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.
Amy Fowler, Women's Track and Field - Sophomore; Austin, Texas
Amy Fowler posted season best times as well as the second fastest times in the Nation. Fowler posted the second fastest time in the nation in the 3000-meter steeplechase at 10:05.60, also setting a personal best in the event by three seconds.
Chandler Goodwin, Men's Track and Field - Junior; Orem, Utah
In his first competition in the steeplechase since competing at nationals last year, Chandler Goodwin set a new personal record with a time of 8:45.01. His time is the fourth fastest time in the nation. He beat his personal best by more than five seconds. Goodwin Currently leads the Mountain West Conference in the event.
Chip Hand, Men's Tennis - Senior; Placentia, Calif.
Senior Chip Hand from Placentia California is on a nine-match winning streak on his way to a team-best 15-6 singles record in the top half of the lineup. He recently moved to the no. 2 spot to record his 15th win. The biggest win of the streak was a victory over No. 85 Milan Mihailovic of Texas. Six of the wins have come against ranked teams and BYU coach Brad Pearce has called Hand the "solid work horse" of the team.
Russell Holmes, Men's Volleyball - Junior; Fountain Valley, Calif.
BYU's team captain Russell Holmes had a record-breaking weekend for the Cougars. On Friday evening, Holmes set a new career-high with 16 kills on 23 swings while only committing one error (.652 hitting percentage). The 16 kills are one better than his previous personal best of 15 set last season.
Holmes also tied a career high for block solos in a match with 4. Four block solos is just one shy of the BYU record for solo blocks. He currently leads the nation in solo blocks and broke a BYU school record for block solos in a season. Holmes currently has 24 which is two more than former BYU four-time All-American and current co-head coach Ryan Millar's previous record of 22 set in the Cougars' 30-1 1999 National Championship season. Impressively, Holmes' record of 24 solo blocks was set in his 22nd game.
Holmes finished the week with 21 kills (3.00 KPG), 10 total blocks, including four solos (1.43 BPG), one service ace five digs and 29.0 total points.
Hayley Jensen, Gymnastics - Sophomore; Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Academic All-American recorded a pair of career-high scores on vault and beam to help the No. 23 BYU gymnastics team to a 194.600 performance Friday night against No. 7 Utah and gain a No. 4 seed for regional competition in two weeks.
Jensen started off her night against the Utes by tying a career-best 9.800 on vault in just the second time this season she has competed on the event. Her mark was the Cougars' second-highest mark on the event. Later that night, as the team was enduring a difficult outing on balance beam Jensen came through with a career-high 9.800.
Whitney McDonald, Women's Track and Field - Sophomore; Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Whitney McDonald posted season best times as well as the second fastest times in the Nation. McDonald ran a 33:06.23 in her first race since the Indoor National Championships. She surpassed her previous best mark by more than two minutes.
Emi Snow, Softball - Junior; Mililani, Hawaii
Emi Snow recorded a hit five out of the six times she went to bat this weekend for a phenomenal .833 average. The junior from Mililani, Hawaii led the Cougars with four RBI and 12 total bases in their home series against Idaho State. On Friday, with BYU and Idaho State tied at one apiece in the bottom of the seventh, Snow swatted a walk-off two-run homer that cleared the right field wall and smacked the scoreboard. The blast put Snow in a first-place tie with Jodi Norton for team-high home run honors (8). Snow was also responsible for each of BYU's three runs against the Bengals on Friday. Saturday, Snow went a perfect 3-for-3, including an RBI-single that put the Cougars ahead 5-0 in the early going. Defensively, Snow fielded 1.000 on the weekend.
Anastasia Surkova, Women's Tennis - Junior; Moscow, Russia
Junior Anastasia Surkova from Moscow, Russia won three matches at No. 1 singles in MWC play last weekend, giving up a total of six games in six sets. She has won five matches in a row and 12 of her last 13 to accumulate a 14-5 record on the season. She has also won 11 doubles matches in a row at no. 1 with fellow junior Jenny Miccoli. Her match against Emily Kirchem was a rematch from the quarterfinals of the BYU Invitational in September where Surkova lost in three sets; it was also her only loss of the fall, not including a default of a match on a Sunday. Surkova made quick work of Kirchem on Kirchem's home courts with a 6-1, 6-2 win.
Jake Wortham, Baseball - Sophomore; Allen, Texas
In the first and fourth innings Jake Wortham retired the side in order in a 15-0 victory over Binghamton. He was the starter and left the game after six innings with a 13-0 lead. His first three strikeouts were off of batters swinging. In the second inning with two out, the next two batters got hits, then he struck out the No. 8 batter on a full count, swinging. He got out of a jam in the fifth inning when he fielded a bunt by the lead-off batter with one out and threw the lead runner out at third. He lowered his ERA from 5.11 to 4.40 and improved his record to 4-3.