CHICAGO – Seven University of Chicago student-athletes collected Athlete of the Week honors between the University Athletic Association and Midwest Conference on Monday afternoon.
UChicago volleyball snagged a pair of weekly honorees after a historic week. The No. 3-ranked Maroons defeated No. 4-ranked Carthage, University of Rochester and No. 1-ranked Emory University to run their win streak to 20-straight matches. The two weekend wins at UAA Round Robin #3 clinched the UAA regular season title and a top seed in the upcoming UAA Championship.
Junior Fredericka Paulson was the UAA Offensive Athlete of the Week leading the attack. She slammed 19 kills versus Carthage and posted a pair of doubles-doubles versus the ranked opponents. As an outside hitter, Paulson is second on the team in kills (210) and tied for third in digs (247).
Emma Griffith picked up her fifth UAA weekly award of the season. The junior setter posted 47 assists against Carthage and 49 versus Emory. She currently leads the nation in assists per set (11.44). Griffith tallied at least 10 digs in each contest and led the offense to a .304 hitting percentage in the Emory match.
The Maroons swept the UAA football awards after a dominating 56-7 road victory at Cornell College. The offensive athlete of the week in both the UAA and MWC was running back Vittorio Tricase. The junior averaged 20.4 yards per rush en route to a career-high 143 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday. Tricase also set a new school record with a 95-yard touchdown run at the end of the first quarter.
The UAA Defensive Athlete of the Week went to linebacker Graham Repp. The junior collected nine tackles and two sacks on the afternoon. UChicago's defense limited the Rams to 100 rushing yards on the day. Over the past four games, the Maroons have only allowed a total of 23 points.
Mike Martinson continued his torrid special teams play, reeling in the UAA Special Teams Athlete of the Week. The junior running back returned five punts for 97 yards (19.4 yards per return), including a long of 59 yards. He also ran back one kickoff for 33 yards. Offensively, Martinson tallied for 90 rushing yards and one touchdown (10.0 yards per carry). He has been picked as an athlete of the week three times this season.
Goalkeeper Aaron Katsimpalis reeled in his third UAA Defensive Athlete of the Week in men's soccer. The Maroons blanked a pair of UAA opponents over the weekend on the road as the No. 5-ranked Maroons topped Brandeis University and New York University by matching 1-0 scores. The junior made eight saves versus NYU and has not allowed a goal in the past five games. Katsimpalis has seven shutouts on his ledger so far.
In women's tennis, Lauren Park was picked as UAA Athlete of the Week for the second time this fall. The UChicago sophomore reached the semifinals of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Cup singles bracket down in Rome, Ga. She went 2-1 on the weekend with wins over NYU's Karina Jensrud (6-4, 6-2) and Wesleyan University's Katherine Fleischman (2-6, 6-2, 7-5). Park is now 13-1 in singles play this season.