by Brandon Loiler, Sports Information Assistant
SPOKANE, Wash. - Four Pirates were honored by the Northwest Conference as Student-Athletes of the Week for their performances during the week of March 13-19. Bella Hoyos for the third consecutive week was honored as the Women's Tennis SAOW, Matt Nelson for baseball position, Jacob Hubbard for men's field, and Sarah Cool of women's track.
Bella Hoyos (Sr., Bellingham, Wash.), at the No. 1 spot for singles and doubles, won all of her matches against Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound. She took the singles matches over PLU's Caroline Dreher 6-3 and 6-3 and UPS's Lisa Owen 6-3 and 7-5. She teamed up with Jennifer Adams to take down both Loggers and Lutes No. 1 doubles 9-8 and 8-1. Hoyos improves to 6-1 in singles and is currently riding a five match win-streak.
Matthew Nelson (Sr., Spokane, Wash.) batted .571, driving in seven runs, hitting two home runs, and scoring four times en route to a 2-2 weekend against visiting #12 Pacific Lutheran. He went 8-14 for the weekend, including 4-5 with a home run, two runs, and three RBIs in a 17-5 win in game four. Nelson leads the conference in home runs with seven and is tied for most RBIs with 28.
Jacob Hubbard (So., Eugene, Ore.) threw a NWC leading distance in the hammer throw at Saturday's Buc Scoring Meet hosted by Whitworth. He finished third at the meet behind Div. I and II competition with a 52.68m (169' 7") throw. His mark ranks fourth in NCAA Div. III.
Sarah Cool (Fr., Ketchikan, Alaska) sprinted her way to a Whitworth school-record in the 400-meter dash in 58.44. She won the race and now leads the Northwest Conference in the event and ranks fourth in the natino. Her time of 58.44 beat out Katie McKay (2016) who took the school-record just last year in 58.56. At the Buc Scoring Meet, she also finished second in the 200 dash in 26.43.
Bellingham, Wash. / Bellingham HS
Hoyos had another perfect weekend to earn NWC honors for the third straight week, winning both of her #1 singles matches in straight sets. She has won five singles in a row to improve her season record to 6-3. She and Jennifer Adams won both of their #1 doubles matches as well. Her singles wins came over Pacific Lutheran's Caroline Dreher 6-3, 6-3, and Puget Sound's Lisa Owen 6-3, 7-5. In doubles, she was victorious over PLU's Dreher and Megan Beyers 8-1, and UPS's Owen and Nicole Bouche 9-8.
Spokane, Wash. / Mead HS
Nelson led the Pirates in hits, home runs and RBIs as Whitworth split a four-game series with first-place Pacific Lutheran. He batted .571 (8-14) with a double, two home runs, four runs scored and seven RBIs. He slugged 1.071, and drew five walks to boost his on base percentage to .684. He went 3-3 with a homer and three RBIs in a 10-3 second-game loss on Saturday. On Sunday, he was 1-3 with an RBI in a 5-4 game one win, and 4-5 with a double, homer, two runs and three RBIs in a 17-5 series-ending win. He leads the NWC in home runs with seven and is tied for the league lead with 28 RBIs.
Senior, Hammer throw
Eugene, Ore. / Marist Catholic HS
Hubbard threw the hammer 169-7 / 51.68m at the Buc Scoring Meet on Saturday in Spokane, Wash., a mark that now leads the NWC by six feet and ranks fourth on the NCAA Division III national performance chart. He finished third in a field that included Division I and Division II throwers from Eastern Washington and Central Washington as well.
Ketchikan, Alaska / Ketchikan HS
Cool won the 400 meter dash with a time of 58.44 at the Buc Scoring Meet in Spokane, Wash., on Saturday, a mark that now leads the NWC and stands fourth on the NCAA Division III national performance list. She finished second in the 200 meter dash in a time of 26.43, which ranks second in the conference and 23rd nationally.