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.
Niklas Arrhenius, Men's Track and Field - Senior; Orem, Utah
All-American Niklas Arrhenius won the shot put at Weber State University with a new season-best throw of 19.22 meters (63 feet .75 inches). Arrhenius' throw was good enough to rank fifth on the All-Time MWC Indoor list and he is currently ranked fifth in the nation in the event. Arrhenius already holds the third spot on the MWC All-Time list, and his throw ranks among the ten best throws in BYU history. Arrhenius leads the MWC in the shot put going into the MWC Championships.
Yosleyder Cala, Men's Volleyball - Sophomore; Ciego Avila, Cuba
Cala led BYU in kills and hitting percentage in Thursday and Saturday's matches against Pepperdine last weekend. Cala tallied 20 kills while hitting .545 against the Waves Thursday before following his effort up with a 17-kill, .324 hitting performance in Saturday's match.
Dolly Chang, Women's Tennis - Junior; Taipei, Taiwan
Junior Dolly Chang from Taipei, Taiwan won two singles and two doubles matches against Kansas and Kansas State (No. 63) last weekend and is now on a four match win streak in singles competition. The first two wins came in matches against players from then No. 18 Clemson and No. 12 Virginia Commonwealth. Her record this season is currently 5-3 and 12-5 dating back to the fall season.
Tipaleli Fotu, Women's Track and Field - Junior; Pleasant Grove, Utah
Tipaleli Fotu had a great meet this week at New Mexico leading up to the indoor MWC Championships. She crushed her previous best weight throw of 17.56 meters (57 feet 7.50 inches) with her toss of 18.83 meters (61 feet 9.5 inches) winning the event. She is only .17 meters from provisionally qualifying for nationals and less than a foot from leading MWC weight thrower Shannon Popp of Wyoming.
Mallary Gillespie, Women's Basketball - Junior; Vineyard, Utah
Mallary Gillespie scored in double figures for the 16th time this season with a team, game, season and career high 31 points vs. Wyoming in a pivotal road league win. With that double-digit score, Gillespie has scored in double figures in a total of 16 games, and the seventh against an MWC opponent. She's been the team's scoring leader in 10 of 12 eight league games, including the 31 at Wyoming. Of the season/game/career high 31 points, five or (15) points were from behind the arc. She has the best three-point percentage on the BYU team in league games with a .367 (33-90) shooting percentage. At Wyoming she was .714 (5-7) from three-point land. At the free throw line in that game she was .857 (6-7).
Emi Snow, Softball - Junior; Mililani, Hawaii
Mountain West Conference softball player of the week Emi Snow hit .294 and drove in six RBI while posting a .824 slugging percentage at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic. Snow's two home runs and three doubles led the Cougars to three straight victories. Against Cal Poly on Saturday, Snow had Cortney Nix-Clark and Tracee Hoch on base and the junior hit one out of the park giving BYU a 5-1 lead heading into the fourth inning. Snow sent her second multi-run homer of the day into orbit against Illinois, putting BYU ahead 3-2. Snow also posted a 1.000 fielding percentage throughout the tournament.
J.D. Stambaugh, Baseball - Sophomore; Collierville, Tenn.
Southpaw J.D. Stambaugh struck out the first four batters he faced last Saturday at the University of Portland, coming in relief in the seventh inning with the score 4-3 and a man on first. The runner on first was picked off by the catcher. In the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, it was three-up, three-down for Portland, aided by a 6-4-3 doubleplay in the ninth which erased the batter who led off that inning with a single.
Stambaugh, who returned prior to the school year from a two-year mission to Idaho, now has four saves as a collegian, two of which have come this season in consecutive weeks. This week he is with the Cougars playing in his native state of Tennessee in the Service Academy Spring Classic in games against Memphis, Missouri and Akron, Thursday through Saturday.
Lisa Willis, Gymnastics - Senior; Albuquerque, NM
The redshirt senior was instrumental in helping the No. 19 BYU gymnasts better Southeast Missouri State on all four apparatuses en route to a victory over the Redhawks Saturday afternoon in Missouri.
The Albuquerque, N.M., native recorded a career-best 9.875 on balance beam to help the Cougars to a 49.050, their second-highest score of the season on the event. She also posted season-high 9.725s on both bars and floor to take second-place honors on each event.
Keena Young, Men's Basketball - Senior; Beaumont, Texas
A 6-foot-6 senior forward from Beaumont, Texas, Keena Young recorded game highs of 23 points and nine rebounds while equaling a season-high three assists in BYU's 96-83 win over New Mexico in the Marriott Center. Young shot 68.8 percent (11-of-16) from the floor to help BYU dominate inside with a season-high 58 points in the paint and a 58-22 scoring advantage from the interior. His nine boards led BYU to a 41-27 rebounding advantage while his 11 field goals tied the most shots he has made in a game during his three-year Cougar career. He also added one of the game's three steals to tie for game-high honors in that category.
Young's 12 points before halftime helped BYU tie a season high of 51 first-half points and earn a 10-point lead entering the break. It was the sixth time this year Young has reached double digits before the break, including the last three games. Young's 23-point overall effort resulted in his 22nd double-digit scoring game of the year and his eighth outing with 20 or more points. The game also marked the 11th time this year he has led the team in scoring and the ninth time he has been the team's top rebounder. With the win, BYU stayed atop the MWC standings and improved its homecourt victory streak to 29 games.