CHICAGO – A big week for University of Chicago athletes was rewarded with a total of six Athlete of the Week honors from the University Athletic Association (UAA) on Monday afternoon.
UChicago women's tennis was responsible for half of the accolades thanks to their two title wins at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Central Region Championships over the weekend. First-year duo Claudia Ng and Perene Wang bulldozed their way to a doubles championship in the 32-team bracket. Ng and Wang posted a 5-0 record as the No. 5-seeds and cruised to the final without surrendering more than three games in any match. In the final, they took down the No. 3-seeds from Kenyon College by scores of 6-4, 6-3.
Additionally, sophomore Lauren Park was recognized for her singles title at the ITA tournament. In the 64-player field, Park came in as a No. 9-seed and won all six of her matches. Three of her victories went a full three sets before ultimately defeating teammate Nicole Semenov in Monday's final.
A pair of Maroon volleyball players were picked as UAA Athletes of the Week as well. No. 6-ranked UChicago compiled a 4-0 record last week, which included a 3-1 home victory over previously undefeated and No. 1-ranked Calvin College. The Maroons then rolled through UAA Round Robin #1 with straight-set sweeps of New York University, Case Western Reserve University and Washington University – St. Louis.
Offensively, Anne Marie Stifter produced the squad's best numbers on the week. The senior outside hitter contributed a combined 49 kills (3.76 kills per set), .292 hitting percentage and 49 digs (3.76 digs per set). She tallied three double-doubles in kills and digs in her matches. Stifter pounded 14 kills against NYU and collected a season-high 22 digs versus Calvin.
As the team's setter, Emma Griffith reeled in her third UAA Athlete of the Week of the season. The junior helped set up her teammates to hit .255 over their four matches. Overall, Griffith contributed 159 assists (12.23 assists per set), 34 digs (2.61 digs per set) and eight aces (0.61 aces per set). She currently leads the nation with 11.48 assists per set this season.
Aaron Katsimpalis was named UAA Men's Soccer Defensive Athlete of the Week for the second time this season. The junior goalkeeper tied his career high with nine saves in a 1-1 draw at Wheaton College. He followed up by grabbing seven saves in a 2-1 road win at No. 9-ranked Loras College. On the year, Katsimpalis owns a 0.75 goals against average and .838 save percentage.