ARKADELPHIA -- Henderson State junior quarterback Richard Stammetti and sophomore cornerback were named Great American Conference Players of the Week after leading the Reddies to a 38-31 overtime win on Saturday against Arkansas Tech in Russellville.
Stammetti, of Las Vegas, rallied the Reddies (1-1) to an overtime victory against the Wonder Boys (0-2) as he drove the team down for the tying score in the final minute of regulation and scored the winning touchdown on a two-yard rush. He threw for 315 yards and four scores as he accounted for all five Henderson State touchdowns.
Gipson, of Tyler, Texas, had five tackles on the night and flashed on special teams throughout the overtime win. He made the biggest special teams play of the game when he blocked an Arkansas Tech 32-yard field goal attempt near the end of the first half to keep three potential points off the board.
This week is the first time since 2015 Henderson had multiple GAC honorees in the same week.
Three volleyball players for Henderson (10-2) were also nominated for GAC awards after the Reddies went 4-0 at the Union University Invitational to extend their winning streak to nine matches. Junior outside hitter Courtney Bolf was nominated for the offensive award after averaging 3.43 kills per set, junior libero Gigi Garramone was nominated for the defensive award with 52 digs in four matches a week after receiving the honor and freshman Taylor Scalzi was nominated for the setter award after a career-high 37 assists against Union (3-10).
Junior outside hitter Katie Camp, of Ouachita Baptist (10-3), was nominated for the offensive award after notching her first career double-double with 54 kills in five matches and a .286 hitting percentage. Camp was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Newman University Jet Classic in Wichita, Kansas.
Ouachita sophomore Julianna Mack was nominated for the defensive award with 77 digs during the Jet Classic. Senior Stormi Leonard was nominated for the setter award after recording her fourth double-double and record 134 assists in four matches.
Arkansas Tech sophomore Mackenzie Eford was named the Offensive Player of the Week. Also nominated were Southern Arkansas' Rylea Brimhall, Northwestern Oklahoma State's Kiauna Clark, Harding's Emily Clayton, East Central's Karina Erreguin, Southwestern Oklahoma State's Elizabeth McVicker, Southern Nazarene's Bailee Turang and Oklahoma Baptist's Taylor Williams.
The Defensive Player of the Week is Southwestern junior libero Kaitlyn Dillon. Also nominated were Southern Arkansas' Camryn Bihary, Northwestern's Dani Dagley, Arkansas Tech's Meredith Darnell, Harding's Zoe Hardin, Oklahoma Baptist's Brecken Roquemore and Southern Nazarene's Kayla Thomas.
Southern Nazarene junior Kylie Smith earned Setter of the Week honors. The other nominees were East Central's Sydney Dungen, Northwestern's Cassidy Hackett, Harding's Rachel Heussner, Southwestern's Allie Hoang, Arkansas Tech's Amanda Milnick and Southern Arkansas' Caitlin Murdock.
Three players for Ouachita Baptist (2-0) were nominated for football awards following the Tigers' dominant 41-8 victory Saturday at home against Southwestern (1-1). Junior running back Kris Oliver ran for 127 yards and three touchdowns, sophomore defensive back Hayden Lassiter made five tackles and an interception and Cole Antley was perfect on five extra point kicks to go with two field goals.
Ouachita is set to travel to Durant, Okla., on Saturday to face Southeastern Oklahoma State (1-1).
Henderson redshirt senior linebacker Cameron Sonnier also earned a nomination with 13 tackles, two tackles for a loss and an interception against Arkansas Tech. The Reddies are scheduled for another road game on Saturday in Alva, Okla., against Northwestern (0-2).
The Defensive Player of the Week is Southern Arkansas junior linebacker Malik Preston. Also nominated were Oklahoma Baptist safety Felipe Alvear, Southern Nazarene linebacker Angel Hernandez, Arkansas Tech linebacker K.J. Reid, Harding defensive back Dra Smith, Northwestern linebacker Maurice Wright and Arkansas-Monticello linebacker Brandon Young.
Offensive nominees included Arkansas Tech quarterback Carter Burcham, Northwestern wide receiver Gavin Garner, Southern Arkansas quarterback Barrett Renner, Oklahoma Baptist wide receiver Cagney Roberson, Arkansas-Monticello quarterback Cole Sears and Southern Nazarene quarterback Jacob Spady. The other nominees for the special teams award were Southern Nazarene's Lakeem Christmas, Arkansas Tech's Christian Cole, Oklahoma Baptist kicker Luke Wendl and Southern Nazarene punter Jordan White.Sports on 09/12/2018
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