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 4 - December 10

Kajon Mack
Basketball | GR | G | Los Angeles, Calif.

Week's Achievements: Mack averaged 13.5 points and 7.0 rebounds for the Golden Eagles over the week, making his prescence felt on the offense glass with a team-high seven offensive rebounds. He shot over 40 percent from the field and 80 percent from the charity stripe while averaging 37.0 minutes per game.

Yaktavia "Shug" Hickson
Basketball | SR | G | Atlanta, Ga.

Week's Achievements: Hickson became the 30th Golden Eagle in program history to record 1,000 points, scoring a season-high 17 in Tech's win over Cumberland. She averaged 12.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in Tech's two contests during the week, posting seven board in the victory over the Phoenix.

November 27 - December 3

Stephaun Adams
Basketball | JR | G | St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

Week's Achievements: Adams turned in a career night in leading the Golden Eagles to a win over in-state rival Lipscomb, scoring a career-high 15 points with six rebounds and a steal in the victory. He averaged 8.5 points and five rebounds on 50 percent shooting in two games on the week.

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

Week's Achievements: Brady put up strong numbers in three games for the Golden Eagles, averaging 12.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game. She scored 18 points with three steals at Wright State before posting 10 points and a career-high nine rebounds at Kentucky.

November 20 - November 26

Aleksa Jugovic
Basketball | SR | G | Leskovac, Serbia

Week's Achievements: Jugovic led the Golden Eagles to a 3-0 mark and Emerald Coast Classic title while averaging 19.3 points on 68.8 percent shooting from deep. Against New Mexico, he poured in career-high 31 points on 7-for-7 shooting from 3-point range, setting two Tech records.

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

Week's Achievements: Harris did a little of everything in Tech's only contest during the week, scoring seven points on 2-for-5 shooting and snagging six total rebounds against Radford. She added an assist and a steal in 30 minutes of action.

November 13 - November 19

Curtis Phillips Jr.
Basketball | SR | F | Memphis, Tenn.

Week's Achievements: Phillips Jr. averaged a team-high 15 points per game while helping Tech to a 2-1 mark over the week. He shot over 43 percent from the field and dished out 14 assists. He also tallied 11 rebounds, three blocks and seven steals.

Purity Sanga
Cross Country | FR | Eldoret, Kenya

Week's Achievements: Sanga became the first-ever Tennessee Tech runner, male or female, to compete at the NCAA Championships. The 2017 Ohio Valley Conference Women's Freshman of the Year clocked in with a time of 21:48.00. 

November 6 - November 12

Curtis Phillips Jr.
Basketball | SR | F | Memphis, Tenn.

Week's Achievements: Phillips Jr. led the Golden Eagles in scoring in their season-opening victory over Midway, pouring in 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting. He added six rebounds and three assists in the contest as well, all while playing just 19 minutes.

Purity Sanga
Cross Country | FR | Eldoret, Kenya

Week's Achievements: Sanga led the Golden Eagles at the NCAA South Regional, earning All-South Region honors after placing eighth with a time of 20:16.4. Her performance earned her an at-large bid to the national championship, becoming Tech's first-ever participant.

October 30 - November 5

Will Brooks
Golf | FR | Cookeville, Tenn.

Week's Achievements: Brooks garnered his first career All-Tournament honor with a third-place showing at the MTSU Intercollegiate, helping lead Tech to a second-place finish. He broke the program's freshman scoring mark with a 6-under 66 in the second round.

Kirsten Brugere
Volleyball | JR | L | St. Charles, Mo.

Week's Achievements: Brugere posted 36 total digs over two matches, averaging six digs per set while also recording her 900th career dig as a Golden Eagle. The junior also posted a career-high two kills out of the libero position against Morehead State.

October 23 - October 29

Aderick Moore
Football | SO | LB | Selma, Ala.

Week's Achievements: Moore was a force on the gridiron in leading Tech to its first win of the year. He piled up 12 tackles, including a whopping five for loss, the second most in a game nationally this season. He also posted two sacks and forced a fumble.

Purity Sanga
Cross Country | FR | Eldoret, Kenya

Week's Achievements: Sanga turned in another stellar performance, placing sixth at the OVC Championships with the best time among all freshmen in the league. She turned in a season-best 17:31.0 to pace the Golden Eagles.

October 16 - October 22

Eduardo Mena
Tennis | SR | Bultrago del Lozoya, Spain

Week's Achievements: Mena turned another fantastic showing on the courts, garnering four singles victories on his way to the quarterfinals of the ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships. He also claimed a doubles victory on the weekend.

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

Week's Achievements: Powell notched her team-high fourth goal of the season in helping the Golden Eagles clinch the No. 2 seed in the OVC Tournament with a 1-0 win over UT Martin in the regular-season finale at Tech Soccer Field.

