Nithya Kanagasegar

Nithya Kanagasegar

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Case Western Reserve University senior Nithya Kanagasegar and freshman Madeleine Paolucci of the women’s tennis team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for their performances this past week.

Kanagasegar and Paolucci became the first All-Americans in the history of the women’s tennis program with a win in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Division III Doubles Tournament in Claremont, California. Kanagasegar and Paolucci were dominant in their first round doubles match, defeating seniors Ashley Barrow and Kait Brogan of the University of Mary Washington in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2. The duo dropped a 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-3 decision to Wesleyan University’s Eudice Chong and Victoria Yu, who entered the tournament as the top-seeded duo.

Kanagasegar and Paolucci ended the season with a 23-9 mark in doubles play together, matching the program record for doubles victories in a season. Friday’s match was the final in the career of Kanagasegar, who will leave the program as one of the top players in its history.  She will leave the program as its all-time leader in doubles wins with a 76-32 career ledger, and is third in school history with a 56-48 singles record.  Kanagasegar is the only Spartan women's tennis player to date to be named the UAA Most Outstanding Performer, accomplishing the feat during the 2016 campaign.

The Spartan Club Athletes of the Week are selected by the CWRU Department of Athletics each Monday, based on their performance during the previous week of competition.

Honorable Mention: Dusstyn Reynolds (softball) helped the Spartans earn a win at the 2018 NCAA Division III Softball Championships this past week in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Reynolds batted .500 (3-for-6) with two walks, two runs scored, one double and one run batted in. During the Spartans’ 2-1 win over 14th-ranked Rowan University on Friday, Reynolds went one-for-one with a double and a run scored, while also drawing a walk. For the season, Reynolds hit .293 (36-for-123) with seven doubles, two triples, 16 runs scored and 22 RBI’s.

Katie Dzierwa (softball) allowed two earned runs in six innings pitched, while striking out two batters during the Championships this past week. During the game against 16th-ranked Luther College on Saturday, Dzierwa pitched in relief and only allowed one run on three hits in a little over four innings pitched. For the season, Dzierwa has a 1-0 record, including one save. She has totaled 20.2 innings pitched, allowing three earned runs on 23 hits and striking out 11 batters.

Danielle Kulpins (women’s track and field) ended her collegiate career with a 10th-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday afternoon in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Kulpins crossed the finish line in a time of 10:50.75, the 10th-best mark among the 14 qualifiers for the finals of the event. Kulpins will end her CWRU career as the program-record holder in the event, having recorded a mark of 10:40.17 earlier in the year.

2017-18 Spartan Club Athletes of the Week:

September 5th: Justin Phan (football) & Elle Zadina (women’s soccer)

September 11th: Zachary Senft (men’s soccer) & Karley King (volleyball)

September 18th: Jacob Burke (football) & Danielle Kulpins (women’s cross country)

September 25th: Calvin Boyle (men’s soccer) & Nithya Kanagasegar (women’s tennis)

October 2nd: Rob Cuda (football) & Katie Kaminski (volleyball)

October 9th: Andrew Banathy (football) & Kimberly Chen (women’s soccer)

October 16th: Rob Cuda (football) & Karley King (volleyball)

October 23rd: Justin McMahon (football) & Elle Zadina (women’s soccer)

October 30th: Michael Balog (men’s soccer) & Madeline Lindemann (women’s cross country)

November 6th: Paul Darmstadter (men’s soccer) & Brianna Lemon (volleyball)

November 13th: Sam Merriman (men’s cross country) & Danielle Kulpins (women’s cross country)

November 20th: Sam Merriman (men’s cross country) & Suhan Mestha (women’s swimming and diving)

November 27th: Justin Phan (football) & Hillary Hellmann (women’s basketball)

December 4th: Dominic Oddo (men’s track and field) & Suhan Mestha (women’s swimming and diving)

December 11th: Andrew Ibibo (men’s track and field) & Cassandra Laios (women’s track and field)

January 2nd: T.J. Duckett (men’s basketball) & Alexis Amburgey (women’s basketball)

January 8th: Andrew Munn (wrestling) & Hillary Hellmann (women’s basketball)

January 16th: Connor Nally (men’s basketball) & Emily Todd (women’s basketball)

January 22nd: Andrew Hoover (wrestling) & Olivia Newman (women’s track and field) 

January 29th: Ignas Masiulionis (men’s basketball) & Danielle Kulpins (women’s track and field)

February 5th: Dominic Oddo (men’s track and field) & Brooke Hortness (women’s swimming and diving)

February 12th: Andrew Hoover (wrestling) & Cassandra Laios (women’s track and field)

February 19th: Drew Hamilton (men’s swimming and diving) & Suhan Mestha (women’s swimming and diving)

February 26th: Alec Hoover (wrestling) & Nimi Gupta (women’s track and field)

March 5th: James Fojtasek (men’s tennis) & Grace Tritchler (softball)

March 19th: Rocco Maue (baseball) & Maren Waldner (softball)

March 26th: Mark Gross (baseball) & Suhan Mestha (women’s swimming and diving)

April 2nd: Matt Levine (baseball) & Danielle Kulpins (women’s track and field)

April 9th: Grant Mlack (men’s track and field) & Ilissa Hamilton (softball)

April 16th: Michael Hradesky (men’s track and field) & Danielle Kulpins (women’s track and field)

April 23rd: Casey McConihe (baseball) & Maren Waldner (softball)

April 30th: James Fojtasek (men’s tennis) & Nimi Gupta (women’s track and field)

May 7th: Alex Capetillo (baseball)

May 14th: Andrew Ibibo (men’s track and field) & Ilissa Hamilton (softball)

May 21st: Dominic Oddo (men’s track and field) & Ilissa Hamilton (softball)

May 29th: Nithya Kanagasegar (women’s tennis) & Madeleine Paolucci (women’s tennis)