Top Performers of the Week: January 24 - 30

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.

Chris Carter, Track and Field - Sophomore; Roy, Utah

In his first meet of the season, Chris Carter ran his lifetime best in the 800 meters this weekend. He ran a blistering 1:51.64 to take first place in the heat. He is only two seconds from the provisional qualifying mark of 1:49.60. Chris Carter has also moved to the first place ranking in the Mountain West.

Sofia Holden, Women's Tennis - Senior; Mexico City

Sofia Holden is the BYU women's tennis player of the week after winning her doubles match with Lauren Jones 8-0 and her singles match 6-3, 6-0 in the Cougars' match against Washington State on Friday.

Russell Holmes, Men's Volleyball - Junior; Fountain Valley, Calif.

Reigning All-American and 2007 All-America candidate Russell Holmes has been named the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) National Player of the Week for his efforts at the Outrigger Hotels Invitational in Honolulu over the weekend.

Holmes led his team to two top-15 sweeps this weekend at the Outrigger Hotels Invitational at Hawai'i, as the Cougars' record improves to 8-0 to begin the 2007 season. Against then-No. 9 Penn State on Friday, Holmes planted 11 kills on 15 attempts, hitting .667. He also added two digs and six total blocks. The next night against then-No. 13 Loyola-Chicago, the Cougar captain tallied seven kills on 13 attempts, hitting .462, and added five total blocks.

For the tournament, Holmes averaged 3.0 kills, 1.83 blocks and 4.83 points per game, while hitting .571, a performance worthy of the Outrigger Invitational Most Outstanding Player.

Holmes' award marks the fifteenth time a BYU men's volleyball player has won the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II National Player of the Week award, the last coming in January of 2006 when Ivan Perez was honored.

Trent Plaisted, Men's Basketball - Sophomore; San Antonio, Texas

BYU sophomore Trent Plaisted was named the Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Co-Player of the Week. This is the second career weekly award for Plaisted.

Plaisted, a native of San Antonio, Texas, led BYU to a 2-0 conference record, including a road win at New Mexico (70-49) and an upset victory over No. 16 Air Force (61-52). At New Mexico, he scored 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the field, while also grabbing four rebounds, dishing out three assists and blocking one shot. Against the 16th-ranked Falcons, Plaisted scored a game-high 22 points (9-for-12 from the field) with seven rebounds (six offensive). With 34 seconds remaining in the game and the Cougars up by three points, he knocked down two free throws to put the game away. Plaisted also contributed one assist and one blocked shot. On the week, Plaisted averaged 16.5 points on 77.8 percent shooting from the field (14-for-18), 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.

Jonathan Sanchez, Men's Tennis - Junior; Fullerton, Calif.

Jonathan Sanchez is the BYU men's tennis player of the week. Sanchez went 1-1 in both singles in doubles in two days against UC Irvine and No. 4 UCLA. Sanchez played at the Nos. 4 and 5 positions in singles and Nos. 2 and 3 in doubles.