Female Athlete of the Week -- Joise Maldonado-- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending Sept. 18 --
Joise Maldonado, a freshman from Puerto Rico, had a pretty good week in helping the Cougars to a 5-0 week. Joise, in the five matches, finished with 27 kills and nine kills. While it wasn't the team leader, Joise came up with some big kills in matches. She finished with seven kills each against No. 8 Salt Lake and honorable mention Northwest. In the win against Northwest, Joise hit .467.
Male Athlete of the Week -- Gage Smith-- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending September 18 --
Gage Smith, a sophomore from Gering, only scored one goal for the Cougars last week, but the goal that he scored was a goal that was outstanding. The goal, in fact, helped the Cougars tie Northwest late in the game at 5-5 after Gage took a shot from about 35 feet out and air lifted the ball to the goal, where it sailed over the goalkeeper in the upper 90. WNCC lost to Northwest in the final seconds, but Gage's goal would have sent the match into overtime.