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Football - Mon, Oct. 31, 2016
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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – Union College seniors Serge Vita (SR/Pasadena, Calif.) and Alex Sigmon (SR/Bristol, Tenn.) earned Mid-South Conference (MSC) East Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week honors, the league announced Monday.

The duo played major roles in Union's 20-7 MSC East victory over Pikeville (Ky.) on Saturday.

This is Vita's second career weekly award, receiving both this season. This is Sigmon's first weekly honor this season and his second career award. Sigmon earned the honor as a freshman on Oct. 28, 2013.

Vita recorded a career-high 14 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks. He anchored a Bulldog defense, which allowed only 246 yards in total offense despite being on the field for over 35 minutes. Pikeville reeled off 79 offensive plays but averaged only 3.1 yards per play.

"Serge continues to show why he's one of the best defensive players in the NAIA," said Union coach Zak Willis. "He's model student-athlete, and we are so very proud of him."

On the season, Vita leads the NAIA in tackles for a loss with 19.5. He is also fifth nationally in sacks at 9.5. Vita is third on the team in total tackles with 72.

Sigmon averaged only 35.9 yards per punt with a long of 49 on Saturday, but he was able to continually put Pikeville in difficult field positions. Punting eight times for a total of 287 yards, Sigmon pinned the Bears inside the 20 twice. For the game, Pikeville's average starting position was its own 25, but that average dropped to its own 19 following a Sigmon punt.

"Alex is a prime example of what hard work, perseverance and a great attitude can accomplish. I could not be more proud of him," said Willis.

For the year, Sigmon averages 37.5 yards per punt, having punted 36 times for 1,349 yards. He ranks 35th nationally in yards per punt and has a long punt of 58 yards.

The Bulldogs are 4-5 overall and 3-2 in MSC East play. Union travels to Bluefield (Va.) on Saturday for its final MSC East game of the season. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.