It is Wednesday, and now time to announce True To The Cru’s Players of the Week presented by the Crusader Football Alumni Association. Several outstanding performances were witnessed across a variety of sports over this past week, and this is our opportunity to recognize those.
KJ Miller earns the title of Offensive Player of the Week, as the senior receiver tallied a UMHB single-game record 12 receptions in the victory. Those 12 receptions went for 165 yards, 99 of which came after the catch, and gave way to multiple Crusader touchdowns. Miller now leads the team in receptions (36) and yards (527) and is second in the ASC in receptions per game (5.1). Miller earned 53 percent of the vote.
In a close race, our Defensive Player of the Week honor was awarded to linebacker Jacob Mueller, who led the Cru in total tackles with eight. Four of those were solo tackles, as he was all over the field, helping stop both HPU’s potent passing offense, as well as the Yellow Jacket run game. HPU was held to its lowest number of rushing yards in any game this season (71). Mueller tallied 43 percent of the vote.
Brandon Cunningham is our Special Teams Player of the Week. The senior kicker saw his first action midway through the first quarter, and played the remainder of the contest, converting on all six extra-point attempts. He also had a 33-yard fourth-quarter field goal. It marked his first field goal of the season. Cunningham tallied 50 percent of the vote.
Women’s Basketball Player of the Week: Kaitlyn Kollmorgen
Kollmorgen started the first two games of her UMHB career this past weekend, tallying 19 points and 17 rebounds in the process. She helped the Crusaders notch a season-opening 73-72 win over Rhodes on Saturday night, with nine points and a team-best 12 rebounds, before scoring 10 with five rebounds, three offensive, in Sunday’s loss to Trinity. The Houston native also had five blocks over the two games.
Volleyball Player of the Week: Hannah Frasca
In her second ASC Tournament, Frasca stepped up to lead the UMHB offensive attack, as the sophomore hitter was the only Crusader in either match to tally double figures in kills. She had 14 in Friday’s semifinal sweep of Sul Ross State, before posting a season-best 24 kills in the 3-1 ASC title match loss to UT-Dallas. Frasca finished the season third in the conference in points per set (3.93 points/set) and added 25 digs over the Cru’s final two matches.
Men’s Soccer Player of the Week: Ethan Dacaret
Dacaret scored one of UMHB’s two goals in the 2-1 ASC quarterfinal win over ETBU on Tuesday, finding the back of the net in the 50th minute. It marked his first postseason goal, and the freshman tallied three total shots, two of which were on goal. In the 2-0 loss to Hardin-Simmons in the tournament semifinal, Dacaret added two shots, and was responsible for one of UMHB’s two shots on goal.
Women’s Soccer Player of the Week: Chandler Jackson
Jackson propelled UMHB to Sunday’s ASC Championship match, scoring the eventual game-winning goals in both the quarterfinal win over Belhaven and semifinal win against Concordia. Both were 1-0 wins for the Crusaders, putting them in a position to contend for the conference title. Jackson found the back of the net in the 59th minute of Tuesday’s win, and was responsible for both of UMHB’s shots on goal. Against Concordia, she took a pass from forward Maria Rico and scored in the game’s 25th minute. Those marked the first two postseason goals of her collegiate career.