Denise Mendoza and Jens Bendiksen Named JWU Athletics Wildcats of the Week (Week 4)

Denise Mendoza and Jens Bendiksen Named JWU Athletics Wildcats of the Week (Week 4)

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (September 16, 2018) – Women's soccer freshman Denise Mendoza and men's golf junior Jens Bendiksen have been named JWU Athletics Wildcat of the Week for the week ending September 15 announced on Monday.

The Wildcats of the Week honor is a weekly award given to the top performing student-athlete among the 11 intercollegiate sports sponsored at JWU. Awarded to the top male and female student-athlete each week by the JWU Athletic Department, those named the Wildcat of the Week will become eligible to be named the Sergio's Player of the Month for the corresponding month. 

Mendoza, a freshman goalkeeper, was named the Sun Conference Defensive Player of the Week this past week. Mendoza earned the first shutout of her collegiate career as JWU defeated Florida Memorial, 6-0, on Saturday, September 16. The native of Hialeah, Florida, made three saves as the Wildcats improved to 4-0-0 on the year (the best start in program history). Mendoza also improved to 4-0-0 on the year, having won each of her first four starts with the Wildcats. On the year, Mendoza is has registered a goals-against-average of 1.00 with 16 total saves and a save percentage of .800. She ranks No. 4 in the conference in total saves, No. 4 in goals-against-average, and No.3 in saves-per-game (4.00).

Bendiksen, a junior golfer, placed ninth in the final individual standings of the The Doc Glimmer tournament hosted by St. John's this past weekend. The native of Stavanger, Norway, shot a 1-under 209 at Bethpage State Park (Red Course) (par 70, 7092 yards) to guide the Wildcats to a seventh-place finish. After shooting a round-one 75, Bendiksen posted a 5-under 69 in the second round and a 1-under 69 during the final round for his first red score of the season.

Honorable mention: Savannah Jackson (women's soccer) – Scored four goals in a 6-0 win over Florida Memorial; Vitoria Nicolau (volleyball) – Finished the past week 29 total kills (3.22 per game) and 41 total digs (4.56); Sharell Nairn (volleyball) – Finished this past week averaging a 4.22 digs per-set (38 total) with two total blocks; Vanessa Orozco (volleyball) – Finished last week, with 59 assists for an averaging of 6.56 per-set.

Wildcats of the Week
Week 4 (Sept. 16, 2019) – Denise Mendoza (Women's Soccer); Jens Bendiksen (Men's Golf)
Week 3 (Sept. 9, 2019) – N/A
Week 2 (Sept. 4, 2019) Savannah Jackson (Women's Soccer)
Week 1 (Aug. 26, 2018) – Savannah Jackson (Women's Soccer)