Athletes of the Week

Tennessee Tech selects a Male and Female Athlete of the Week throughout the athletic season
to recognize outstanding performances by Golden Eagle student-athletes.


 

Male Recipient

Female Recipient

December 3 - December 9

Corey Tillery
Basketball | JR | G | Atlanta, Ga.

Week's Achievements: Tillery made Tech history over the week, setting the program and tying the OVC record for 3-pointers in a single game with 10 against Warren Wilson. He shot 71.4 percent from deep, another Tech record with at least 10 attempts and averaged 18.5 points in two games.

Abby Buckner
Basketball | SO | GF | Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Week's Achievements: Buckner led the Golden Eagles in scoring in their lone contest of the week at Arkansas. She finished with nine points while also hauling in seven rebounds and shooting. The Murfreesboro, Tenn. native led the purple and gold with 38 minutes of action in the contest as well.

November 26 - December 2

Jr. Clay
Basketball | FR | G | Chattanooga, Tenn.

Week's Achievements: Clay turned in the top two performances of his young career, averaging 17.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals in two games. He boasted a season-high 20 points and nine boards against Winthrop and followed with 15 points and seven rebounds at Chattanooga.

Taylor Lamb
Basketball | FR | F | Greeneville, Tenn.

Week's Achievements: Lamb was the offensive key to leading Tech to victory at Wichita State as she led all scorers with a season-high 17 points on a perfect 7-for-7 shooting from the floor. She added five rebounds and two steals while playing 28 minutes off the bench.

November 19 - November 25

Corey Tillery
Basketball | JR | G | Atlanta, Ga.

Week's Achievements: Tillery enjoyed the best game of his Tech career, scoring a team-high 20 points while leading the Golden Eagles to their first win of the season over ULM. The junior drained 5-of-9 attempts from downtown and snagged four rebounds for good measure.

Kesha Brady
Basketball | SO | G | Smyrna, Tenn.

Week's Achievements: Brady was a key cog to a 2-1 week for Tech, averaging 16.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game off the bench. She scored 18 points in a win over Western Carolina and followed with 16 more in a victory at Charleston Southern. She tallied 15 in Tech's lone loss of the week.

November 12 - November 18

Micaiah Henry
Basketball | JR | C | Decatur, Ga.

Week's Achievements: Henry averaged 15.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in Tech's three-game road trip for the week. He shot 64.7 percent from the field while tallying back-to-back 20-point outings at Savannah State and at No. 7 ranked North Carolina.

Akia Harris
Basketball | JR | G | Chattanooga, Tenn.

Week's Achievements: Harris led the Golden Eagles to their first win over Middle Tennessee in over a decade, posting team-highs of 15 points and eight rebounds in 34 minutes. After the Blue Raiders rallied from an 18-point deficit, Harris scored seven-straight points to give Tech the lead for good.

November 5 - November 11

Shannon Fayne
Football | JR | S | Nashville, Tenn.

Week's Achievements: Fayne was all over the field in Tech's final road game of the season, making a team-high 13 total tackles against UT Martin. He totaled 10 assists and three solo stops while also recovering a fumble. He made a tackle-for-loss in the game as well for -2 yards.

Purity Sanga
Cross Country | SO | Kapsabet, Kenya

Week's Achievements: Sanga beat her own program-record for best finish at the NCAA South Region Championships, placing seventh overall and claiming her second straight NCAA Championship bid. She finished the 6K race in a time of 20:43.0 among a field of 208 runners.

October 29 - November 4

Bailey Fisher
Football | FR | QB | Clayton, Ga.

Week's Achievements: Fisher accounted for all three of Tech's touchdowns in the team's 27-24 victory over Murray State on Homecoming. The freshman finished 21-for-34 with 228 yards and two scores through air. He added another 76 yards and a touchdown on the ground for good measure.

Rachel Thomas
Volleyball | JR | MB | Okemos, Mich.

Week's Achievements: Thomas was unstoppable on offense and a wall on defense in helping Tech to a 2-0 weekend. She hit a whopping .442 with 22 kills in eight sets, recording just three attack errors. Thomas also tallied 12 total blocks, finishing the weekend with 29.0 points overall.

October 22 - October 28

Brannon Cheplak
Cross Country | JR | Eldoret, Kenya

Week's Achievements: Cheplak paced the Tech men's squad to its best finish at the OVC Championships since 1967, a third-place showing. The junior finished 10th overall with a time of 24:48.9, earning an All-OVC Second Team bid for his efforts.

Purity Sanga
Cross Country | SO | Kapsabet, Kenya

Week's Achievements: Sanga became just the second Tech female runner ever to win the OVC Championships, pacing the field with a time of 17:01.7 and winning by nearly 15 seconds. She captured Female Athlete of the Championships and All-OVC First Team honors for her performance.

October 15 - October 21

Gonzalo Garcia
Tennis | SO | Barcelona, Spain

Week's Achievements: Garcia made an impressive run in the A Singles Draw of the Louisville Invitational, advancing all the way to the final. He won his first three matches of the tournament before falling in a three-set thriller. He also earned a doubles win at the event with teammate Carlos Vicente.

Lindsay Miller
Golf | SR | Nashville, Tenn.

