Hayley Jensen led the BYU gymnastics team in two events last weekend at NCAA Regionals. (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.
Hayley Jensen -- Gymnastics -- Junior -- Colorado Spring, Colo.
Hayley Jensen contributed to the BYU gymnastics team's overall 194.325 last weekend at the NCAA Regional Meet. With a remarkable 9.850 performance on beam, Jensen tied for sixth place on the event. That mark was a career high for the junior.Jensen also led the Cougars on floor exercises with a 9.775.
Trent Sorensen -- Men's Volleyball -- Senior -- Trent Sorensen
Sorensen stepped up offensively and defensively in back-to-back sweeps against USC last weekend. He recorded 17 kills on 24 swings with only one attack error all weekend to hit .667 between the two matches. He also tallied two service aces, one solo block, and 14 block assists. Saturday night he had nine kills on 12 swings, no attack errors, and 10 block assists in only three sets of play as BYU clinched the No. 2 seed in the MPSF playoffs.
Kasey Ko -- Baseball -- Junior -- Kaneohe, Hawai`i
Kasey Ko smashed a grand slam to give BYU its first lead of an 11-7 victory Saturday afternoon over Washington. Ko's slam put BYU up 8-6 in the six-run eighth inning and snapped a three-game skid for BYU as it improved its record to 15-20. The Hawaiian junior's blast was one of three over the fence for the Cougars. Ko is one of only three who have hit homers this season at home for BYU.
Anastasia Surkova -- Women's Tennis -- Senior -- Moscow, Russia
No. 65 Anastasia Surkova pulled a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 upset over TCU's No. 63 Nina Munch-Soegaard, to record the Cougars' lone win of the day on Friday. On Saturday against New Mexico, seniors Surkova and Jennifer Miccoli cruised to an easy 8-2 win over Ola Abou-Zekry and Lucy Scott at the No. 1 position. In singles on court one, it was a battle between two ranked players, as No. 123 Abou-Zekry upset No. 65 Surkova in a tough three-set match (6-3, 2-6, 6-3).
Daniel Hwang -- Men's Tennis -- Freshman -- Plano, Texas
The BYU men's tennis team pulled out a close 4-3 upset over No. 54 San Diego State on Thursday as freshman Daniel Hwang posted a tough 6-4, 6-4 win over Andre Feliz on court five to clinch the overall victory for the Cougars. Together with Thomas Shubert, Hwang also recorded a doubles win against the Aztecs. Against Utah on Saturday, Hwang remained undefeated on the day with his decisive 6-2, 6-1 win over John Taylor. His win tied the match up at 2-2. Hwang and Shubert posted an 8-6 doubles win earlier in the match, helping the Cougars secure the doubles point.
Natalia Jimenez -- Women's Golf -- Junior -- Bogota, Colombia
Junior Natalia Jimenez had her first collegiate victory on Saturday,
April 12 at the Roar-EE Invitational in Mamoroneck, N.Y. Jimenez lead
the Cougars throughout the tournament and won the individual
competition with an overall score of 229 at 16-over-par. The Roar-
EE Invitational, hosted by Columbia University, was a 14-team
tournament featuring several Ivy League schools, including Harvard,
Yale and Princeton.
Angeline Quiocho -- Softball -- Sophomore -- Walnut, Calif.
Quiocho, who was named MWC player of the week, carried the Cougars to a 1-0 victory over nationally-ranked San Diego State. The sophomore hit a game-winning home run in the top of the ninth inning, recording the only run of the game. In BYU's six wins last week, Quiocho managed a hit in all six, carrying a .500 batting average. She had three multiple-hit games, including two home runs on the week. In 18 at-bats, Quiocho earned nine hits, six runs and four RBI.
Christina Gwyn-Trice -- Softball -- Senior -- Keller, Texas
Gwyn-Trice, who was named MWC co-pitcher of the week, was the winning pitcher in BYU's no-hitter against Southern Utah. It marked the team's first no-hitter of the season. She faced 13 batters over the weekend, striking out five and walking only two. Against San Diego State, she threw a complete nine innings without giving up a run. She allowed five hits, compared to nine strikeouts and only one walk. During her three appearances of the week, she gave up two earned runs in a combined 18.1 innings.