Washington University Has Five Earn UAA Athlete of the Week Honors
St. Louis, Mo., November 2, 2010 – Washington University in St. Louis had five student-athletes earn University Athletic Association (UAA) Athlete of the Week honors, as announced by the Association.
Junior Lauren Budde of the No. 1 ranked volleyball team, junior Michael Burnstein of the No. 9 ranked men’s cross country team and junior punter Austin Morman, senior running back Jim O’Brien and freshman defensive back Scott O’Brien of the football team each earned the honor.
Budde led the Washington University volleyball team to a 5-0 record last week. The Bears swept Webster University on Tuesday, and posted a perfect 4-0 mark at the Washington University Invitational on Friday and Saturday. She recorded 58 kills, an average of 3.62 per set, in addition to 18 total blocks, an average of 1.12 per set and 41 digs. Budde also registered the first triple-double of her career, tallying 13 kills, 11 digs and 10 blocks in a 3-0 win over Dominican on Friday.
Burnstein led the men's cross country team to its first UAA championship since 2003, picking up the individual title at the championship meet on Saturday at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, N.Y. He completed the difficult 8K course in 25:40.18, overtaking New York University's Andrew Zitek in the final half mile to edge the Violet's top finisher by just 0.67. Burnstein is the second student-athlete in school history to win the UAA men's cross country individual title, and the first to accomplish the feat since 1999.
Morman averaged 46.2 yards on five punts in the Bears’ 20-13 overtime victory over Carnegie Mellon University on Saturday. Morman, who landed two kicks inside the 20-yard line and had a long of 53 yards, leads the conference and ranks ninth in Division III averaging 42.4 per punt.
Jim O’Brien rushed for 113 yards on 17 carries and the game-winning touchdown against Carnegie Mellon. He carried the ball two times for 25 yards in the extra period, including a 15-yard TD run on the second play in overtime. O’Brien also moved into third place on the Washington University all-time rushing list with 2,304 yards.
Scott O’Brien made a career-high seven tackles and made a game-saving interception against Carnegie Mellon. O’Brien, who also had 1.5 sacks and 1.5 tackles for loss in the win, intercepted CMU quarterback Rob Kalkstein in the end zone on the Tartans’ second play in overtime. The interception for O’Brien was the second of his career.