Ivan Perez was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Molten Player of the Week Monday for his performance against No. 6 Cal State Northridge last weekend. (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.
Ivan Perez -- Men's Volleyball -- Senior -- Puerto Rico
Senior outside hitter Ivan Perez was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Molten Player of the Week Monday for his efforts against No. 6 Cal State Northridge Friday and Saturday.
Perez, a native of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, recorded 41 kills in two wins against CSUN, including a double-double (20 kills, 10 digs) on Friday. He hit .365 on the weekend and had 46 total points. He has recorded 20+ kills in five of the seven matches in which he has participated and consistently hit over .325 with 30+ swings in helping the Cougars remain undefeated on the season.
BYU is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation with a perfect 9-0 overall record and 4-0 record in MPSF play. The team's next matches will be at UC Irvine Feb. 15-16 before returning home the following weekend to host Stanford.
Lee Cummard -- Men's Basketball -- Junior -- Mesa, Ariz.
Junior Lee Cummard led BYU to back-to-back road victories last week while scoring 23.0 points per game on 64.0 percent (16-of-25) shooting from the floor, 60.0 percent (6-of-10) accuracy from three-point range and an 88.9 percent (8-of-9) conversion rate at the free-throw line. The 6-foot-7 swingman was not only extremely accurate on his wide range of shot attempts but also equally effective in nearly every other statistical category, contributing 8.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.5 blocks per game in BYU wins at Air Force and Wyoming.
Cummard scored a game-high 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including 3-for-4 accuracy from long range, to lead BYU to victory at Wyoming on Saturday. He also made 6-of-7 free-throw attempts while contributing eight rebounds, two assists and one steal against the Cowboys. He scored seven straight points during a 10-0 BYU run spanning the half that helped the Cougars turn a three-point deficit into a seven-point advantage. His 13 second-half points helped BYU stay in front the rest of the way for the win.
The Mesa, Ariz., native scored 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting to help BYU hand Air Force its lone league loss in Clune Arena on Wednesday. He connected three times from behind the arc on six attempts while added a game-high five assists along with eight rebounds, one block and one steal in the victory. He scored 10 points to pace the Cougars in the first half and followed with 11 second-half points to help stave off several Falcon rallies.
Chelsi Petersen -- Women's Track and Field -- Freshman -- St. George, Utah
Chelsi Petersen won the long jump at the Air Force Invitational on Saturday, jumping a lifetime best of 19-04.00.
Petersen's leap was six inches farther than any of the other 18 competitors in the event. The mark is tied for the second longest so far this season in the Mountain West Conference.
Petersen also participated in the heptathon on Friday, placing fourth overall with 3,269 total points.
Carlee Clark-Platt -- Women's Track and Field -- Senior -- Bozeman, Mont.
Carlee Clark-Platt was .28 seconds away from setting a national provisional mark in the 800-meter run at the University of Washington Invitational on Saturday. Her time of 2:09.28 is the fastest in the conference so far this season.
Clark-Platt was also part of the distance medley relay team that set a national provisional mark of 11:16.24. Last season, Clark-Platt broke the MWC Indoor Championship record and Albuquerque Convention Center record in the 800 meters with her time of 2:09.43 and was part of the MWC Indoor Championship and Albuquerque Convention Center record-setting distance medley relay team that finished in 11:37.96 at the MWC Indoor Championships.
Kyle Perry -- Men's Track and Field -- Junior -- Sandy, Utah
Kyle Perry set the second-fastest mile time in the nation so far this season for collegiate runners at the UW Invitational. Perry's time of 3:59.16 automatically qualifies him for nationals and marks the second fastest indoor mile time in MWC history. Perry is only the second Cougar to ever break the four-minute barrier indoors. Eight-time All-American Doug Padilla ran a 3:56.6 in 1981 when he was also the two-mile national champion.
Robert Low -- Men's Track and Field -- Junior -- Provo, Utah
Robert Low vaulted 17-07.00 at the Air Force Invitational on Saturday, tying him with Air Force vaulter Nicolas Frawley with the highest mark in the MWC this season. Low's lifetime-best mark places him as the third-best vaulter in the nation. Last year, Low finished third in the conference indoor meet and second in the conference outdoor meet.