October 9 - October 15

Eduardo Mena
Tennis | SR | Bultrago del Lozoya, Spain

Week's Achievements: Mena continued to make program and conference history, advancing to the quarterfinals of the ITA Men's All-American Championships after boasting victories over the No. 2 & No. 16 ranked players in the nation.

Karigan Owens
Soccer | SR | D | La Grange, Ky.

Week's Achievements: Owens proved a factor on both sides of the ball in Tech's two wins over the weekend, playing all 180 minutes in two Golden Eagle shutouts. She added a goal and an assist in the team's 2-0 victory over Eastern Kentucky.

October 2 - October 8

Andrew Goldsmith
Football | SO | RB | Jackson, Tenn.

Week's Achievements: Goldsmith put together a career night while toting the rock for the Golden Eagles, posting a career-high 121 yards on the ground at Eastern Illinois. He averaged 7.6 yards on 16 carries while adding two catches for 12 yards.

Kari Naerdemann
Soccer | JR | GK | Herne, Germany

Week's Achievements: Naerdemann notched back-to-back shutouts on the road at SIUE and Eastern Illinois, making six total saves in the two matches. She now owns seven shutouts on the year, tying her own mark for third in single-season program history.

September 25 - October 1

Gilbert Boit
Cross Country | SO | Eten, Kenya

Week's Achievements: Boit captured yet another individual first-place finish, this time at the Sam Bell Invitational hosted by Indiana. The sophomore finished with a time of 24:39.59 in the 8K race, giving him three first-place finishes in as many meets this year.

Mayra Tarraga Manzanal
Soccer | JR | MF | Gerona, Spain

Week's Achievements: Tarraga Manzanal helped lead Tech to a perfect 2-0 weekend with wins at Belmont and against Austin Peay. The junior tallied five points behind two goals and assist, including the game-winner against the Govs on Sunday.

September 18 - September 24

Gilbert Boit
Cross Country | SO | Eten, Kenya

Week's Achievements: Boit claimed an indvidual first-place finish at the Mountain Dew Invitational, his second win in as many events this season. Finishing at 24:30.9, he now owns five of the top six times in the 8K in program history.

Purity Sanga
Cross Country | FR | Eldoret, Kenya

Week's Achievements: Sanga continued her incredible start to her Tech career, placing third out of 285 runners at the Mountain Dew Invitational. Her time of 17:46.8 represents the fifth-fastest in the 5K in school history, a week after turning in the third-best time.

September 11 - September 17

Nick Madonia
Football | JR | K | Arrington, Ala.

Week's Achievements: Madonia let his leg do the talking during Tech's contest at Ball State, finishing 2-for-2 on field goals and connecting on his lone PAT try. He also averaged 46 yards on four punts, pinning the Cardinals inside the 20-yard line twice.

Purity Sanga
Cross Country | FR | Eldoret, Kenya

Week's Achievements: Sanga made her Golden Eagle debut a great one, finishing a stunning sixth out of 176 runners at the Commodore Classic. The freshman runner clocked in a time of 17:38.1 in the 5K, the third-best mark in school history.

September 4 - September 10

Aderick Moore
Football | SO | LB | Selma, Ala.

Week's Achievements: Moore was all over the field for the Golden Eagles in their contest at Kennesaw State, making a game-high and career-high 13 tackles, including and impressive 10 solo stops. He also recorded his first sack of the 2017 campaign.

Shealene Little
Volleyball | JR | OH | Culver, Ore.

Week's Achievements: Little showed a knack for the attack in Tech's tournament action in Dayton, Ohio, posting 32 kills and 25 digs in 10 sets with a .228 attack percentage. She hit .350 against West Virginia in the team's first action of the weekend.

August 28 - September 3

Gilbert Boit
Cross Country | SO | Eten, Kenya

Week's Achievements: Boit took home a first place finish at the Golden Eagle Invitational presented by Hometown IGA, defending his 2016 individual title. He crossed the finish line in 18:52.8, just over 47 seconds faster than the next finisher.

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

Week's Achievements: Powell recorded her first collegiate goal in just her fourth career match, firing the game-winner against Georgia State in the 27th minute. She boasted a team-high four shots on goal in the match, more than double any other player.

August 21 - August 27

Taylor Houck
Volleyball | R-FR | OPP | Fletcher, N.C.

Week's Achievements: Houck led the team with 10 kills with a .412 hitting percentage
in the Golden Eagles' season-opener, a 3-0 win over NC Central. She added two service
aces on her way to earning OVC Newcomer of the Week honors.

August 14 - August 20

 

Kari Naerdemann
Soccer | JR | GK | Herne, Germany

Week's Achievements: Naerdemann earned her first shutout of the season at ETSU,
making eight saves for a 1-0 Tech victory. She also held Vanderbilt scoreless through
regulation in the season-opener, before allowing a goal in overtime.