Top Performers of the Week: March 3 - March 8

Holmes tallied 13 blocks in seven sets in addition to his 22 kills this weekend against Pepperdine. (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.

Russell Holmes -- Men's Volleyball -- Senior -- Fountain Valley, California

Holmes led the defensive charge in a weekend sweep against No. 5 Pepperdine last weekend as the Cougars accomplished the feat for the first time since the 1999 National Championship season. Holmes tallied 13 blocks in seven sets in addition to his 22 kills on a .559 attack percentage for the weekend. He also recorded one service ace in the two matches. Not only did he earn the 13 blocks on the weekend, but he anchored a Cougar block that forced 42 attack errors in seven sets.

Jonathan Tavernari -- Men's Basketball -- Junior -- Brazil

Junior forward Jonathan Tavernari averaged a team-best 17.5 points and 3.5 steals last week and set BYU and MWC records for three-pointers while helping the Cougars win the 2008 Mountain West Conference regular-season title. The Sao Bernardo, Brazil, native added 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists without committing a turnover in BYU's wins over Wyoming and TCU. He made six treys on a team-leading 46.2 percent (6-of-13) three-point shooting to become BYU's single-season three-point record-holder (78) and set a new standard for triples by MWC sophomores.

Helping BYU secure the MWC regular-season title outright with a win over Wyoming on Wednesday, Tavernari scored 18 points and had a career-high five steals along with five rebounds and two assists. He made his first four shots from the field and first three treys to help BYU get off to a strong start against the Cowboys. His first triple of the game set the new MWC mark for sophomores (previously set by Utah's Nick Jacobsen in 2001-02) and his third three at the 12:07 mark in the first half set the all-time BYU single-season record. He finished the game with four treys and 76 for the season.

Tavernari added his 77th and 78th threes of the year while scoring a game-high 17 points in BYU's road win at TCU on Saturday. He added four rebounds, two assists, two steals and one blocked shot to help the Cougars achieve an MWC record with its 14th conference win and tie MWC for conference road wins (6) and overall road wins (8).

Megan Donehue -- Gymnastics -- Sophomore -- Bountiful, Utah

Sophomore Megan Donehue topped the squad for the second meet in a row posting 9.825 on the apparatus.Sophomore Megan Donehue topped the squad for the second meet in a row posting 9.825 on the apparatus.

A.J. Young -- Men's Tennis -- Freshman -- Orem, Utah

A. J. Young made huge contributions on Friday as the Cougars hosted a tough doubleheader against Cal Poly and Montana State. Tied 3-3 against Cal Poly, BYU's hopes rested on Young to clinch the win. The freshman dropped his first set against Alexander Sonesson, 6-2, but continued to battle, winning the following two sets and securing the 4-3 victory for BYU. After a short break, the Cougars were back in action against Montana State. Young was one of five Cougars who won their respective singles matches. His win came against David Kovas at the No. 6 position. With the wins, Young improves to 5-2 on the season.

Dan Vargas -- Baseball -- Junior -- San Diego, Calif.

Dan Vargas, a 6-0, junior shortstop from San Diego was named to the River City Classic all-tournament team. Vargas hit a seeing-eye single in the eighth inning Saturday to lift BYU to an 11-8 victory over UC Davis. Vargas also hit two doubles and a solo homer in BYU's finale against co-host Cal-Davis in the River City Classic. He was part of two double plays against UC-Davis and two more in the 11-6 victory over Pacific. He maintained his batting average at .367, batting .368 for the week with a slugging percentage of .737 with 3 RBI and 14 total bases.

Daniela Snow -- Softball -- Senior -- Corona, Calif

Senior Daniela Snow led the Cougars in all four games at the 2008 Aggie Classic. She maintained a .700 batting average throughout the tournament, going 7-for-10. The first baseman led the team with seven RBI on the weekend and 17 total bases. Snow belted three home runs during the weekend, one in BYU's only win of the weekend, and two solo-shots during the Cougars loss to Louisiana-Lafayette. The two-bomb game marks the second time in Snow's career to hit two homers in one game, and her first time this season. During BYU's first game Snow managed five RBI, a single-game career high and an individual season high for the Cougs. On the season Snow has seven home runs and maintains a .381 batting average with a perfect fielding percentage.

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