TSWA announces weekly awards - Sept. 26

 James Gilleylen

James Gilleylen

FOOTBALL: Middle Tennessee’s Anderson, UT Martin’s Gilleylen earn TSWA weekly awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn.
– Middle Tennessee’s Brad Anderson and UT Martin’s James Gilleylen were named the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, by the Tennessee Sportswriters Association for their efforts in contests from September 11-17.

Anderson rushed 16 times for 104 yards and added six receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown in the Blue Raiders 24-13 win over Bowling Green. The Huntsville, Ala., native averaged 6.6 yards-per-carry and caught a 64-yard touchdown in the second quarter, the longest play of the season thus far for Middle Tennessee.

The freshman leads the Blue Raiders with 130 yards on 22 carries and has nine receptions for 113 yards.

Gilleylen tallied seven tackles along with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery as well as half a tackle for loss and two quarterback hurries in the Skyhawks 31-16 win over Tennessee State. The Tupelo, Miss., native notched three solo stops in the contest. He forced a fumble on Tennessee State’s second play from scrimmage, giving UTM the ball at the TSU 26 and that led to a field goal and a 10-0 Skyhawks lead.

The redshirt junior linebacker has 28 tackles with 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and four QB hurries 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)

 Tyler Watson

Tyler Watson

MEN’S SOCCER: Cumberland’s Watson named TSWA award winner
NASHVILLE, Tenn.
– Cumberland University’s Tyler Watson earned Tennessee Sports Writers Association Men’s Soccer Player of the Week accolades, scoring three goals in a pair of victories for the Phoenix.

The Simi Valley, Calif., native netted the game-winner against 24th-ranked Martin Methodist, taking a pass from Brian McNamara and beating the keeper 1-v-1 in the 37th minute. CU added a goal in the 76th minute in the 2-0 win.

The freshman midfielder netted two goals versus Oakland City University, scoring in the 22nd and 57th minutes, his fifth and sixth goals of the year.

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

 Bailey Sipos

Bailey Sipos

WOMEN’S SOCCER: Maryville’s Sipos garners TSWA weekly honor
NASHVILLE, Tenn.
– Maryville College’s Bailey Sipos recorded four goals in two wins for the Scots, earning the Tennessee Sports Writer’s Association Women’s Soccer weekly honor.

The Knoxville, Tenn., native registered a pair of goals in a 3-0 win over Wesleyan College, taking an assist from Hannah Clothier in the fifth minute and finding the back of the net unassisted in the 22nd minute. The freshman forward added two more goals in a 3-0 victory versus Ferrum College, scoring unassisted in the seventh and 58th minutes.

Sipos leads the Scots with 11 goals and one assist in nine matches this season.

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

 Megan Fair

Megan Fair

VOLLEYBALL: UT Martin’s Fair named TSWA Player of the Week
NASHVILLE, Tenn.
– UT Martin’s Megan Fair was named the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s Volleyball Player of the Week, collecting a pair of double-doubles in two wins for the Skyhawks.

The Conover, N.C., native posted 11 kills and 13 digs in a 3-1 victory over Southeast Missouri. The junior followed that with 18 kills (and just two errors) along with 18 digs in a 3-1 win against Tennessee Tech. UTM started OVC play 2-0 for the first time since 2011.

Fair leads the Skyhawks with 162 kills (2.95 per set) and ranks second on the club with 135 digs (2.45 per set) along with 14 service aces and 12 total blocks.

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