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

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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