TSWA honors college players of the week - Sept. 5


FOOTBALL: Memphis’ White, Cumberland’s White earn TSWA weekly awards
– University of Memphis quarterback Brady White and Cumberland University’s Aaron White were named the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, by the Tennessee Sportswriters Association for their efforts in contests from August 27-September 2. This is the first of weekly awards for the 2018-19 academic year sponsored by the TSWA.

White completed 22-of-28 passes for 358 yards and five touchdowns in just a half of play for the Tigers in a win against Mercer. The Newhall, Calif., native and Arizona State graduate transfer posted TD throws of 45, 75, 62, five and three yards to five different receivers, the last one on the final play of the second quarter. The numbers are the best ever for a Memphis quarterback in his career opener.

White collected 6.5 tackles with 4.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks for the Phoenix in an overtime victory over Union College. The senior defensive lineman registered sacks on consecutive plays at the end of the first half and forced an intentional grounding call midway through the fourth period.

The Nashville, Tenn., native added a tackle for loss on the first play of overtime and along with Tamim Aldarawcheh, forced a fumble behind the line of scrimmage in the final quarter. He has 11 tackles this season in two contests.


MEN’S SOCCER: Tennessee Wesleyan’s Baggaley named TSWA award winner
– Tennessee Wesleyan’s Harry Baggaley earned Tennessee Sports Writers Association Men’s Soccer Player of the Week accolades, posting both goals in a victory for the Bulldogs against Martin Methodist. This is the first of weekly awards for the 2018-19 academic year sponsored by the TSWA.

The freshman from Stoke-on-Trent, England, evened the match with a goal in the 49th minute on an assist from Sebastian Molina and netted the game-winner on a penalty kick in the 86th minute for a 2-1 win over the RedHawks.

Baggaley has eight goals and one assist in five matches this season for TWU.


WOMEN’S SOCCER: Middle Tennessee’s Lennon garners TSWA weekly honor
– Middle Tennessee’s Miya Lennon collected a goal and two assists to earn the Tennessee Sports Writer’s Association Women’s Soccer weekly honor. This is the first of weekly awards for the 2018-19 academic year sponsored by the TSWA.

The Minot, N.D., native put home a rebound in the 26th minute for the first Blue Raider goal against LIU-Brooklyn. The freshman assisted on the next two goals for the home team, at the 36-minute mark to Hannah Tillett and then just seconds into the second half to Sam Debien.

Lennon has one goal and three assists through five matches this season for the Blue Raiders.


VOLLEYBALL: Memphis’ Flowers named TSWA Player of the Week
– University of Memphis sophomore Hannah Flowers was named the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s Volleyball Player of the Week, posting 71 kills, 41 digs, 11 aces and 11 block assists in five matches for the Tigers. This is the first of weekly awards for the 2018-19 academic year sponsored by the TSWA.

The Wildwood, Mo., native collected a pair of double-doubles as well (the first two of her career), registering 16 kills and 12 digs versus Florida A&M and posting 10 kills and 10 digs at UT Martin. She added a career-best 19 kills versus UAB and recorded 10 kills, four digs and six block assists against Central Arkansas.

Flowers started the week with 16 kills, eight digs and five service aces versus Alabama A&M. She hit .355 in 155 total attacks over the five outings and leads the Tigers with 94 kills and 19 service aces this season.