FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Hannah Brister and Megan Lohmiller are the Southland Conference Volleyball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday.The Lady Demons (16-8, 8-2 SLC) closed out a 1-1 record at home last week, winning four out of the seven sets and retaining their second-place position in conference standings. Brister charged the NSU offense with 44 kills, including a career-best 24 against Abilene Christian Thursday night. Lohmiller tacked on 39 digs for the week in order to help Northwestern State limit opponents to a .247 hitting percentage.The honors mark the fourth of the season for Brister and the third for Lohmiller. The sweep marks the second of the season for the Lady Demon duo.Offensive Player of the Week: Hannah Brister, Northwestern State – Jr. – Outside Hitter – Paincourtville, La.Brister landed an impressive 44 kills, averaging 6.3 per set and a .350 hitting percentage in two matches for the Lady Demons. She tied a career-high 24 kills in the Lady Demons sweep of Abilene Christian, marking the third time she has reached the mark this season. She also hit an astounding .600 against the Wildcats and notched back-to-back sets with 10 or more kills.The junior then followed up with an equally impressive outing against Stephen F. Austin. Her 20 kills helped the Lady Demons end SFA’s 37-set win streak and marked the first time any Southland player has registered more than 15 kills in a match against the Ladyjacks this season.Honorable Mention: Abbie Harry, Central Arkansas; Morgan Dewyer, Houston Baptist; Danae Daron, Stephen F. Austin; Rachel Young, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Defensive Player of the Week: Megan Lohmiller, Northwestern State – Sr. – Libero – Heath, TexasLohmiller once again led the Northwestern State defense throughout the week, this time setting a career-best 28 digs against the Ladyjacks on Saturday. In the win against Abilene Christian, the senior bolstered the Lady Demon defense in order to hold the Wildcats to a .154 team hitting percentage. Lohmiller logged 39 digs on the week for a 5.6 digs-per-set average.Honorable Mention: Hannah Lewis, Houston Baptist; Maddie Miller, Stephen F. Austin; Carissa Barnes, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
Stay on target Franky “Flyboard” Zapata failed his first attempt to cross the English Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard.The former jet ski champion fell into the sea while trying to refuel halfway across the water.A member of the Frenchman’s team said the movement of the waves required perfect timing, and the landing platform apparently shifted slightly as Zapata descended.AdChoices广告“We’re talking about a few centimeters,” they said. “It’s an enormous disappointment … but he will definitely try again.”Zapata was wearing a life jacket and was not harmed.The 40-year-old inventor hoped to succeed in what he called a “kid’s dream” on the 110th anniversary of the first airplane flight across the Channel by Louis Blériot (who won a £1,000 prize for his achievement).“I’ve always been a fan of Blériot and I was looking for a new challenge,” Zapata told The Guardian. “If we can cross the Channel on the 110th anniversary … it’s a crazy challenge.”One that French maritime authorities initially refused to approve, saying it was too dangerous to fly over one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, as reported by The Guardian.Coastal officials on Wednesday authorized the stunt after Zapata convinced them of his safety.One small glide for man…A day later, in front of throngs of onlookers, Zapata and his Flyboard Air took off from a beach in Sangette at 9:05 a.m. local time, his sights set on the landing site at St. Margaret’s Bay near Dover.He was expected to make the 22-mile crossing at an average speed of 87 mph and an altitude of 50 to 65 feet above sea level.Zapata covered 11 miles in about 10 minutes, reaching the refueling vessel as planned. The slight movement of the landing platform, however, threw him off balance and sent him ass over tit into the Channel.According to The Guardian, Zapata—who wanted to refuel his jet-propelled hoverboard in mid-air—was furious, blaming the French maritime officials who refused his request for the failure.(The Brits, meanwhile, couldn’t be bothered either way, as long as citizens weren’t at risk.)Zapata recently wowed crowds—including French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel—when he flew over Paris’s Bastille Day military parade on July 14.Record setterMarty McFly ain’t got nothin’ on Franky Zapata: The military reservist in 2016 set a new Guinness World Record for the farthest hoverboard flight.During an attempt off the coast of Sausset-les-Pins, Zapata achieved a new benchmark distance of 2,252 meters (7,388 feet).Riding the Flyboard Air—an unconventional-looking hovercraft developed by his company Zapata Racing—the 37-year-old shattered Canadian inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru’s previous record for 275.9 meters (905 feet, 2 inches), set in 2015.The French daredevil previously set the world record for most backflips with a water jet pack in one minute. His record of 26 was later beaten by Beijing’s Liu He, who managed 27.More on Geek.com:Amazon Sued After Hoverboard Burns Down Million-Dollar HouseLexus Slide Hoverboard Really WorksTony Hawk Does Tricks on a Real-Life Hoverboard Watch: French Daredevil Crosses English Channel on HoverboardMr Hoverboard is a cheaper way to be Marty McFly