RICHARDSON, Texas -- Five student-athletes from The University of Texas at Tyler were honored by the American Southwest Conference as Players of the Week in their respective sports, the league office announced.
In men's tennis, senior Kevin Wright (College
Station, TX / A&M Consolidated HS) went unbeaten at No. 2 singles and
No. 2 doubles against LeTourneau and Centenary, helping the Patriots secure
their ninth straight ASC East Division title. Wright, who battled back for a
4-6, 6-1, 6-1 win against CC, teamed with Robert Hodous in doubles.
On the women's side, freshman Jennifer Payne (Amarillo,
TX / Midwestern State) went unbeaten at No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles
against LeTourneau and Centenary to fuel two teams wins – also helping the
Patriots secure their seventh straight ASC East Division title and the right to
host the conference tournament. Payne teamed with Jessica Blundell in doubles.
In softball, senior utility player Katelyn
Thomason (Spring, TX / Southeastern Louisiana) went 13-for-21
with two home runs, three doubles and 12 RBIs to fuel the nationally-ranked
Patriots to a 5-1 week, including a sweep of Louisiana College. Thomason, who
has been named the division’s top weekly hitter twice this season, also scored
10 runs and walked twice. She had at least one hit – five multiple-hit games –
and scored in each contest. Thomason also picked up a win in the circle.
Two UT Tyler baseball players earned honors from the ASC this week. Senior shortstop Aaron McCain (Royce
City, TX / Dallas Christian HS) went 8-for-16 with a home run, two doubles
and five RBIs to fuel the Patriots to a 4-0 week, including an ASC East
Division road series sweep of LeTourneau. McCain also scored six times, drew
four walks and stole a base.
On the mound, freshman right-hander Michael
Blevins (Houston, TX / Mayde Creek HS) tossed a three-hit
shutout with five strikeouts and no walks in a 1-0 ASC East Division road win
over LeTourneau. Blevins allowed just one extra-base hit – a double – and one
runner past second base over the seven frames. His gem came in Game 2, locking
up the three-game series for the Patriots.