Smithson, Soucie Simply Super, Named Jayhawks of the Week
Kansas student-athletes Fish Smithson (football) and Tayler Soucie (volleyball) both turned in their respective team’s top defensive effort over the weekend and were named KUAthletics.com’s Jayhawks of the Week on Monday.
Fish Smithson, Sr., Baltimore, Md.
Smithson posted his busiest game as a Jayhawk when he tallied a career-high 12 tackles, broke up a pass and forced a fumble Saturday against Memphis. Smithson’s previous career best for stops was nine against Baylor last year, his first season at Kansas after transferring from Hartnell College. Smithson’s forced fumble occurred with 3:40 left in the game and was the third loose ball caused by the Kansas defense against the Tigers.
Tayler Soucie, Jr., Osawatomie, Kan.
Soucie totaled 15 blocks in three matches at Pistol Pete’s Showdown over the weekend, helping KU remain undefeated (9-0) during the program’s second-best start in program history. Soucie’s season-high nine blocks against Wyoming led KU’s defensive effort, which held the tournament host to a .030 attack percentage and contributed to its first home loss. Soucie earned All-Tournament honors for her dominant presence at the net, helping KU limit opponents to a .141 attack percentage during the three matches.