Senior guard A.J. Slaughter received his second Sun Belt Conference player of the week honor of the season on Tuesday.
Slaughter averaged 16.0 points per game this week as the Toppers beat Evansville and then-No. 24 Vanderbilt.
Slaughter was also the Sun Belt’s player of the week during the week of Nov. 17.
The Toppers return to the court against Louisville in Freedom Hall at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Freshman libero Sarah Rogers has been named the the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week for her effort in last week’s matches.
The Lady Toppers (19-7, 8-3 SBC) won all three of their matchups last weekend against Louisiana-Monroe, New Orleans, and Louisiana-Lafeyette and Rogers led the way with 45 digs in the three matches. She also recorded four service aces.
Rogers is averaging 3.83 digs per set and leads Western with 375 digs this year. She needs 103 more to crack the top ten in WKU history in only her first year.
Freshman libero Sarah Rogers has been named the the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week award for her effort in last week’s matches. The Lady Toppers (19-7, 8-3 SBC) won all three of their matchups last weekend against Louisiana-Monroe, New Orleans, and Louisiana-Lafeyette and Rogers led the way with 45 digs in the three matches. She also recorded four service aces.Rogers is averaging 3.83 digs per set and leads Western with 375 digs this year. She needs 103 more to crack the top ten in WKU history in only her first year.
The Sun Belt Conference named freshman Luke Musser its male Swimmer of the Week, while freshman Kylie Ruiz was named the female Diver of the Week.
Musser won the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke in Saturday’s season-opening meet against Clemson, Georgia Tech and Miami (Fla.) in Atlanta.
Ruiz finished third in the three-meter diving competition.
Senior midfielder Kellie Walker was named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season.
Walker had two goals and two assists in wins over Arkansas State and Arkansas-Little Rock this weekend, giving her 10 assists on the season and 22 in her career, both Western records.
Walker’s 66 career points rank third all-time, just five away from the program record of 71 set by Jenna Silverberg in 2006.
Sophomore guard Sergio Kerusch had two double-doubles in wins over UALR and FIU this week, earning him the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week award for the second time this season.
Kerusch had 18 points and 11 rebounds in the win over the Trojans on Thursday before scoring a career-high 26 points and grabbing 11 rebounds against the Panthers on Saturday.
Junior guard A.J. Slaughter and senior guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez have also been named SBC Player of the Week this season.
Senior Valerie Brown’s record-setting 400-meter and 4×400 times earned the veteran sprinter Sun Belt Conference Track Performer of the Week following the Rod McCravy Invitational in Lexington, Ky.
Brown’s time of 53.58 seconds in the 400 meters set new Western and Sun Belt records and ranked third-best in the nation so far in the indoor season. Her anchor position on the 4×400 team, composed of junior Miaie Williams, junior Samantha Smith and senior Alecia Brown, helped clock a 3:37.97, also good enough for new Western and Sun Belt records.
Brown’s Performer of the Week honor comes on the heels of freshman Sharika Smith’s nomination for KyTrackXC.com Female Athlete of the Week following the Lady Topper’s meet at Middle Tennessee. Brian Soverns was named for the same award after throwing a personal-best 59-1.25 in the weight throw on Jan. 24.
Sophomore guard Sergio Kerusch was named the Sun Belt Conference player of the week on Monday afternoon. Kerusch had two double-doubles this week.
He scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Toppers’ win over Middle Tennessee State, and then scored 18 points and grabbed another 11 rebounds on Saturday against New Orleans.
Kerusch has proved to be a valuable sixth man for the Toppers.
As for the first edition of the College Heights Herald Sun Belt Top-Five Power Rankings (we’ll try to make this a weekly feature):
1. Western Kentucky: Picked up a win over Middle Tennessee State on Thursday and another win over New Orleans on Saturday. They’re winning with a balanced scoring effort but are being held back by a lack of depth.
2. Arkansas-Little Rock: The Trojans are the hottest team in the conference, winning their last four games, including over Middle Tennessee State on Saturday night.
3. North Texas: The Mean Green’s 4-3 conference record doesn’t come across as the most attractive, but they’ve won three straight, and two of their conference losses came in overtime to both Middle Tennessee State and UALR.
4. Middle Tennessee State: After starting out their conference slate undefeated, the Blue Raiders have lost two straight on the road. Now they try to get back on the winning track when they play Arkansas State in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
5. South Alabama: The defending regular season champions aren’t quite having the season they had a year ago, and a 24-point loss to Troy isn’t helping their cause in the CHH Power Rankings.