GRANVILLE, Ohio-- After an extremely successful week, seven Denison Big Red Big Red student-athletes were recognized as players of the week in their respective sports. Sarah Herold (Softball), Lauren Hawley (Women's Tennis), Kevin Brown (Men's Tennis), Perley Provost (Baseball), David Carter (Men's Track & Field), Ajai Brooks (Women's Track & Field) and Jonathan Taylor (Men's Golf) were honored by the NCAC this past week.
Denison junior Sarah Herold was stellar in the circle for the Big Red, throwing two complete game shutouts in wins over Otterbein and Ohio Wesleyan. The Fairborn, Ohio native allowed seven hits over 12 innings, held opponents to a .167 batting average, and struck out nine batters against just four walks. The Big Red will go into Gambier to face Kenyon with a record of 13-7 on the season.
Lauren Hawley, a sophomore from Dayton, Ohio, had a personal record of 6-0, leading the Big Red women's tennis team in three total matches. She and classmate Emma Alsup went 3-0 in top doubles, while Hawley herself went 3-0 in singles play, losing only one set. The Big Red have won two of their last three team matches and will enter the Midwest Invitational 22-5 in their last 27 individual matches.
Sophomore Kevin Brown lead the Big Red to a 3-1 record last week. He and classmate Blake Burstein went a perfect 4-0 in the top doubles flight, including a win over the 13th ranked doubles pair in the Central Region. The Perrysburg, Ohio native also went 3-1 in top singles. He did not lose a set in the three victories. Denison will carry its three-match win streak into Cleveland, Ohio to play the Vikings of Cleveland State.
Junior pitcher Perley Provost lead the Big Red's pitching staff this past week, striking out 15 batters in 15.1 innings. The South Bend, Indiana native was masterful in a 4-0 win in game two of the four-game series with Wabash. He threw a complete game shutout, striking out a season-high 10 batters, walking none, and allowing just three hits. The Big Red are riding a 10-game win streak as Oberlin comes to Granville this weekend.
David Carter, a sophomore from New Albany, Ohio was named Field Athlete of the Week after finishing third in the triple jump at the Hilltop Invitational. His mark of 13.71 meters is the highest in the NCAC. The Denison Men's Track & Field Team took third overall as a team in Birmingham, Alabama.
Sophomore Ajai Brooks was a double-winner and a huge part of the Big Red's 5th place finish at the Hilltop Invitational. Brooks won both the 100m and 200m dashes with times of 11.93 and 25.15, respectively. The 100m dash time is good enough to put the Washington, DC native atop the NCAC in the event, and is the second fastest time in all of Division III.
Jonathan Taylor, a senior from Columbus, Ohio, won individual medalist honors for the first time this season after shooting a 36-hole score of 144 (73-71) at the Strimer Memorial Invitational. His even-par 71 in the 2nd round at Oakhaven Golf Club in Delaware, OH tied two additional players for the top round in the tournament. Denison finished third as a team and will host the Ted Barclay Invitational in Granville, Ohio this weekend.