Washington U. Has School-Record 10 Earn UAA Athlete of the Week Honors
St. Louis, Mo., October 14, 2013 – A week after having nine University Athletic Association (UAA) Athlete of the Week honorees, Washington University in St. Louis followed that up with a school-record 10 selections, as announced Monday by the Association.
Freshman middle hitter Caroline Dupont and freshman libero Kalehua Katagiri of the No. 11-ranked volleyball team, senior forward Jessica Johnson of the No. 3-ranked women’s soccer team, and senior defensive back Tate Byers, freshman left guard Craig Claire, sophomore right guard Ben Lake, senior center Jon Levin, junior left tackle Connor Meneough, freshman kick/punt returner Dylan Newcomb and junior right tackle Will Thompson of the football team each earned the honor.
Dupont posted a .434 hitting percentage to lead the Washington U. volleyball team to a 4-0 record at the UW-Whitewater Invite III Friday and Saturday. She hit .318 with 10 kills, five blocks and five digs in the Bears’ four-set win over St. Catherine Friday. Dupont followed that with 16 kills and a .314 hitting percentage to help the Bears earn a 3-2 win over host No. 18 UW-Whitewater Friday. During Saturday's two wins over Westminster and DePauw, Dupont hit .692 with 19 kills and just one error on 26 swings. She was also named the UAA Athlete of the Week Sept. 9.
Katagiri averaged 4.38 digs per set to help Washington U. finish 4-0 at the UW-Whitewater Invite III. She tallied double-digit digs in each of the Bears' four matches to extend her streak to 19 straight matches. In the final match of the tournament, she recorded 20 digs in Washington U.'s sweep of DePauw, marking the sixth time this season she has topped the 20-dig mark.
Johnson, who earned the honor for the third time in her career, scored a goal and had an assist to lead the women’s soccer team to a 2-1 win over No. 14 Carnegie Mellon Saturday at home. She scored in the fifth minute to put WUSTL up 1-0, and then assisted on the game-winning goal by junior Lillie Toaspern in the 43rd minute.
Byers led the Washington University defensive unit with eight tackles, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble in the Bears' 45-41 win at Hendrix College Saturday in Conway, Ark. Byers, who had seven solo stops, earned the honor for the first time in his career.
Newcomb had a career-high 176 all-purpose yards in the Bears' 45-41 victory at Hendrix College Saturday. He had 170 kick-return yards (34.0 avg.) and six punt-return yards (6.0 avg.) in the win, including a career-long 58-yard kickoff return to start the game.
The Washington U. offensive line of Claire, Lake, Levin, Meneough and Thompson was key in the Bears' 45-41 win at Hendrix College Saturday in Conway, Ark. The line did not allow a sack for the third-straight game and recorded a season-high 524 yards of total offense in the win. The Bears also rushed for 304 yards, the highest total in head coach Larry Kindbom's 25 years at Washington U.