Freshman setter Jyra Churchill, a former East Ascension standout, was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Week.


Freshman setter Jyra Churchill, a former East Ascension standout, was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Week.

Churchill had 91 assists, 21 digs and three aces as the Texas Southern Tigers went 2-2 in Louisiana. She had 38 assists and nine digs in a 3-2 win over Mississippi Valley State, and had 29 assists in a loss to Alabama State at the Southern University Tournament.

Churchill ranks fourth in the SWAC in assists per set at 5.91. She has 390 assists in 66 sets this season. Her career-high is 40 assists, which came in a five-set match against Mississippi Valley on Sept. 4.

Texas Southern hosted Southern on “Volley for the Cure Night” Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Members from TSU’s athletic department were honored for their fight against cancer, and t-shirts were given away to fans.