April 27 – BETHANY, W. Va. – The Bethany College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has announced that sophomore softball ace Cassie Weiss (Washington, Pa./McGuffey) and junior men’s tennis standout Jack Waters (Epsom, United Kingdom/Glyn School) have been named the Bison SAAC Athletes of the Week.
Weiss appeared in five games for the Bison last week while making three starts as Bethany earned doubleheader sweeps of Thiel College, Grove City and Geneva to improve to third in the conference standings (10-4).
Weiss threw 26.0 total innings, earning three, complete-game performances while posting a record of 4-0 over the six-game stretch. She allowed just ten hits throughout the week, striking out a total of 39 batters to give her a PAC leading 146 on the season.
Over the span of two starts in games against Grove City and Geneva, Weiss threw 13-consecutive scoreless innings, including throwing a one-hit shutout against the Wolverines. In that game, Weiss surrendered just two baserunners (one via error) while striking out eight.
Waters helped the Bison men’s tennis team to their best regular-season record since 1999 as he tallied a 5-1 mark, helping Bethany to wins over conference opponents Thiel and Saint Vincent. The Bison also dropped a close, 5-4, decision to Washington & Jefferson, finishing the week 2-1 and the season, 10-3.
Waters finished the week 3-0 at No. 6 singles, earning wins over Saint Vincent's Dalton Yezovich (6-4, 4-6, 10-7), Washington & Jefferson's Ethan Heller (6-1, 6-1) and Thiel's Jon Fennick (6-1, 6-1). He also posted a 2-1 record at No. 3 doubles with partner Marcus Hooks (Norwalk, Conn./Brien McMahon).
Throughout the regular season, Waters posted an impressive mark of 14-4 combined in singles in doubles action. In just his first season of competition, the junior went 8-1 in singles play, winning the final eight matches of the regular season, including a 6-0 mark in PAC play.
Honorable mentions for the men’s SAAC Athlete of the Week were freshman Kevin Marthinsen (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) and senior Ryan Bisi (Latrobe, Pa./Greater Latrobe) from the baseball team, as well as seniors Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local) and Wyssmy Despagne (Riverdale, Pa./Parkdale) from the track and field program.
Other nominees on the women’s side included senior Kayla Kelly (Pasadena, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) from the softball program, as well as senior Maria Jackson-McBride (Spotsylvania, Va./West Potomac) and freshman Patience Frazier (Washington, Pa./Washington) from the track and field team.