Week's Achievements: Miller tied for sixth place at the Fred Marx Invitational while enjoying her most successful round in the purple and gold. In the second roun, she fired a career-low, 4-under 68, the lowest score of the tournament. She finished with a 148 in the rain-shortened event.

October 8 - October 14

Brannon Cheplak
Cross Country | JR | Eldoret, Kenya

Week's Achievements: Cheplak was instrumental in helping the Golden Eagles to an impressive runner-up finish at the UAB Blazer Classic, placing sixth individually. He turned in the second-fastest 8K of his career, finishing at 24:35.06, which marked the second-best time of any Tech runner this year.

Purity Sanga
Cross Country | SO | Kapsabet, Kenya

Week's Achievements: Sanga continued her steady improvment into one of the best runners in the country, claiming first place at the UAB Blazer Classic. She posted the second-fastest 6K of her career, finishing at 20:28.56, beating the field by a whopping 26 seconds overall.

October 1 - October 7

Rafael Tosetto
Tennis | FR | Jacareí, Brazil

Week's Achievements: Tosetto put together a magical run at the ITA Men's All-American Championships, winning six straight matches to advance through pre-qualifying and finish just one win away from earning a bid into the main draw. He won two matches in the qualifying draw.

Kari Naerdemann
Soccer | SR | GK | Herne, Germany

Week's Achievements: Naerdemann was a rock in net for the Golden Eagles, notching two shutouts while making a whopping 17 saves to help Tech go 1-0-1 during the week. She made 10 stops in a win over Belmont and followed it up with seven monster stops in a scoreless draw against SEMO.

September 24 - September 30

Bailey Fisher
Football | FR | QB | Clayton, Ga.

Week's Achievements: Fisher put together a breakout performance against Eastern Illinois, completing 27-of-41 passes for 383 yards and four touchdowns. His 383 yards through the air were the most ever by a true freshman at Tech while his four scores tied for second in school history.

Purity Sanga
Cross Country | SO | Kapsabet, Kenya

Week's Achievements: For the third straight week, Sanga broke her own program record for the 5K, racing to a third place finish at the Greater Louisville Classic in a time of 16:41.3. It marked her second career sub-17-minute 5K of the year, the only two in school history.

September 17 - September 23

Sammy Kipkirui
Cross Country | SO | Kapsabet, Kenya

Week's Achievements: Kipkirui turned in a runner-up performance at the Mountain Dew Invitational, setting a career-best with a time of 24:27.74 in the 8K. It marked his second sub-25-minute time and ranked as the seventh fastest 8K time in program history.

Purity Sanga
Cross Country | SO | Kapsabet, Kenya

Week's Achievements: Sanga followed up her record-breaking performance from a week ago by shattering her own program mark, finishing second overall at the Moutain Dew Invitational with a time of 16:41.58, more than 39 seconds faster than her previous time.

September 10 - September 16

Nick Madonia
Football | SR | K | Arrington, Tenn.

Week's Achievements: Madonia set a career-high at Utah State, connecting for four field goal on five tries. He drained a 54-yard attempt, the second-longest in school history, in the first quarter. He went on make tries from 20, 23 and 45 yards as well.

Purity Sanga
Cross Country | SO | Kapsabet, Kenya

Week's Achievements: Sanga continued her impressive start to the 2018 campaign, shattering the school's 5K record at the Commodore Classic with a time of 17:20.7, more than nine seconds better than the previous mark. She finished second overall in the event.

September 3 - September 9

Sammy Kipkirui
Cross Country | SO | Kapsabet, Kenya

Week's Achievements: Kipkirui claimed first place at the Golden Eagle Invitational, beating out a pair of runners from Ohio State by eight seconds with a time of 20:24.7. It marked the first career win for the sophomore, who finished seventh in last year's event.

Purity Sanga
Cross Country | SO | Kapsabet, Kenya

Week's Achievements: Sanga dominated the field on her way to a first-place showing at the Golden Eagle Invitational. The sophomore finished with a time of 17:50.5, nearly a full minute and 20 seconds faster than second place, to earn her first career win.

August 27 - September 2

Josh Poplar
Football | R-JR | LB | Knoxville, Tenn.

Week's Achievements: Poplar notched his first career touchdown in Tech's season-opener at Chattanooga, running back an interception for six points. He finished the contest, his first action in over a year, with a team-high eight tackles.

Kendall Powell
Soccer | SO | F | Cookeville, Tenn.

Week's Achievements: Powell became the first Golden Eagle to record a hat trick since 2009 and just the fourth in program history, scoring three times in a 4-0 win at Purdue Fort Wayne. She took home OVC Player of the Week honors for her efforts. 

August 20 - August 26

Susie Jeziorowski
Volleyball | SR | S | Green Lake, Wis.

Week's Achievements: Jeziorowski compiled a whopping 142 assists in three matches,
helping Tech to a 2-1 start to the year. She recorded at least 45 assists in each match and
also totaled five service aces and six blocks during the weekend.  

August 13 - August 19

 

Kendall Powell
Soccer | SO | F | Cookeville, Tenn.

Week's Achievements: Powell scored the Golden Eagle squad's first goal of the year,
a marker in the 81st minute, at Georgia State. The goal proved enough to be the
game-winner and set up Tech with a 1-0 start to the season. 


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