Natalia Jimenez tied for second place at the MWC Championships last week. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
The Top Performers of the Week feature highlights the top athletes of each sport currently in play. Check back each week to see which athletes are standing out in Cougar sports.
Natalia Jimenez -- Women's Golf -- Junior -- Bogota, Colombia
Jimenez had a strong performance at the Mountain West Conference Championships, finishing tied for second at 2-over-par. Jimenez finished just two strokes behind the tournament winner, and helped BYU achieve a solid 2nd place finish at the tournament. The BYU Women's Golf Team now advances to the NCAA Regionals May 8-10, with the location yet to be determined.
Brad Nicholson -- Men's Golf -- Sophomore -- Mill Bay, British Columbia
Nicholson led the Cougars at the BYU PING Cougar Classic at Riverside Country Club, to finish in 4th place 5-under-par. In the final round, he shot a 3-under-par 69 to lead the Cougars to a 2nd place finish at the tournament
Ivan Perez -- Men's Volleyball -- Senior -- Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Perez tallied a match-high 19 kills with a .406 attack percentage against UC Irvine Saturday in an MPSF playoff quarterfinal match. He added 12 digs to those 19 kills for his ninth double-double of the season. Perez also had two service aces, two blocks, and three assists on the night in his last match at the Smith Fieldhouse.
Anastasia Surkova -- Women's Tennis -- Senior -- Moscow, Russia
The Cougars found themselves down 5-1 against in-state rival Utah on Saturday, with only one match remaining. On court one, No. 63 Anastasia Surkova found herself in a tough battle against No. 41 Elizabeth Ferris. After losing the first set 6-2, Surkova returned the favor by claiming the second set 6-4 and forcing a tie-breaker, which she won 10-7. The senior was able to redeem the loss she suffered to Ferris in their last meeting in 2007. The win also marks Surkova's fourth victory over a ranked opponent this season.
Thomas Shubert -- Men's Tennis -- Freshman -- Honolulu, Hawaii
After a tough loss to Utah last week, the Cougars rebounded by defeating No. 65 UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, just one day after the Gauchos posted a win over the Utes. Thomas Shubert and Daniel Hwang clinched the doubles point for BYU after earning an 8-5 win at the No. 2 position against Josh Finkelstein and Alexander Konigsfeldt. In singles, the freshman was the first to strike, giving the Cougars an early 2-0 lead with his quick 6-1, 6-2 defeat of Bijan Hejazi. With his wins on Saturday, Shubert improves to 15-10 in singles and 12-6 in doubles with Hwang on the season.
Kasey Ko -- Baseball -- Junior -- Kailua, Hawai`i
First baseman Kasey Ko had the best week of the Cougars, batting .529 with 11 total bases, going nine of 17 from the plate. As the Cougar baseball team suffered through a four-game slump at home, Ko was able to keep his hitting streak alive, now at six games.
Carolyn Quebe, Senior, Plano, Texas, 1,500m
As a senior, Carolyn Quebe ran a lifetime-best and a regional qualifying time of 4:27.34 at the Mt. SAC Relays on Friday. Quebe won her heat of 12 runners and now ranks as the top 1,500-meter runner in the MWC. Her time ranks as the No. 14 time in the West according to TrackShark.com.
Keith Jensen, Junior, Coppell, Texas, 800m
Indoor All-American Keith Jensen ran a regional qualifying time of 1:49.75 in the 800 meters at the Mt. Sac Relays. Jensen ran the fastest time of three sections on Friday. He ranks as the No. 24 800-meter runner in the nation according to TrackShark.com and second in the MWC.