumberland University
October 3 – Johnny Rakhmonberdiev, Maryville College
WOMEN’S SOCCER: Maryville’s Sipos garners TSWA weekly honor
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Maryville College’s Bailey Sipos collected three goals in four matches with a pair of game-winners, earning the Tennessee Sports Writer’s Association Women’s Soccer weekly honor.
The Knoxville, Tenn., native scored in the 18th minute in a shutout against Berea College. The freshman forward added two scores versus Agnes Scott, posting goals in the 15th and the 72nd minutes. She has 14 goals with three assists this year for the Scots.
2017 TSWA WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
August 31 – Sydney Cason, Belmont University
September 6 – Magda Mosengo, Carson-Newman
September 12 – Rebecca Holloway, Cumberland University
September 19 – Makena Giles, Bryan College
September 26 – Bailey Sipos, Maryville College
October 3 – Lauren Wade, Carson-Newman
VOLLEYBALL: Belmont’s Person named TSWA Player of the Week
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont’s Arianna Person was named the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s Volleyball Player of the Week, registering 17.5 kills and 14.5 digs in a pair of matches for the Bruins.
The Lenexa, Kan., native tallied 17 kills and nine digs in a victory at Tennessee Tech, adding three blocks in the road win. The senior followed that with match-highs in kills and digs at Jacksonville State, posting 18 kills and 20 digs in a 3-2 loss.
Person leads the Bruins with 215 kills, 3.41 per set, and ranks second on the club with 155 digs, 2.46 per set, while adding 17 blocks and nine service aces in 17 matches this season.
2017 TSWA VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
August 31 – Ashley Slay, Austin Peay
September 6 – Rylee Milhorn, East Tennessee State
September 12 – Rylee Milhorn, East Tennessee State
September 19 – Cassie Born, Tusculum College
September 26 – Megan Fair, UT Martin
October 3 – Cathy Scaniffe, King University