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Published: Wednesday, March 23 2011 12:44 a.m. MDT

UTAH VALLEY

BASEBALL: Senior outfielder Chris Benson has been named the Great West Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

Benson hit at a .533 clip (8-for-15) in last weekend's three-game set against Southern Utah. He had multi-hit games in each contest during the series, going 3-for-5 with three RBI and two steals in the opener, 2-for-4 in second game and closing out the weekend with a 3-for-6 effort in the wild, come-from-behind 13-11 victory over SUU in 10 innings.

Benson helped UVU overcome an 11-1 deficit in defeating the Thunderbirds in extra innings by doubling with two outs in the 10th, raising his season average to .412.

SOFTBALL: Josi Summers and Samantha Telarroja have been named the Pacific Coast Softball Conference (PCSC) Mountain Division Players of the Week after outstanding performances at Loyola Marymount's Marina International Hotel Showcase last weekend. Summers was named the pitcher of the week while Telarroja was named the player.

The award is both athletes first weekly honor of their careers.

The freshman RHP Summers (Tremonton, Utah) went 1-1 with a 3.65 ERA (15.1 IP, 8 ER) in three appearances, including two starts, last week. Summers tossed complete games in her two starts against Loyola Marymount (W, 8.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 SO) and North Dakota (L, 6.0 IP, 8 H 8 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO). The nine strikeouts against the Lions was a season-high. For the season, Summers has made 11 appearances, including nine starts. She is 2-8 with a 6.26 ERA (46.1 IP, 41 ER) with five complete games.

The senior shortstop Telarroja (Claremont, Calif.) hit .417, going 5-for-12 with two HRs and three RBI in four games last week. She also scored three runs, stole two bases and walked three times to record a .500 OBA. Telarroja opened the week going 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI in an 11-7 loss to Bethune-Cookman. In the Wolverines' 5-3 extra-inning win over Loyola Marymount, Telarroja went 2-for-4 with a big fly. For the season, she is now tied atop the team with three home runs.

SOUTHERN UTAH

TRACK: Cameron Levins garnered Summit League Athlete of the Week honors after setting a new school record in the 5,000-meter run at the Distance Carnival on Mar. 11.

Levins' raced to a first-place finish in the 5,000-meters with a time of 13:49.82, the fastest in the conference and nation. Levins' time also ranks first in Southern Utah's top-ten all-time records, shaving almost eight seconds off his own record of 13:57.60, set the previous week at the UNLV Invitational.

BYU

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL: The Cougars return to the Smith Fieldhouse after almost a full month away with two matches against eighth-ranked Hawaii on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m.

The Cougars split their last weekend series with Cal State Northridge on a 0-3 and 3-0 score on Friday and Saturday, respectively, to bring them to their 14-7 overall record.

Junior Robb Stowell leads the BYU attack on 296 kills and an overall . 324 hitting percentage. Taylor Sander, Alex DaPron and Futi Tavana are also recording double-digit kills with 245, 129 and 163, respectively, while Tavana is currently the only BYU player to have recorded over 100 blocks this season with 110 total.

Setter Joe Kauliakamoa has recorded 635 assists this season as he paces the Cougar offense on an average of 9.48 per set. Setter Ryan Boyce has recently been splitting time with Kauliakamoa and has totaled 174 assists, and a 3.95 average per set.

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