Tuttle rides her way to Tornado Athlete of the Week honors

Brevard, N.C. - Brevard College cyclist Jo Tuttle has been named this week’s Tornado Athlete of the Week. Tuttle won the popular vote, receiving 17 of the 29 votes (58.6%) cast in becoming the first cyclist to win the award this year.

Tuttle won the individual title in the Four-Cross event out in Truckee, Calif. at the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships on her way to her second straight individual Omnium national title as she led the 12-man squad to the Tornados first team National Championship since the cycling program was started four years ago.

Other nominees this week were football’s Derek Church who finished in second with 31.0% of the vote after scoring two rushing touchdowns in the Tornados loss to Mars Hill, Allie Hovis from women’s soccer who received 6.9% of the vote after scoring her seventh goal of the season in the 1-1 tie to the Lions and volleyball’s Chelsea Larsen who received 3.4% of the vote after recording 19 kills, 9 digs and five blocks last week.

2009-2010 Brevard Tornado Athlete of the Week Winners
Week 1 – Brooke Seaman, Volleyball (34 kills, 41.3% hitting percentage, 13 total blocks, six service aces as Tornados go 3-0 on the week)
Week 2 – Bailey Varley, Women's Soccer (Three goals, including the game winner in double overtime as the Tornados advanced to 3-0)
Week 3 – Stanley Jones, Football (16 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, as the Tornados move to 3-0 on the season)
Week 4 – Michael Gist, Football (5 tackles, 2 interceptions, including one he ran back 87 yards for a TD
Week 5 – Brooke Seaman, Volleyball (27 kills, 31.7 hitting percentage, 13 total blocks, 2 service aces as the Tornados go 2-1 on the week)
Week 6 – Rebecca Schoonover, Volleyball (68 digs in three matches, averaging 22.7 per match.)
Week 7 – Eric Watts, game winning TD catch, two catches for 67 yards, launched a 75 yard punt in the second quarter, averaged 45.4 yards per punt.
Week 8 – Jo Tuttle, Overall National Champion in Mountain Bike, National Champion in the Four-Cross event.
Week 9 - TBA

The Tornado Athlete of the Week Poll comes out every Monday morning and will run until Tuesday at noon. For more information on the poll, contact the Brevard Sports Information Department.

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