BELTON, Texas- It is Tuesday, and now time to announce True To The Cru’s Players of the Week presented by Montgomery Chiropractic.
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With 80 percent of the vote, quarterback Kyle King earned the Offensive Player of the Week honor, accounting for six touchdowns, four of which came on the ground. He took what the defense gave him, scoring UMHB’s first three touchdowns and tallied 43 rushing yards. Through the air, the senior was 14-of-19 passing for 201 yards. His longest pass came on a 33-yard completion to receiver Brandon Jordan.
Linebacker Jacob Mueller was voted as the Defensive Player of the Week, earning 42 percent of the vote as he recorded five total tackles, three of which were solo. One of those tackles was also for a one-yard loss. Mueller was a key component in a great defensive effort from the Cru, who held Simpson to -9 yards rushing.
With 57 percent of the vote, Kicker Anthony Avila earned the Special Teams Player of the Week honor. The senior kicker set a school record for PATs made in a game, going 12-for-12 on his extra point attempts. He did not attempt a field goal, but his booming leg was evident on kickoffs, as he averaged 58.1 yards per kick on eight kickoffs.
Volleyball Player of the Week: Kayla Janikula
For her efforts in UMHB volleyball’s 5-0 start to the 2021 season, senior hitter Kayla Janikula is True To The Cru’s Volleyball Player of the Week. Janikula played in all 15 sets, helping the Cru sweep Belhaven, Millsaps, Birmingham-Southern, Centenary and Huntington in Mississippi. She currently ranks second on the team in points per set (3.67) and recorded 40 kills in the first week of action. On defense, Janikula was a constant presence at the net, posting a team-high 15.0 blocks, 11 of them solo.
Men’s Soccer Player of the Week: Patrick Roach
The Crusaders opened with a 4-0 win against Texas Lutheran, but dropped its next two matches in Pennsylvania, though only by one goal in each. Patrick Roach was at the center of the Crusader offensive attack, scoring one goal against Texas Lutheran, and tallying a team-high four shots on goal over the three-game span. In fact, he was the only Crusader to post at least one shot on goal in each of UMHB’s matches. He is also an aggressive defender who helped limit scoring opportunities for each of the Cru’s three opponents this week.
Women’s Soccer Player of the Week: Kristen Burdick
Kristen Burdick was key in UMHB’s 3-0 shutout of Texas Lutheran in the season opener, the only match the Crusaders have played up to this point. Burdick converted on her lone shot on goal, scoring UMHB’s first goal of the 2021 season at the 63-minute mark and putting the Cru in the lead. The defender was also the only Crusader to play all 90 minutes.