Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Feb. 12: Andrew Hoover and Cassandra Laios

Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Feb. 12: Andrew Hoover and Cassandra Laios

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Case Western Reserve University sophomore Andrew Hoover, a 141-pounder on the wrestling team, and senior Cassandra Laios, a thrower on the women’s track and field team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for their performances this past weekend.

Hoover was named the All-University Athletic Association wrestler in the 141-pound weight class at the 2018 UAA Championships this past weekend. Andrew Hoover picked up an 11-9 (SV-1) decision over New York’s Will Crisco in the first match, and then earned a 5-1 decision over Chicago’s Alec Gleason. Hoover became the third Spartan in the 141-pound weight class to earn the All-UAA honor, and the first since Clay Criss in 2009. For the season, Hoover leads the team with 27 wins (27-12), including a team-high eight pins and two technical falls.

Laios led the Spartan women to a sixth-place finish at the 2018 All-Ohio Indoor Championships this past weekend. Laios claimed the title in the weight throw with a school-record mark of 17.92 meters, besting her previous school record of 17.62 meters. She also added a second-place finish in the shot put with a toss of 13.26 meters. Her mark of 17.92 meters in the weight throw currently ranks first in the University Athletic Association and fourth among Division III competitors, while her toss in the shot put was the best in the UAA this week.

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: Hillary Hellmann (women’s basketball) averaged a team-best 15.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game during a pair of University Athletic Association games for the Spartans last weekend. Hellmann shot 40.0% overall (14-of-35) and one-of-six from long range, while adding five steals, an assists and a block over her 31.0 minutes of action per game. Hellmann leads all Spartans this season with 16.1 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.  Case Western Reserve stands at 4-17 on the year, including a 1-10 mark in the University Athletic Association.

T.J. Duckett (men’s basketball) led the Spartans during a pair of games last weekend with 16.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.  Duckett averaged 26.5 minutes per game, shooting 65.2% (15-of-23) from the floor and 75.0 % (three-of-four) from the free throw line, while collecting 16 total rebounds and four assists. Duckett is averaging a double-double this season, leading the team with 14.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game this year, and has shot 62.1% overall, the best mark in the UAA this season.  Duckett and the Spartans are 12-10 overall and 6-5 in league play, good for third place in the conference. 

Sam Merriman (men’s track and field) highlighted the Spartan men performances at the 2018 All-Ohio Indoor Championships as he helped the squad finish second out of 18 teams. He finished first in the 3,000-meter run with a school-record and meet-record time of 8:33.13. Merriman broke his previous school record of 8:36.44 set in 2017 and also broke the previous meet record of 8:37.19 set by Caleb Muller of Marietta in 2013. His time in the 3,000-meter run currently ranks third in the University Athletic Association.

Dominic Oddo (men’s track and field) helped the Spartan men place second out of 18 teams at the 2018 All-Ohio Indoor Championships this past weekend. Oddo earned a second-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 6.89 meters, which was the distance among UAA competitors this past week. Oddo also was a member of the 4x400-meter relay team that finished fourth in the event with a time of 3:26.20.

Vanessa Pasadyn (women’s track and field) helped the Spartan women place sixth at the 2018 All-Ohio Indoor Championships by placing fourth in the 800-meter run. She crossed the finish line in a school-record time of 2:18.60, breaking her previous school record of 2:19.17 set last indoor season. Her time of 2:18.60 currently ranks fifth in the University Athletic Association. 

Anthony Kanam (men’s tennis) went undefeated in singles play and 2-1 in doubles contests to help lead the 15th-ranked Spartans to a 2-1 record last week. Kanam leads all CWRU players this season with a 14-4 singles record, and has gone 10-9 in doubles matches.  Case Western Reserve has opened the spring season with a 2-3 overall record.

Peyton Young (women’s tennis) led the 18th-ranked Spartans to two wins during this past weekend of competition, including a win against 16th-ranked Trinity (Tex.) University on Friday. She recorded a 2-0 singles record, while also going 3-0 in her doubles matches. For the season, Young has a 6-3 overall record in singles play, while also recording a 9-4 overall record in doubles play.

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)