2 McMurry Athletes Honored By NCCAA

Published 04/09 2014 09:18PM

Updated 04/09 2014 09:20PM

GREENVILLE, S.C. – McMurry University freshman women’s tennis player Chloe Patterson (Spring, Texas) and sophomore woman’s track and field thrower LaNissa Burns (Austin, Texas) have been named as the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) “Player of the Week” in their respective sports for the period ending April 6, it was announced today by the NCCAA national office.
Patterson, helped the War Hawks’ team to its season-best fourth-consecutive victory on Saturday morning over Texas A&M UNiversity-Kingsville, 5-4 (before losing to perennial power Trinity in the team’s afternoon match). McM also defeated Our Lady of the Lake University last Friday, 9-0.
With the team scored tied 4-4 versus TAMUK, the match decider came via Patterson, who came out on top in a three-set match at No. 3 singles. Patterson dropped set one to Kingsville's Tabata Lua Cervantes, 6-1, but bounced back to win the second, 6-4. In the deciding third-set tiebreaker, Patterson notched a 10-5 win.
Patterson was 2-0 on the week in singles, playing No. 1 versus OLLU and rolling to a 6-0, 6-0 victory. In the team’s loss at Trinity, Patterson was up a set at No. 3 singles when play was suspended with Trinity already having secured the team win.
Patterson also teamed with fellow freshman Madison Hathorn to go 1-1 in doubles action. The duo blanked Our Lady of the Lake, 8-0, and lost to Trinity (8-2).
On the year, Patterson has a four-match win streak in singles play. She and Hathorn also sport McM’s most wins among doubles tandems (6).
Patterson is a kinesiology major, with an emphasis on physical therapy and athletic training
Burns had a busy day for the War Hawks at the prestigious David Noble Relays last Saturday, hosted by Angelo State University. Ranked as the USTFCCCA "National Meet of the Week" for NCAA II, Burns had a total of three top-5 finishes on the day.
Burns had a career-best mark in the hammer, placing fourth, with a toss of 42.39 meters (140’9”), ranking her 10th in the NCCAA.  She also threw for 12.55 meters (41’ 2 ¼”) in the shot put, which was fifth in the competition and is the second best effort in the NCCAA this season.
She was also fifth in the discus at the Noble Relays, which ranked 8th in the NCCAA, heaving the implement 39.29 meters (128’ 10”).
Burns is a Life Science major at McMurry.

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