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.
Katie Fellows, Women's Soccer - Sophomore; Sandy, Utah
Katie Fellows had an impressive offensive performance this past Saturday, as the
women's soccer team went 5-0 in their annual Indoor Invitational. Fellows
scored three goals and had two assists on the day. She also led the team
with 15 shots. The Cougars had wins over Dixie (2 games), UVSC, and Weber
State (2 games).
James Ludlow, Men's Tennis - Senior; Salt Lake City, Utah
James Ludlow defeated No. 19, Adam Holstrom of University of Denver Friday. Holmstrom is the highest ranked player that Ludlow has defeated in his career. Ludlow and Kaufhold also gave the No. 40 doubles team in the nation a very difficult match in No. 1 doubles.
Whitney McDonald, Women's Track and Field - Sophomore; Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Distance runner, Whitney McDonald, is the new record holder for the 5000 meters for the MWC Indoor Meet. McDonald ran a great race in a time of 16: 35.81, lapping most of the field, and was excited about her performance. Every time she would pass distance coach Patrick Shane to get an update of her pace, she would grin from ear to ear. As she continued through the race and gained confidence, her grin got bigger. She is currently ranked sixth in the nation in the 5000 meters and will be competing at nationals. This is an amazing event as only a year ago she was not competing because of medical reasons.
David Pendergrass, Men's Track and Field - Senior; Spokane, Wash.
Pendergrass, the reigning MWC Champion in the High jump, tied the record for the MWC Indoor meet at 7 feet 1 inch. He has won three of his last three indoor conference championships. He was second his freshman season only to teammate Ammon Dahl. He is also the reigning outdoor champion in the high jump. He is undefeated in the outdoor MWC championships.
Ivan Perez, Men's Volleyball - Junior; Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Ivan Perez had a dominating week from the outside for BYU. The Cougars beat Hawaii in four on Friday and completed a three-set sweep against the Warriors Saturday. In Friday's match, Perez had a personal season-best 23 kills while hitting .529 (23-5-34). The 23 kills are just two shy of a career-high. Perez also added eight digs and two block assists along with a service ace. The 23 kills in just four sets was good for 5.75 kills per game. He reached 23 kills midway through the fourth game but didn't get a swing in the final 15 points of the match. Perez's hitting percentage helped BYU to a .455 team percentage Friday night.
On Saturday, Perez followed his Friday performance with a team-leading 15 kills while hitting a team-best .400 (15-5-25). Perez added four digs and another personal season-best six block assists.
Overall, Perez knocked down 38 kills in seven games (5.43 KPG) while hitting .475 for the weekend. Perez averaged 1.71 digs per game with 12 digs and 1.14 blocks per game with eight total blocks--good for second on the team. Perez was the top point contributor for the Cougars, scoring 43.0 points (6.14 points per game).
Anastasia Surkova, Women's Tennis - Junior; Moscow, Russia
Surkova (6-4 in the spring; 16-5 on the year) has won her last four singles matches and her last four doubles matches in the Cougars' four-match win streak. In singles competition, she has won every match in straight sets and only given up four games in a set once. She has given up a total of 14 games in the eight sets she has played. Three of the four matches were against players from nationally ranked teams and she played all of those matches at the No. 2 position. She also played No. 1 doubles with Jenny Miccoli in each of those matches and currently has a 6-3 doubles record with the three losses coming against duos from teams ranked in the top 15 in the nation.
Jake Wortham, Baseball - Sophomore; Allen, Texas
In the Service Academies Classic in Millington, Tenn., Jake Wortham kept BYU in the Missouri game, throwing 109 pitches in tossing a two-hitter in nine innings, retiring 19 consecutive batters, including seven strikeouts, and giving up only two hits. In the fifth inning the sophomore southpaw threw only six pitches in one of his eight innings when he retired Mizzou in order. He coaxed all three Tigers in the seventh inning to fly out to center field.
Wortham, who evened his record at 1-1 (now has a 2.70 ERA and has struck out 11 in 13.1 innings), forced extra innings when he struck out the side in the ninth.
"Wortham had one of the best pitching performances I've seen in the last few years," said BYU Coach Vance Law. "He was always ahead of the hitters. His breaking ball was always in for strikes. He had excellent command."
Wortham was named to the all-tournament team and was named Mountain West Conference Pitcher of the Week for this performance.
Dani Wright, Women's Basketball - Senior; Lawrenceville, Ga.
Dani Wright scored in double figures in both games this week for a total of 20 games this season where she has scored in double digits, including 12 of 14 league games. Wright picked up a new season and career high 30 points in the game at UNLV on 02/21/07. She led all points scored in that game as well. In that same game she was .786 (11-14) from the free throw line.
Against SDSU she was second on the team in scoring with the 15 points and led the team and game in blocks with three.
Wright also leads the team in scoring and rebounding in all games and in conference games with 14.3 and 15.6 points respectively. In the rebound category she grabs 6.9 and 7.3 in rebounds per game. She has been the leading scorer in 13 games including seven league games. And, she has topped the list in rebounds in 11 games. Of those seven were also conference contests. On the team she ranks second in blocks.
Keena Young, Men's Basketball - Senior; Beaumont, Texas
A 6-foot-6 senior forward from Beaumont, Texas, Keena Young averaged 20 points on 57.1 percent shooting from the floor and 80 percent accuracy from the line while adding 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in BYU's two games last week. He led the Cougars in scoring for the week. He scored a game-high 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting and pulled down a team-leading six rebounds with one assist to lead BYU in a home win over Colorado State Wednesday. He added 16 points, two assists and one rebound in defeat at San Diego State Saturday.