FOOTBALL: Maryville’s Chenier, Austin Peay’s Williams earn TSWA weekly awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Maryville College’s Elijah Chenier and Austin Peay’s Jaison Williams were named the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, by the Tennessee Sportswriters Association for their efforts in contests from September 24-30.
Chenier rushed for 151 yards on just 15 attempts with one touchdown for the Scots. The Baytown, Texas, native averaged 10.1 yards per carry against Greensboro College, ripping off runs of 28, 18, 17, 18, 13 and 12 yards en route to his 151, including a 28-yard TD run. Maryville rushed for 437 yards in the contest.
Chenier leads the club with 401 rushing yards on 80 attempts (5.0 yards-per-carry) and five touchdowns through five games this season.
Williams led the Govs to an historic 7-0 victory over 18th-ranked UT Martin, collecting six tackles with 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble and two quarterback hurries. It marked the first Division I shutout for Austin Peay since 1986. The APSU defense forced UT Martin quarterback Troy Cook into just 10-of-31 passing for 126 yards and two interceptions.
Austin Peay defeated a nationally-ranked opponent for the first time since 2009 and posted its first three-game winning streak since 1986. Williams has 16 tackles with 7.0 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and four QB hurries through five games 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)
MEN’S SOCCER: Maryville’s Rakhmonberdiev named TSWA award winner
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Maryville College’s Johnny Rakhmonberdiev earned Tennessee Sports Writers Association Men’s Soccer Player of the Week honors, netting four goals with one assist in three outings for the Scots.
The Kiev, Ukraine, native posted the equalizer in the 67th minute versus Berea College and added two goals against LaGrange College. The sophomore midfielder posted scores in the 54th and 55th minutes, taking a free kick from 20 yards on the first goal and heading in a corner on the second.
Rakhmonberdiev netted the first goal of the match in the 74th minute on a free kick from just outside the box and assisted on a Bret Thomas score three minutes later in a 2-0 win versus Centre College. He has seven goals and two assists in 10 matches this season.
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
WOMEN’S SOCCER: Carson-Newman’s Wade garners TSWA weekly honor
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Carson-Newman’s Lauren Wade assisted on all five goals for the Eagles in two wins, earning the Tennessee Sports Writer’s Association Women’s Soccer weekly honor.
The Coleraine, Northern Ireland, native collected two assists in a 2-1 victory over Clayton State, with Averi Williams scoring in the 29th minute to even the match and Holly Talbut-Smith netting the game-winner in the 80th minute.
The senior forward added three assists in a win at Anderson University on goals by Talbut-Smith (13th minute), Jaidyn Zapf (26th minute) and Lara Hallgrimsdottir (87th minute). Wade has five goals and eight assists in nine matches this season for Carson-Newman.
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
VOLLEYBALL: King’s Scaniffe named TSWA Player of the Week
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – King University’s Cathy Scaniffe was named the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s Volleyball Player of the Week, averaging 9.7 kills and 6.7 digs in three matches for the Tornado.
The Lorton, Va., native posted her first double-double of the season with 11 kills and 11 digs in a sweep at UVA-Wise. The junior followed that with seven kills in a sweep against Erskine College and finished the week with 11 kills, five digs and three blocks against Emmanuel College.
Scaniffe leads the Tornado with 157 kills (3.65 per set) and has 67 digs, 19 service aces and 12 blocks in 13 matches.
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