Middle blocker Ashton Hansen ranks among the top 10 in the MWC in blocks. (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.
Ashton Hansen - Women's Volleyball - Sophomore; Idaho Falls, Idaho
Cougar middle blocker Ashton Hansen averaged 1.80 kills and 1.80 blocks per game last week, helping BYU go 1-1 in two five-game matches. Hansen began the week posting nine kills and five blocks in five games in the Cougars' comeback win at Weber State to extend their all-time record to 56-0 all-time against the Wildcats. She followed that performance with a career-high 13 blocks against Colorado State, the most rejections posted by a Cougar this season. She also added nine kills on 19 swings to post a team-high .474 hitting percentage against the Rams while helping hold the nation?s fourth-best hitter, Mekana Barnes, to just half her offensive efficiency (.263). For the season, Hansen leads the Cougars and ranks among the top 10 in the MWC in blocks while ranking second on the team and third in the league in hitting percentage.
Erika Woodbury - Soccer - Senior; Murrieta, Calif.
BYU has now been the only team in the country to have not allowed a goal this season for more than a week, and is the only unbeaten team in the conference. Head coach Jennifer Rockwood and the BYU program are about to be the first team in the conference to win 200 games. Because BYU and Woodbury have not allowed a goal in 2007, they lead the nation in Goals-Against Average, Save Percentage, and Shutout Percentage.
Dennis Pitta - Football - Sophomore; Moorpark, Calif.
Sophomore Dennis Pitta's 114 yards receiving marked the second consecutive game BYU has had a 100-yard receiver. Pitta caught five passes for 114 yards Saturday against Air Force and racked up 113 receiving yards last week against Tulsa. The last BYU player to have two consecutive games with 100+ yards receiving was Jonny Harline in 2006. Harline totaled 118 yards against Utah and racked up 181 receiving yards the following game against Oregon in the 2006 Las Vegas Bowl.
Cecily Lemmon - Women's Cross Country - Freshman; Vacaville, Calif
Cecily Lemmon placed second at the Big Wave Invitational with a 4-kilometer time of 14:39, the fastest 4-kilometer time in the Mountain West Conference this year.
"Cecily Lemmon ran quite well considering the fact that she was sick all week," Shane said.
Lemmon felt rested because she was forced to stay inside and sleep much the day before the race. She also credited her team's ability to stay together throughout the race.
"It made all the difference," Lemon said of her team's bunch running style. "I know that if I hadn't had the support of the team, my race wouldn't have ended up like it did."