Pacific athletes of the week
Lynnette GrantVolleyball Taegu American
Last week:Recorded 38 spike kills in 95 attempts, leading the Warriors (11-0) to two victories that helped secure their first outright league title. The Warriors shared the 1999 conference crown with Seoul American and Seoul Foreign.
The senior had 14 block points and 15 defensive digs Saturday as the Warriors swept the season series from Seoul American for the first time.
Taegu was defeated 15-25, 25-23, 25-23, 20-25, 15-12 by Seoul Foreign on Friday, but the Crusaders were forced to forfeit after it was discovered they illegally used a junior varsity player.
“She is one of those athletes every coach wants on their team,” said Warriors coach Jennifer Sharp. “She’s powerful, extremely athletic and competitive. If her intensity is up, the team feeds off of her. Her defense is amazingly good. She has no fear of hitting the ground and her reach is so amazing, balls rarely get by her.”
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff.
Matthew EvansCross country Guam High School
Last week:Captured the Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association of Guam’s All-Island championship, covering the 3-mile course at Tiyan Field in 15 minutes, 31 seconds.
His 44-second victory capped a 10-0 season after finishing second in the league the past two years. The senior, who placed eighth in last year’s Far East meet at Misawa Air Base, Japan, posted his best regular-season time (17:03) on Sept. 29 at George Washington in Mangilao.
“In all the years I’ve been coaching cross country, Matt Evans, without reservation, is one of the best runners I’ve coached,” said Joe Taitano, in his first year with the Panthers after nearly 30 years at John F. Kennedy. “He is a dedicated athlete and very coachable. His ability to learn, listen, persevere and perform at a high level makes him one of the top athletes on the island.”