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.
Chelsea Goodman, Women's Volleyball - Junior; Mesa, Ariz.
Cougar outside hitter Chelsea Goodman led BYU to two sweeps over the weekend, the Cougars' 11th and 12th three-game victories of the year, with wins over UNLV and San Diego State. Against the Rebels, she recorded her MWC-leading 13th double-double with 22 kills and 10 digs, the fourth time this season she has topped the 20-kill mark. Her 7.33 kills per game in the match came on .447 hitting. She followed that performance with a match-high 16 kills against the Aztecs.
On the season, Goodman leads the league in kills and points while ranking ninth in aces and 10th in digs.
Chip Hand, Men's Tennis - Senior; Placentia, Calif.
Chip Hand reached the quarterfinals of the Wilson/ITA Regional Tournament and lost in a close three set match against the No. 3 seed Nejc Smole, 6-4, 1-6, 7-5. Hand was the only BYU player to reach the quarterfinals in the singles tournament and played a large role in helping the Cougars finish second in the tournament and win a bid for the regional playoff in January.
Natalia Jimenez, Women's Golf - Sophomore, Bogota, Columbia
BYU sophomore Natalia Jimenez had her best tournament as a Cougar going one-under-par and nearly capturing medalist honors. Jimenez was in the lead going down the stretch, but a couple of missed her putts cost the Colombian native her first victory as a Cougar. She finished two strokes back of Denver's Stephanie Sherlock.
"Nati (Jimenez) had it going today," BYU head coach Sue Nyhus said. "She easily could have won if a couple of putts would have gone in. She is having a great season and is a big reason we have done so well this year."
Natasha Menezes, Women's Swimming - Freshman; Denver, Colo.
The Beehive Relays was Menezes' first collegiate competition ever. Out of the five relays that BYU won, Menezes swam in four of them. She led of the 800 free relay, was the anchor in the 400 medley and led off both the 1500 free relay and the 4x100 free relay.
Menezes is a true freshman and is Colorado's 500 free state record holder. She was Colorado's 2006 High School Swimmer of the Year, two-time 200 free state champion (2005 and 2006) and the 2006 100 free state champion.
Anastasia Sourkova, Women's Tennis - Junior; Moscow, Russia
BYU's Anastasia Sourkova and Jenny Miccoli beat their teammates Dolly Chang and Chie Hayasaka in the finals of the Wilson/ITA Regional Doubles Tournamen, 8-4. Not only did Sourkova win the doubles tournament, but she also reached the finals in the singles tournament as well before she had to pull out of the tournament so as to avoid playing on Sunday. She was favored to win the final match had she played. Sourkova and the rest of the women's BYU tennis team dominated the competition and are the No. 1 team in the NCAA Central Region.