FOOTBALL: Vanderbilt’s Shurmur, Maryville’s Early earn TSWA weekly awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt’s Kyle Shurmur and Maryville College’s Jordan Early were named the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, by the Tennessee Sportswriters Association for their efforts in contests from August 28-September 3.
Shurmur completed 15-of-18 passes for 202 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another score in VU’s 42-0 victory against Alabama A&M. The Philadelphia, Pa., native set a single-game career high with the four TD passes and established a new Vanderbilt single-game percentage mark (.833), breaking a record that stood for 56 years.
The junior quarterback has passed for 498 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions while completing 35-of-46 attempts through two games, helping the Commodores to their first 2-0 start since 2011.
Early registered five tackles with a fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown in a 24-20 comeback victory against Hanover College. The Marietta, Ga., native scooped a fumble and scampered 37 yards for a score with 6:58 left in the first half, cutting the Hanover lead to 14-7. Maryville’s offense managed only 43 yards in the first half, but the scoop-and-score kept the Scots in the contest.
Early has 12 tackles with 0.5 tackles for loss and one pass breakup through two 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)
MEN’S SOCCER: King’s Saavedra named TSWA award winner
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – King University’s Carlos Saavedra earned Tennessee Sports Writers Association Men’s Soccer Player of the Week accolades, posting a pair of outings with two goals.
King trailed 2-0 at Mars Hill College but the junior cut the deficit in half with a goal in the 35th minute. The Chicureo, Chile, native netted his first career game-winning goal in the 79th minute, giving the Tornado a 3-2 come-from-behind victory.
Saavedra put King ahead 1-0 with a goal in the 11th minute in the Conference Carolinas opener at Erskine College, but the Flying Fleet took a 3-1 advantage in the second half. His fourth goal of the week was the equalizer in the 78th minute, sending the match to overtime. He has four goals and one assist in four matches this season for King.
2017 TSWA MEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
August 31 – Brad Spooner, Bryan College
September 6 – Daniel Williams, Cumberland University
WOMEN’S SOCCER: Cumberland’s Holloway garners TSWA weekly honor
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Cumberland University’s Rebecca Holloway recorded three goals and three assists in three matches for the Phoenix, earning the Tennessee Sports Writer’s Association Women’s Soccer weekly honor.
The Bristol, England, native assisted on an Emily Shires goal in the 66th minute that evened the match against 18th-ranked John Brown University. The junior midfielder scored the first and last goals and assisted on another in a win at Brenau University, posting goals in the fifth and 88th minutes and helping on Mariah Aplin’s score in the 69th minute.
Holloway added a goal and an assist in a home victory against Point University, helping on Aplin’s score in the last 10 seconds of the first half and netting a goal in the 51st minute from Kaitlen Kisiloski. She has three goals and four assists in four outings this season.
2017 TSWA WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
August 31 – Sydney Cason, Belmont University
September 6 – Magda Mosengo, Carson-Newman
VOLLEYBALL: East Tennessee’s Milhorn named TSWA Player of the Week
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – East Tennessee State’s Rylee Milhorn was named the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s Volleyball Player of the Week for the second consecutive week, registering 44 kills and 32 digs with one double-double in three matches for the Bucs.
The Kingsport, Tenn., native collected 15 kills and eight digs at Western Kentucky and posted her second double-double of the year with 15 kills and 17 digs in a victory over Saint Louis. The senior outside hitter recorded 14 kills and seven digs in the final match of the Holiday Inn-University Plaza Invitational versus Pittsburgh.
For the season Milhorn has 107 kills, 3.15 per set, with 86 digs (2.53 per set) and 16 service aces in nine matches for ETSU.
2017 TSWA VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
August 31 – Ashley Slay, Austin Peay
September 6 – Rylee Milhorn, East Tennessee State