Barthel, Chua and Handa Named UAA Athletes of the Week

Claire Handa, Collin Barthel and Nicolas Chua
Claire Handa, Collin Barthel and Nicolas Chua

CHICAGO – University of Chicago received three selections among the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athletes of the Week that were announced on Monday afternoon.

In men's basketball, Collin Barthel hauled in his first career Athlete of the Week honor. The senior -forward scored a career-high 37 points to lead UChicago to a 75-66 road victory at New York University on Friday. He then submitted his sixth double-double of the season on Sunday with 14 points and 12 rebounds at Brandeis University. For the weekend, Barthel averaged 25.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game while shooting 59.4 percent from the field and 90.9 percent from the free-throw line.

Nicolas Chua's perfect record over a weekend road trip was similarly recognized with the UAA Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week. The senior won all five of his combined singles and doubles matches during a three-day stint in Cleveland. Playing at the top of the lineup, Chua secured a pair of three-set wins against his opponents from Denison University and Case Western Reserve University. Then at No. 1 doubles, he teamed up with sophomore Ninan Kumar to blow past three opponents by scores of 8-6, 8-4 and 8-1. The No. 9-ranked Maroons ended up dominating the competition with team victories of 8-1 against Denison, 8-1 at No. 15-ranked Case Western Reserve and 9-0 at Oberlin College.

Claire Handa recorded a spotless run during the Ohio trip to gain UAA Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week status for the second time this season. Handa went 6-0 between No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles. Her efforts spurred No. 9-ranked UChicago to team wins over Denison (9-0), No. 18-ranked Case Western Reserve (6-3) and No. 16-ranked Trinity University Texas (7-2). Handa blew past her singles opponents in straight sets, as she only surrendered two games to Denison and one game to Trinity. Alongside sophomore doubles partner Marjorie Antohi, she triumphed with scores of 8-4, 9-8 and 8-4.