Washington University Lands Four UAA Athletes of the Week
St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 9, 2013 – For the second week in a row, Washington University in St. Louis had four student-athletes selected as the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athletes of the Week for their respective sports, as announced Monday by the Association.
Washington U.’s four honorees included senior back Darcy Banco of the No. 4-ranked women’s soccer team, freshman middle hitter Caroline Dupont and sophomore setter Cassie Wang of the No. 7-ranked volleyball team, and sophomore punter Alec Stanke of the football team.
Banco was selected as the UAA Women’s Soccer Defensive Athlete of the Week after anchoring Washington U. to a pair of shutout wins at home last weekend. She led the Bears’ defense that allowed just one shot on goal on the weekend, while posting a 7-0 win over DePauw University Saturday and a 5-0 win over Central College (Iowa) Sunday. Banco also scored the first goal of her career in the win over Central. The Bears’ defense has not allowed a goal through its first four matches of the season.
Dupont was named the UAA Volleyball Athlete of the Week after leading the Bears to three wins at the WU/ASICS National Invitational and earning all-tournament honors over the weekend. She posted a .500 hitting percentage with 42 kills and just five errors on 74 attacks as Washington U. defeated Ohio Northern University, No. 21 Pacific Lutheran University and No. 3 Wittenberg University. In Saturday’s wins over Pacific Lutheran and Wittenberg, Dupont tallied 35 kills and just two errors on 56 attacks for a blistering .589 hitting percentage. She added a career-high seven blocks against Pacific Lutheran and a career-best six digs against Wittenberg. Dupont shared the weekly honor with Wang and Carnegie Mellon’s Ali Celentano.
Stanke received UAA Football Special Teams Athlete of the Week honors after averaging 38.5 yards per punt in Washington U.’s 17-7 loss at No. 9-ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Saturday. He pinned the Warhawks inside their own 20-yard line three times during the game, including a career-long 51-yard punt that landed on the three in the second quarter.
Wang was recognized as the UAA Volleyball Athlete of the Week after earning all-tournament honors as Washington U. posted a 3-0 record at the WU/ASICS National Invitational over the weekend. One of two setters for the Bears, she compiled 73 assists and 34 digs for Washington U. in wins over Ohio Northern, No. 21 Pacific Lutheran and No. 3 Wittenberg. She was a defensive key for the Bears in their five-set win over Pacific Lutheran, racking up a career-best 21 digs to go with her career-high 30 assists.