(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.
Jake Wortham -- Baseball -- Junior -- Allen, Texas
Wortham evened his record at 3-3, retiring 14 straight before surrendering a double in the ninth inning as the Cougars snapped a five-game losing streak in a 22-0 victory on Friday at the Air Force Academy. He recorded nine strikeouts, no walks and retired the side in order in the third, fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings. BYU Coach Vance Law said: "We were struggling more on the mound than any place. For Jake to throw a shutout in these conditions and not fall behind was good and it was the best game he has had all year."
Robbie Fillmore -- Men's Golf -- Sophomore -- Salt Lake City, Utah
Robbie achieved a season high finish at the Mountain West Conference Championships April 24-26 in Tucson, AZ. He shot a 72-69-71--212 (-1), to finish tied for 2nd place at the tournament. He was named to the 2008 MWC All-Conference Team for his strong performance at the championships and throughout the season.
Thomas Shubert -- Men's Tennis -- Freshman -- Honolulu, Hawaii
After being named Mountain West Conference Freshman Player of the
Year, Thomas Shubert helped the Cougars upset No. 74 UNLV 4-2 in the
quarterfinal round at the conference tournament. The freshman posted a
6-1, 7-6(4) win over Wes Burrows at the No. 2 position. In doubles,
Shubert and Daniel Hwang recorded an 8-3 win to help clinch the
doubles point for the Cougars.
Russell Holmes and Ivan Perez -- Men's Volleyball -- Seniors
The American Volleyball Coaches Association announced its 2008 AVCA Division I-II Men's Volleyball All-America Teams Monday, and BYU seniors Russell Holmes and Ivan Perez were each awarded their third All-America honor in a row.
Holmes, a middle blocker from Fountain Valley, Calif., was recognized as First-Team All-America for the first time after earning Second-Team All-America accolades in 2006 and 2007. He was among the nation's best in both attack percentage and blocking average and was named to the All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation First Team at the end of regular-season play.
Perez is an outside hitter from Mayguez, Puerto Rico who earned Second-Team All-America honors after receiving First-Team recognition in 2007 and Second-Team recognition in 2005. He was among national statistical leaders in points per game, kills, and digs. Perez was named to the All-MPSF First Team along with Holmes and was also named to the 2008 MPSF All-Tournament Team.