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.
Kristina Doerr, Women's Tennis - Freshman; Alpine, Utah
Freshman Kristina Doerr from Alpine, Utah is the women's tennis Player of the Week. She graduated from high school early to join the Cougar squad and has contributed in a major role to the Cougars' successful spring season. Her record this spring is 7-8 in singles and 10-2 in doubles.
Kylee Draper, Gymnastics - Junior; Payson, Utah
The junior co-captain tied a career-best 9.875 to help lead BYU to its highest bars score of the season at 49.000. Draper also tumbled a new career-high mark on floor at 9.850 to help the Cougars top the Wildcats and Thunderbirds Friday night.
Katie Fellows, Women's Soccer - Junior; Sandy, Utah
Katie Fellows scored both goals to defeat the U-20 National Team on Saturday 2-0. The win brings the Cougars to a 7-0 spring season.
"Fellows had an outstanding game on Saturday," said head coach Jennifer Rockwood. "She had an offensive presence and continued to be a threat throughout the entire game. She has made solid progress over the spring season and will continue to be a scoring threat each time she steps on the field."
Cassidy Mears, Men's Tennis - Freshman; Kansas City, Kan.
Freshman Cassidy Mears from Kansas City, Kansas is the men's tennis Player of the Week. Cassidy is the only Cougar to win both doubles matches and both singles matches against No. 19 Boise State and No. 61 Stanford on March 22 and 26, respectively. Mears currently holds a 9-4 singles record and an 8-7 doubles record in his first season with the team.
Apana Nakayama, Baseball - Senior; Kaunakakai, Hawai`i
Apana Nakayama hit a 440-foot blast to centerfield in the first of two homers at Utah in the Utes' first game at Franklin Covey Field. In BYU's 12-11 victory on Friday over TCU, he hit a one-out homer to centerfield to pull BYU back to a 5-3 deficit in the third. He was intentionally walked in the seventh inning on four straight balls and walked in the ninth on full count in last Thursday's 6-5 loss to TCU. In that Thursday game he hit a hard two-out double down the rightfield line which led to two runs and a 4-0 lead that fifth inning. He has a four-game current hitting streak. For the week he batted .545, .643 on base percentage and a slugging of 1.455 with a team-leading 16 total bases and raised his batting average from .305 to .333. He was scheduled to start last Saturday's game, but was scratched after batting practice with a knee strain from a collision in the first inning of Friday's game with TCU.
Dayna Smart, Gymnastics - Junior; Sandy, Utah
Dayna Smart recorded the second-highest floor score in school history with a 9.975 (only Brogan Jacobsen's perfect 10 in 2003 is higher) and tied a career-best 9.900 on vault to lead the Cougars to a season-high 195.675. Her floor mark helped lead BYU to a 49.450 outing on floor, its best mark since the 2005 season.
The Sandy, Utah, native also led the team on beam with a 9.800 to help the Cougars come away with the tri meet win over then No. 14 Arizona and in-state rival Southern Utah.
Trent Sorenson, Men's Volleyball - Junior; Palmdale, Calif.
Trent Sorensen became the fifth different BYU volleyball player to earn a weekly award as he was named co-Molten/MPSF Player of the Week for his performance last weekend against Cal State Northridge.
Sorensen had a career weekend where he tallied 22 kills (3.14 kpg) on 26 attempts and no errors for an .846 hitting percentage. Sorensen came off the bench in Friday evening's match against Cal State Northridge to play in three of the four games. After coming off the bench in the first two games, Sorensen started the final two. In three games, Sorensen found the court on six of his seven swings for an .857 hitting percentage. He added three block assists and an assist on the day.
Sorensen's good play carried over to Saturday evening's match. He started--and went the distance--in all four games, destroying his previous career-high in kills. Sorensen knocked down 16 kills on 19 attempts (.842). The .842 hitting percentage in the second best mark posted by a BYU attacker this season. Sorensen added two blocks and four digs on the match.
Sorensen's .846 hitting percentage for the week marks the best weekly performance for a BYU attacker this season. His .842 hitting performance ranks fifth all-time in school history in a single match. His 16 kills and .842 hitting percentage are both team season highs for a BYU middle blocker.
Michelle Turner, Women's Track and Field - Junior; Orem, Utah
Michelle Turner turned in her best time of the season in the mile as well as the best time in the conference. Her mark of 4:24.41 is almost a second faster than teammate Amy Fowler who has the second fastest time in the conference. Turner is normally an 800 runner, and went to the NCAA National meet in the 800 meters last season. Turner has proven she is versatile and a tough competitor.
Victor Weirich, Men's Track and Field - Freshman; Fredericksburg, Texas
Victor Weirich took second place at the Cliff Bar Invitational in his first collegiate outdoor meet. Weirich cleared 16 feet 10.75 inches for his career best jump. During the indoor season Weirich finished fourth in the MWC championships, and had a season best jump of 16 feet 7.75. He leads to conference in the pole vault and is one of two vaulters in the MWC to qualify for regionals so far.