New Orleans, La. (GCAConf.com) – Kwame Jackson has done it again. The senior from Kingwood, Texas has earned his fifth consecutive Runner of the Week award this season. In doing so, Jackson sets a GCAC career record with his 14th award in the sport. He set a school-record for 4 miles, clocking in at 21:21 at the McNeese Cowboy Cross Country Stampede. Jackson also owns the Xavier record at 5 kilometers.
In winning the women's Runner of the Week award, Southern University at New Orleans' Orenthia Bennett (junior, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica) becomes the first non-Xavier runner to win the award this year. Bennett finished the McNeese Cowboy Cross Country Stampede with a time of 23:25 to lead SUNO's runners at the event.
New Orleans, La. (GCAConf.com) – Tougaloo College freshman outside hitter Chassidy Harris (Friendswood, TX) has been named Gulf Coast Athletic Conference volleyball Player of the Week.
Harris is having a very strong freshman year thus far. She leads the Lady Bulldogs in Kills and places fifth in the GCAC overall with 131 this season. Harris earns her first weekly honor after averaging 3.89 kills and an attack percentage of .324 as Tougaloo went 2-0 with wins over conference foe Edward Waters and LeMoyne Owen College. She also had 9 service aces in the two matches while committing just two errors.
New Orleans, La. (www.suno.edu/athletics) - The SUNO Lady Knights have been here before. They have racked up impressive win totals. They have two 20 win campaigns in the last three years. They have done well in the GCAC with 32 wins and just 9 losses in their last 41 conference matches heading into tonight's matchup with Edward Waters in The Castle.
So for the Lady Knights it was business as usual as they defeated the Lady Tigers in 3 sets (25-9, 25-8, 25-11). Reigning GCAC Player of the Week Christal Hollins was spectacular with 15 kills and 15 digs. Jen Pham and Ana Privrat added 12 and 21 digs respectively for SUNO as part of their great defensive effort. Jana Reininghaus and Milica Golubovic combined for 21 kills.
NEW ORLEANS, La. (www.xula.edu/athletics) -- Sophomore Ralitsa Hadzhistoyanova served a Convocation Center-record seven aces Monday in Xavier University of Louisiana's 25-8, 25-9, 25-7 women's volleyball victory against Voorhees.
The Gold Nuggets (9-2 overall, 6-0 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference) also set Convocation Center team records with 13 aces and a .446 hitting percentage. The victory was Xavier's ninth in a row -- the second-longest winning streak in program history.
Claudia Haywood and Jodi Hill had nine kills apiece for the Gold Nuggets, CeCe Williams had eight kills, and freshmen Kaelan Temple and Jelena Vujicic had five apiece. Five players hit .500 or higher, led by Haywood with a season-high .667 in 12 attacks and Williams with a career-best .615 in 13 attacks.
Hadzhistoyanova's 22 assists were a career best. Hill served three aces.