Four from Washington University Named UAA Athletes of the Week
St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 3, 2013 – Four student-athletes from Washington University in St. Louis were selected as the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athletes of the Week for their respective sports, as announced Tuesday by the Association.
The four honorees from Washington U. included senior outside hitter Meghan Byrne of the No. 7-ranked volleyball team, freshman forward Katie Chandler and sophomore goalkeeper Amy French of the No. 4 women’s soccer team, and junior Drew Padgett of the No. 4 men’s cross country team.
Byrne was tabbed the UAA Volleyball Athlete of the Week for the third time in her career after helping Washington U. open the season with five wins. She averaged 3.43 kills per set while hitting .349, and also tallied 12 service aces in four matches over the weekend. Byrne recorded a career-high 22 kills on 37 attacks in the Bears’ season opener, becoming the 23rd player in school history to surpass 1,000 career kills. She now sits 21st on the Washington U. all-time leaderboard with 1,033 career kills. Byrne also equaled her career-high of four service aces twice – against Webster University Friday and Iowa Wesleyan College Sunday. She was named to the Labor Day Classic all-tournament team. Byrne previously received UAA Athlete of the Week honors twice as a freshman in 2010. She shared this week’s honor with Emory University setter Sydney Miles.
Chandler was named the UAA Women’s Soccer Offensive Athlete of the Week after scoring three goals and adding a pair of assists in two victories for Washington U. in Memphis, Tenn. She had two goals and an assist in a 7-0 win at Rhodes College Friday, and followed that up with a goal and an assist in a 5-0 win against Mississippi College Saturday. The goal against Mississippi College was the game-winner. Chandler shared the UAA Offensive Athlete of the Week honor with Dara Spital of Brandeis University.
French posted a pair of shutouts in the Bears’ season-opening wins against Rhodes and Mississippi College to earn UAA women’s Soccer Defensive Athlete of the Week honors. She made four saves in the win at Rhodes Friday, and had three saves and added an assist in the victory against Mississippi College Saturday.
Padgett received the UAA Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week honor after a record-breaking performance to open the season at the Gabby Reuveni Early Bird Saturday. He ran the fastest time in school history on the 6K course at Forest Park in winning the individual title at the first meet of the season. Padgett clocked a time of 19:10 to win the race in the field of 104 runners, and lead Washington U. to the team title. His time bettered the previous fastest by a Washington U. runner at Forest Park by more than three seconds, and was 15 seconds ahead of the runner-up finisher.