The Top Performers of the Week feature will highlight the top athletes of each sport currently in play. Check back each week to see which athletes are standing out in Cougar sports.
Brooke Bowman, Women's Soccer - Senior; Plano, Texas
Brooke Bowman, a senior forward from Plano, Texas, came off the bench on Thursday to score the game-winning goal against Washington. Katie Larkin gook a BYU free kick from 12 yards out on the left side of the box during the 34th minute. She touched a short pass to Brooke Bowman who blasted a shot into the goal. Bowman earned her first start of the season the following game against Washington State. The game winner was her second of the season, also scoring the goal to win the game against Idaho State earlier in the season. Bowman is third on the team with five points off two goals and one assist.
Amber Duffin, Cross Country - Sophomore; Derwood, Maryland
Sophomore Amber Duffin led the BYU women's cross country team to a second place finish at the Great American Invitational in Hoover, Ala. Competing in her first race of the season, Duffin finished third overall in the 5k with a time of 18:47.
Chelsea Goodman, Volleyball - Junior; Mesa, Arizona
Cougar outside hitter Chelsea Goodman came up big for the Cougars in both matches last week, helping BYU improve to 12-1 on the season and 4-0 in the Mountain West Conference with wins at San Diego State and UNLV. Against the Aztecs, she recorded her seventh double-double of the year with 15 kills and 16 digs, which led the team. Two days later at UNLV in BYU's ninth sweep of the year, she recorded a match-high 17 kills and was one dig shy of her eighth double-double on the year with nine. The junior also came up big at crucial times for the Cougars against the Rebels in the tightly contested match. Facing game point at 29-28 in game one, Goodman put down two straight kills to reject UNLV and give the Cougars the game-winning opportunity, which they converted on a Rebel hitting error to take the 31-29 nail-biter. Then in game three, with BYU trailing 20-17, Goodman recorded three kills, a block assist and an ace as part of a 9-3 BYU run to give the Cougars a 26-23 lead and eventually the win. On the season, Goodman ranks in the top 10 in the league in four statistical categories, including aces per game (t-1st), points (3rd), kills per game (4th) and digs per game (10th).
"Goodman was unbelievable again," said BYU head coach Jason Watson following the win at UNLV. "She was good at San Diego State, and she was good again this evening. She came up big for us."
Lauren Jones, Tennis - Senior; Mission Viejo, California
Lauren Jones is this week's tennis player of the week. The senior from Mission Viejo, California took second place in last weekend's BYU Invitational, knocking off No. 79 Liz Ferris from Utah in three sets in the semifinal match. Jones lost the championship match in a tiebreak in the third set against the No. 49 player in the country, Washington State's Eka Burduli. Jones was the only player in the tournament to take a set from the Burduli who was the top seed in the tournament.
Rachel Newren, Women's Golf - Senior; Salt Lake City, Utah
Rachel Newren fired a final-round 67 to win the Ron Moore Invitational individually by three shots. The 67 shot by Newren tied the course record. Newren's 206 also shattered the 54-hole-BYU individual record by eight shots. In the process, Newren broke the 36-hole record with a 139. This win is Newren's 20th top-20 appearance during her BYU playing career.
Daniel Summerhays, Men's Golf - Junior; Farmington, Utah
Daniel had one of his top finishes of his college career at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate played at The Course of Champions in Albuquerque, N.M. The junior from Farmington, UT managed to hit a 69 on the par-72 course facing 40 mph winds. This top-performance landed him a fifth place finish.
Fui Vakapuna, Football - Sophomore; Glendale, Utah
Utah State had no answer for BYU running back Fui Vakapuna, who had another strong performance, rushing for 73 yards on 13 carries and scoring three touchdowns. Vakapuna tied a LaVell Edwards Stadium record with three first-half touchdowns in the Cougars 38-0 victory over the Aggies.
Vakapuna started the day off with a 16-yard run on the first play of the game. Nine plays and 89-yards later, it was Vakapuna with the ball in his hands again, this time scampering into the end zone on a six-yard rush for a touchdown. Vakapuna carried four times gaining 44 yards on the opening drive. BYU kept the offense coming, as Vakapuna romped into the end zone on an 11-yard carry giving the resilient running back his second touchdown of the day and BYU a 17-0 lead. Nearly nine minutes later, the end zone was once again stamped by Vakapuna's foot prints as the 6'1," 234-pound sophomore scored his third touchdown of the half on an eight-yard run.