Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Oct. 2: Rob Cuda and Katie Kaminski

Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Oct. 2: Rob Cuda and Katie Kaminski

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Case Western Reserve University senior Rob Cuda, a quarterback on the football team, and freshman Katie Kaminski, a middle blocker on the volleyball team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for their performance’s this past week.

Cuda accounted for all five of the 17th-ranked Spartans’ touchdowns during the team’s 35-14 win over Saint Vincent College on Saturday afternoon.  Cuda completed 19-of-30 passes (61.3%) for a career-high 357 passing yards and four touchdowns, while adding a rushing score as well.  He tallied touchdown passes of 13 yards, six yards and 32 yards in the first half, before adding a four-yard touchdown run and a 38-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.  Cuda recorded nine completions of at least 20 yards, including six of 30 yards or more during the game.  It was his second-straight 300-yard game, and the sixth of his career, as he broke the 6,000-yard mark for his career, moving into third place all-time in school history in the category.  For the season, he has completed 61.3% of his passes for 1,180 yards and 12 touchdowns.  The Spartans improved to 4-0 on the year with the win, including a 3-0 PAC mark.

Kaminski led the Spartans to three wins in four matches this past week. Kaminski recorded a .312 hitting percentage for the week, notching 41 kills (2.41 per set) and six total blocks (including two solo). During the team’s opening weekend of conference play, she recorded a .307 hitting percentage which ranks fifth among University Athletic Association players in conference play this season. During the team’s 3-1 win over 10th-ranked Carnegie Mellon University on Saturday, Kaminski hit .333 with eight kills, five digs and one total block. She followed that with a 15 kill performance against 18th-ranked Washington (Mo.) University. Rounding out the weekend, Kaminski gathered nine kills, three service aces and three digs in a 3-1 win over New York University on Sunday.

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: Dan Techman (football) recorded six tackles during the 17th-ranked Spartans’ 35-14 win over Saint Vincent College on Saturday, including three tackles for a loss and two sacks.  Techman also batted down one pass at the line, and forced a fumble during the game.  His performance paced a CWRU defense that held the Bearcats scoreless on just 119 yards through three quarters, and to just 275 yards (only 44 rushing in the game).  For the season, Techman has 20 tackles, is tied for the team lead with 2.5 sacks, and is second on the squad with 4.5 total tackles for a loss. 

Quinn Saluan (football) punted five timeson Saturday for an average of 37.2 yards per punt, helping to lead the 17th-ranked Spartans to a 35-14 win over Saint Vincent College.  Three of his punts were inside the opponents’ 20-yard line, and he had a long punt of 38 yards.  For the season, Saluan has punted 13 times for an average of 38.8 yards, with over half of his punts (seven) located inside the 20-yard line.  

Nathan Ekberg (men’s soccer) anchored a Spartan defense that only allowed two goals in as many games this past week. In the game against 13th-ranked Brandeis on Sunday, Ekberg helped the Spartan defense hold the Judges to 15 total shots, including only nine on goal. For the season, Ekberg has started nine of the Spartans 10 games. He has helped the defense hold opponents to just 6.1 shots on goal per game, and 13.7 total shots per game.  

Abby DeCicco (women’s soccer) gathered one goal and one assist for the Spartans during this past week of play. DeCicco scored the Spartans first goal during Wednesday’s match against John Carroll University. She later assisted on a goal from freshman midfielder Emily Hauser. For the season, DeCicco ranks tied for second on the team with two goals and second with 10 shots on goal. 

Faith Ellis (volleyball) helped the Spartans collect three wins this past week. She led CWRU with 147 assists (8.65 per set), and also tallied 48 digs and three service aces throughout the week. In Saturday’s 3-1 win over 10th-ranked Carnegie Mellon University, Ellis totaled a game-high 51 assists and tallied 23 digs to the team total. For the season, Ellis has totaled 525 assists for a 7.09 assists per set average. Her 7.09 assists per set currently ranks third in the UAA.

Sam Merriman (men’s cross country) earned All-Ohio honors with a second-place finish among Division III competitors at the 2017 All-Ohio Championships in Cedarville, Ohio on Friday.  Merriman placed 16th overall in the field of 324 total runners (NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA) with a time of 25:26.6 in the 8K race, just under seven seconds faster than the time he won the meet with last year.  He led all Spartan finishers at the meet, and guided CWRU to a second-place finish in the Division III team standings.

Danielle Kulpins (women’s cross country) placed sixth among 148 Division III finishers at the 2017 All-Ohio Championships in Cedarville, Ohio on Friday.  Kulpins crossed the finish line with a time of 22:55.1, good for a 51st place finish overall among all runners (NCAA Division I, II and III and NAIA) at the meet.  Her finish helped the Spartans to a third-place finish in the Division III team standings.

2017 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)