Two Minute Drill: Redhawk Student-Athletes Awarded Conference & National Honors

Feb 18, 2021

Several Redhawk student-athletes earned recognition this week: Sophomore libero Tara Beilsmith was named the Ohio Valley Conference Volleyball Co-Defensive Player of the Week; senior guard Tesia Thompson was named the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week; and baseball senior Tyler Wilber was ranked among the best shortstops in the nation by D1 Baseball.

Beilsmith led the Redhawks defense with 41 digs in two matches Sunday as SEMO swept Eastern Kentucky. The Weldon Spring, Missouri native, posted 16 digs in the doubleheader opener before tallying a season-best 25 in the afternoon tilt. She added eight assists and two service aces.

Thompson, paced the Redhawks women’s basketball offense this past week with 56 points (18.7ppg) as SEMO won two of its three road contests. She averaged a double-double for the week, chipping in 33 rebounds (11.0rpg).

Thompson opened the week with a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds at Belmont before finishing the week with back-to-back 20-plus point outings in consecutive day games.

A native of Los Alamitos, California, Wilber was rated the 17th best shortstop in the nation by D1 Baseball. Last year, Wilber ranked atop the Ohio Valley Conference in runs scored and ranked second in doubles, total bases (48) and total plate appearances (85) when play was suspended. Nationally, he ranked second in runs scored, fourth in runs per game (1.53) and ninth in total bases.

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