St. Louis, Mo., April 10, 2017 – Washington University in St. Louis had seven student-athletes selected as University Athletic Association (UAA) Athletes of the Week, as announced by the Association on Monday.
Freshman Samantha Haubenstock (Women's Golf), senior Rebecca Ho (Women's Tennis), freshman Brandon Hutchison (Men's Track & Field), freshman Nick Matteucci (Men's Track & Field), sophomore Heidi Nassos (Women's Track & Field), freshman Bernardo Neves (Men's Tennis) and senior Rebecca Ridderhoff (Women's Track & Field).
Haubenstock earned All-Tournament team honors at the Sixth Annual WashU Spring Invitational by tying for the fourth best individual score (150, 74-76). She also tied for the tournament lead with six birdies during the two-day event. WashU placed sixth out of 15 teams, which included seven of Golfstat's top-25 teams. This is Haubenstock's fifth honor of the academic year.
Ho recorded a 6-0 combined record to help lead No. 10 WashU to a second-place finish at the Madison Invitational. Ho won all three of her singles matches at No. 1 singles in straight sets, and teamed with senior Kaylan Griffith for three victories at No. 1 doubles. Ho has a 41-9 record this season, and is eight wins shy of tying the WashU all-time mark. This is Ho's third honor of the season and 11th of her career.
Hutchison had a season-best height reached during the Saint Louis University Invite when he cleared 4.70m and placed second in the pole vault. His height of 4.70m ranks 14th in Division III this season. In a field of eight teams, including Division I SLU and several Division II programs, WashU totaled 218 points to outpace the hosting Billikens' 180 points. Hutchison earned the honor for the first time in his career.
Matteucci placed second in the 1,500m run with an impressive 3:52.07 time. He was only outdone by an unattached racer while bettering a heavy supply of Division I runners from Saint Louis University. His time ranks fourth across the country in Division III this season. He helped the Bears earn the SLU Invitational victory by scoring 10 points. This is Matteucci's first career UAA weekly honor.
Nassos emerged on top of two events featuring Division I competition, achieving first place in both pole vault (3.75m) and triple jump (10.94m). The pole vault height ranks seventh in Division III this season. The WashU women outscored the Division I runner-up and host SLU women by 49 points with 248 points in a seven team field. Nassos won the UAA Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week honor for the second time and fifth time of her career.
Neves recorded four victories to help No. 6 WashU to a pair of victories over Millikin (9-0) and NCAA Division II No. 20 Southwest Baptist (6-3) at home. Neves had wins at No. 4 and No. 3 singles to extend his winning streak to six, and teamed with sophomore Radha Vishbubhotla for victories at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. He leads the team with a 30-11 overall record. This is Neves' first career UAA honor.
Ridderhoff displayed quickness and athleticism that will now be displayed in the NCAA Division III record book after winning the 400 hurdles with a time of 59.38 to place first at the Saint Louis University Invite. Ridderhoff's sub-minute time ranks 10th best in Division III history and leads the country this season. She was also a part of the nation's leading 4x400-relay time, 3:48.78, which placed first at the invitational containing Division I and II competition. She also was a part of the winning 4x100-relay team (48.72) and placed third in the 100 hurdles (15.11). Ridderhoff helped the Bears to 36 of 248 points scored to win the invitational. Ridderhoff won the UAA honor for the third time this season and fourth time overall including indoor and outdoor.