Washington University Lands Five UAA Athletes of the Week
St. Louis, Mo., October 15, 2012 – Five student-athletes from Washington University in St. Louis were named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athletes of the Week for their respective sports, as announced Monday by the Association.
Senior punter Eric Chalifour and junior defensive lineman Seth Wight of the football team, sophomore Lucy Cheadle of the No. 6-ranked women’s cross country team, and senior outside hitter Drew Hargrave and senior libero Kelly Pang of the No. 1-ranked volleyball team each received Athlete of the Week accolades.
Chalifour earned UAA Football Special Teams Athlete of the Week honors after a career day for Washington U. on special teams, with nine punts for a 43.8-yard average in the Bears’ 34-14 loss to No. 15 Wabash on Saturday. He had a career-long 65-yard punt in the third quarter, and also had two punts land inside the 20-yard line. Chalifour and the Bears’ punt team ranks 10th in NCAA Division III out of 239 teams in net punting (36.79).
Cheadle picked up UAA Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors for the third time this season. She placed third out of 500 runners to lead the Washington U. women to a sixth-place team finish out of 37 teams at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational. Cheadle finished the 6K course in 21:35.41, which was just seven seconds off her career-best time. She also earned UAA Athlete of the Week honors on Sept. 4 and Oct. 1 this season.
Hargrave received the UAA Volleyball Offensive Athlete of the Week for the third time in 2012 and second week in a row after leading Washington U. to a 3-1 record at the second UAA Round Robin on Saturday and Sunday in Pittsburgh. She recorded 56 kills in 15 sets for an average of 3.73 kills per set in the Bears’ four matches. Hargrave had a team-high 19 kills against No. 12 Chicago, and tallied 20 kills and four blocks in Washington U.’s five-set win over No. 6 Emory. Over the weekend, Hargrave also moved into 10th on Washington University’s all-time career attacks list, bringing her total to 2,922. She was previously named UAA Athlete of the Week on Sept. 17 and Oct. 8.
Pang was named the UAA Volleyball Defensive Athlete of the Week for the fifth time this season after a record-breaking weekend at the UAA Round Robin. She recorded 47 digs in the Bears’ five-set loss to No. 12 University of Chicago on Saturday, breaking her previous single-match school record of 36 digs set against Emory University on Oct. 14, 2011. The total tied her for second among Division III players this season for most digs in a match. Pang also topped her previous school record with 37 digs in Washington U.’s five-set win over No. 6 Emory on Sunday. She averaged 7.47 digs per set in four matches on the weekend, and also tallied six assists and four aces. Pang also received Athlete of the Week honors on Sept. 4, 10, 17 and Oct. 1.
Wight was selected as the UAA Football Defensive Athlete of the Week, becoming the fourth different player for the Bears to earn that honor this season. He made a career-high five solo tackles and added two tackles for loss and a sack in Washington U.’s 34-14 loss to No. 15 Wabash.