September 28, 2007

Players Bring National Attention to Football, Volleyball

"... Three student athletes have brought national attention to Samford's football and volleyball teams, setting personal and school records along the way..."

Three student athletes have brought national attention to Samford's football and volleyball teams, setting personal and school records along the way.

Samford freshman place-kicker Mark Prevost was named one of four National Special Teams Players of the Week by Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette September 26. Prevost played a big part in Samford’s come-from-behind 26-21 win over Southeast Missouri Saturday night. After struggling early, he kicked four second-half field goals from 34, 37, 41 and 47 yards. The 47-yard kick in the third quarter was a career record for Prevost and the longest field goal by a Samford player in an Ohio Valley Conference game.

Samford's volleyball team, meanwhile, is off to its best start in four years and currently ranks 66th in the nation in the NCAA Division I in digs per game. Junior Libero Courtney Gay has been a major factor in that success, currently ranking 14th in the nation in digs per game with 5.85. In the Bulldogs' Aug. 29 match against Tennessee-Chattanooga Gay achieved a new career high and Samford individual record in digs as she posted 42. She then turned around and broke the same two records two matches later against McNeese State in the Barber's Bulldog Classic Sept. 1, grabbing 46 digs against the Cowgirls. Gay leads the conference in digs per game, ranks third in digs against OVC opponents and was chosen Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the first week of voting on Sept. 3.

Sophomore middle blocker Sheriden Stangohr has also contributed her share to the volleyball team's success, recently moving into the top 50 on the NCAA's Division I list of individual blocks per game. Stangohr notched two new career highs against OVC foe Austin Peay Sept. 21 as she posted eight block assists and nine total blocks against the Governors. Not only did she contribute over half of the Bulldogs' 15 blocks against Austin Peay, she has contributed over half (71) of the Bulldogs' 135 blocks put up against opponents this season. Presently, Stangohr ranks second in blocks per game overall in the conference and against OVC opponents.

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