Top Performers of the Week: January 7 -- January 12

Thomas Shubert's performance playing at BYU's No.1 singles position helped his team defeat Utah State and Weber State on Friday (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.

Thomas Shubert - Men's Tennis - Freshman - Honolulu, Hawaii

Newcomer Thomas Shubert's performance playing at BYU's No.1 singles position helped his team defeat Utah State and Weber State on Friday in its spring season opener. Shubert recorded a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win over the Aggies' Jakob Asplund in the first match of the day. Following a win over Weber State with doubles partner Tom Young, the Honolulu native went on to post a win over Sascha Kiehne. With the win, Shubert helped contributed to the Cougars' hard-fought 4-3 victory over the Wildcats.

Trent Plaisted - Men's Basketball - Junior - San Antonio, Texas

Junior forward/center Trent Plaisted averaged 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in BYU's two games last week while shooting 56 percent (14-for-25) from the field. Plaisted's rebounding total paced the Cougars for the week while his scoring average was second on the team just behind Jonathan Tavernari.

The 6-foot-11 San Antonio, Texas, native scored a season-high 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting Saturday in BYU's win over Colorado State to share game-high scoring honors with Tavernari. Plaisted added five rebounds and two assists in his 21 minutes on the floor against the Rams. Despite picking up two early fouls, Plaisted began the game 5-for-5 from the floor to score 10 points in the first 12 minutes while helping BYU build a 25-10 lead. In the second half, he scored 14 points in 12 minutes, including four consecutive buckets for the Cougars to record eight points in less than two minutes.

Plaisted grabbed a game-best 10 rebounds in 23 minutes at Wake Forest Tuesday while adding eight points and one assist. His 10 boards against the Demon Deacons marks the fifth game this year he has pulled down double-digit rebounds and his 25 points against Colorado State is the fifth contest this season in which he has topped 20 points.

Andrew Stewart - Men's Volleyball - Sophomore - Sandy, Utah

Sophomore Andrew Stewart led BYU with 27 kills in two matches at UC San Diego on Friday and Saturday in the team's first two matches of the season. He recorded a .412 hitting percentage, nine digs, and six blocks between the two matches, including the match-winning block in the third game in a sweep on Saturday.

Kyle Perry - Track and Field - Junior - Sandy, Utah

Kyle Perry, in his first meet since the 2007 outdoor season, ran a blistering 3000-meter race at the Cougar Indoor Invitational, clocking a non altitude-adjusted time of 8:15.13.

Perry missed the cross country season, but trained on his own, and it appears his training was effective.

BYU coach Mark Robison agrees.

"Kyle has the potential to be one of the top distance runners in the nation this year," Robison said. "Considering this was his first race in a long time, I'm excited to see how this year is going to unfold."

The 6'5" junior from Sandy, Utah, destroyed his best previous indoor time of 8:31.26, set at the 2006 Mountain West Conference Indoor Championships.

Perry's altitude-adjusted time 8:4.43 puts him as a provisional qualifier for the indoor national meet.

Deezbaa Whaley - Track and Field - Freshman - Kayenta, Ariz.

Deezbaa Whaley, a true-freshman thrower from Kayenta, Ariz., competed in her first meet at BYU, placing first in the 20-pound throw at the Cougar Indoor Invitational.

With a mark of 52-4.75, Whaley proved that she is going to be a contender in the Mountain West Conference in the event.

"I was so impressed with the way Deezbaa performed," BYU throwing coach Dick Legas said. "She should have nothing but confidence as we move on in the season."

Jorge Azevedo - Men's Swimming - Senior - Guaratingueta, Brazil

Jorge Azevedo won three individual events and was a part of four first-place relay teams for BYU as they competed against TCU and the University of Washington. Azevedo won the 100 butterfly against both schools as he recorded time of 49.04 and 48.48 against the Horned Frogs and Huskies, respectively. He also touched the wall first in the 100 backstroke against UW with a time of 50.03. Another big contribution for BYU from Azevedo, came in the final event against UW -- the 400 freestyle relay -- as he swam the fastest leg of the winning group. This big performance in the 400 free relay came in a very close meet that was only won by eight points total.

Rachel Grant - Women's Swimming - Freshman - Walnut, Calif.

In this past week's dual meets versus TCU and SDSU, Rachel posted the best time in every event she entered. Possible the most impressive came in the 1000 freestyle, an event she competed in for the first time this season, as she recorded a time of 10:18.46, which was close to 30 seconds faster than the rest of the field. Grant finished with a time of 2:04.83 in the 200 butterfly and a time of 5:10.80 in the 500 free against the Aztecs. Also, Grant competed on two first-place winning relay teams.

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