Lee Cummard scored a game-high 19 points to lead BYU to victory at Utah on Saturday. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/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.
Lee Cummard -- Men's Basketball -- Junior -- Mesa, Ariz.
Junior guard Lee Cummard helped BYU achieve a split of two tough conference road games last week with a win at Utah Saturday after a Tuesday loss at UNLV. Cummard averaged 15.0 points to lead the Cougars while adding 7.0 rebounds, second on the team. The 6-foot-7 Mesa, Arizona, native extended his string of consecutive free-throw makes to 21 with a 9-for-9 week at the line. His 21 straight conversions at the line is a new career best, topping the streak of 19 consecutive set earlier this season.
Cummard scored a game-high 19 points and led BYU on the glass while sharing game-high rebounding honors with nine boards in the Cougars' 55-52 road win at Utah Saturday. He scored 11 points in 14 first-half minutes, including a 5-for-5 effort at the line, to help BYU take a three-point lead into the break. It marked the sixth time this year he has reached double-digit points in the first period of play. Finishing the game 7-for-7 at the charity stripe, Cummard's final two attempts were clutch as he converted both pitches after grabbing a key defensive rebound with BYU holding a single-point advantage with just 3 seconds remaining. He added two steals in the second half to help BYU's defense hold Utah to its lowest scoring output of the season. On Tuesday, Cummard was the only Cougar to score in double figures at UNLV, totaling 11 points while adding five rebounds.
Ivan Perez -- Men's Volleyball -- Senior --Puerto Rico
Perez rejoined the BYU team this weekend after playing with his national team in Puerto Rico in Olympic qualifying tournaments. In two matches and a total of nine games, Perez recorded 42 kills and only eight errors on 72 swings for a hitting percentage of .472. He also averaged almost two digs per game with six total blocks. BYU won matches on the road against No. 10 IPFW in four games and Lewis in five games thanks in large part to Perez' attack.
Cassidy Mears -- Men's Tennis -- Sophomore -- Kansas City, Kan.
The No. 68 Cougar men (3-0) defeated the Eagles, 4-3, after a decisive 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 match between sophomore Cassidy Mears and EWU's Nico Riego de Dios. After losing the first set, Mears battled back to win the following two sets, giving BYU its fourth point to win the match.
Anastasia Surkova -- Women's Tennis -- Senior -- Russia
Against Utah State, seniors Anastasia Surkova and Jennifer Miccoli competed together for the first time since the 2007 season, easily defeating the Utah State duo of Brianna Harris and Bridgette Strickland (8-2). Surkova continued her success, scoring BYU's first singles point after a 6-0, 6-0 victory against Hailey Swenson. While playing No. 53 Arkansas, Surkova and Miccoli won their second doubles match in as many days, defeating Ela Kaluder and Aurelija Miseviciute, the No.12 ranked duo in the country.
Matt Weirich -- Men's Track and Field -- Senior -- Fredericksburg, Texas
Weirich set a national provisional mark of 17-00.75 in the pole vault at the Lumberjack Indoor Invitational in Flagstaff, Ariz. Last year, Weirich cleared 17-05.00 at the West Regionals, good for fourth place. He also placed fifth at the Mountain West Conference Championships and competed in the NCAA Championships.
Kevin Beisinger-- Men's Track and Field -- Sophomore -- South Jordan, Utah
Beisinger placed second in the 400 meters, third in the 200 meters and anchored the victorious 4x400 team at the Lumberjack Indoor Invitational. He ran a 48.22 in the 400 meters, a 22.25 in the 20 meters and his 4x400 team ran a 3:19.58.
Kindy Longmore -- Women's Track and Field -- Sophomore -- Iona, Idaho
Longmore competed in the 200 meters and 60 meters at the Lumberjack Indoor Invitational, finishing second in the 200 meters with a time of 25.28 and seventh in the 60 meters with a time of 7.84. Longmore sliced close to a whole second off her career best mark from last season in the 200 meters and broke her previous 60-meter record by .13 seconds.
Natasha Menezes -- Women's Swimming -- Sophomore -- Centennial, Colo.
Natasha Menezes helped the Cougars keep their MWC unblemished with a win over CSU last week. Menezes won every event that she entered. She recorded first-place finishes in the 1000 and 500 free races against the Rams with time of 10:19.95 and 5:02.15, respectively. Menezes is also currently has the best times in the MWC in those two events. She also helped BYU's 400 free relay team touch the wall first against CSU as she swam the fastest leg to help her team finish with an overall time of 3:32.67.