POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Pearl River freshmen Shande James (Trench Town, Jamaica; Clarendon College) and Isabella Thoennes (Kiln; Hancock) are the latest Forrest Health Wildcats of the Week. Thoennes is the first volleyball standout to win the honor. James joins Miguel Hernandez (Gulfport), John Bowman (Bay St. Louis; Bay) and Taja Brown (Water House, Jamaica; Clarendon College) as men's soccer players who have been selected.
Thoennes has been one of coach Haley Chatham's most consistent players during the program's debut season.
Although the Wildcats (6-9 overall) fell at Pensacola State College on Monday, they pushed Coastal Alabama-South to five sets on Wednesday — a first in the young program's history — and then proceeded to roll past Judson College on the road last Friday.
Thoennes racked up 24 kills, 12 digs, two block assists and one solo block on the week. Her best performance came in the 3-2 loss to Coastal Alabama-South, when she tallied 13 kills and five digs.
Through 15 matches, Thoennes is second on the team with 101 kills.
The Wildcats hit the road Friday for a 6 p.m. contest at Pensacola Christian. PRCC returns home for two matches next week, hosting Pensacola State College at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 and then playing Southern Union State at 2 p.m. Oct. 11.
James came up huge for Pearl River in its 3-2 double-overtime victoryat Itawamba last week.
After a scoreless first overtime frame, coach Drew Gallant made the decision to move the skillful midfielder up to winger for the first time this season. The change paid off big time as James broke in on goal minutes into the second frame and calmly placed the ball past the exposed keeper. James also netted an assist in the victory.
The goal gives James a share of the team lead with five.
The Wildcats have a big week ahead. PRCC visits Meridian Tuesday for a 5 p.m. kickoff before hosting rival Gulf Coast on Friday. The doubleheader against MGCCC will start at 5 p.m.
HOW TO TUNE IN
All home events are broadcast on PRCCAthletics.com and PRCCMedia.com. Anyone who has an Amazon Fire or Roku device can stream PRCC broadcasts by downloading the "Pearl River CC" Channel from the app store.
2019-20 FORREST HEALTH WILDCATS OF THE WEEK WINNERS
Sept. 2: Terrence Humphrey (football), Maddie Beets (women's soccer)
Sept. 9: Taja Brown (women's soccer), Victoria Stewart (women's soccer)
Sept. 16: John Bowman (men's soccer), Jade Shaw (women's soccer)
Sept. 23: Miguel Hernandez (men's soccer), Paige Horsnell (women's soccer)
Sept. 30: Shande James (men's soccer), Isabella Thoennes (volleyball)