Washington U. Lands Four UAA Athletes of the Week
St. Louis, Mo., April 15, 2014 – 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 by the Association.
Junior Kevin Chu of the No. 2-ranked men’s tennis team, senior Anna Etherington of the women’s track & field team, sophomore Max Golembo of the baseball team, and senior Kevin Sparks of the men’s track & field team each received the honor.
Chu was named the men’s tennis athlete of the week after posting a 3-0 record in victories over NCAA Division II University of Missouri-St. Louis and No. 17-ranked University of Chicago last week. He teamed with senior Jeffrey Hirsh for a 9-7 win at No. 3 doubles in the win against UMSL April 9, and then posted a straight-set win at No. 6 singles and an 8-6 win at No. 3 doubles in the victory at Chicago April 13. It is Chu’s first athlete of the week honor in his career.
Etherington received women’s outdoor field athlete of the week recognition for the second time this season and seventh time in her career. She cleared a season-best height of 4.00 meters to win the pole vault at the Billiken Invitational hosted by Saint Louis University April 11-12. Etherington’s mark ranks second in NCAA Division III this season and tied her own facility record in the event.
Golembo was selected as the baseball hitter of the week for the first time in his career after batting .500 in three games for Washington U. last week. He was 5-for-8 as the leadoff batter for the Bears in a pair of one-run wins over No. 11 Birmingham-Southern College April 9-10. In the second win over Birmingham-Southern, Golembo was 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a walk. He has now reached base safely in all 27 games for Washington U. this season.
Sparks earned men’s outdoor track athlete of the week honors for the first time this season and second time in his career. He set a facility record on his way to winning the 10,000 at the Billiken Invitational. Sparks clocked a winning time of 30:27.05 to win by more than 11 seconds. The time ranks eighth in NCAA Division III this season.