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Case Western Reserve University senior James Fojtasek, a member of the men’s tennis team, and senior Nimi Gupta, 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.
Fojtasek went undefeated over the final two days of the 2018 University Athletic Association Championships in Altamonte Springs, Florida, to help lead the 21st-ranked Spartans to a fifth-place finish at the conference championships. During Thursday’s 5-4 loss in the quarterfinals to ninth-ranked Carnegie Mellon, Fojtasek teamed with Anthony Kanam at no. 1 doubles to fall 8-5 to Daniel Levine and Chaz Downing, the top-ranked doubles team in the Atlanta South Region, and fell in three sets to Levine (ranked first in the region), 6-0, 2-6, 6-4, at no. 1 singles. He bounced back the following day with an 8-4 win with Kanam at no. 1 doubles over Umberto Setter and Zeb Zheng, and a 6-3, 6-1 win at no. 1 singles over Setter (ranked 16th in the Northeast Region) to lead CWRU to an 8-1 win over New York University. Fojtasek wrapped up the tournament by earning an 8-4 win over the Northeast Region’s third ranked doubles pairing in Brandeis’ David Aizenberg and Anupreeth Coramutla, and a 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 win over Aizenberg (23rd in the Northeast Region) in the Spartans’ 6-3 victory over the 14th-ranked Judges. Fojtasek, ranked 22nd in the Central Region in singles and eighth in doubles, improved to 11-14 in singles play and 17-13 in doubles action. In addition, he ended the regular season ranked fifth in program history in career singles wins (64) and tied for third in doubles victories (81). With the 2-1 performance at the UAA Championships, the Spartans improved to 17-10 for the season.
Gupta won the conference title in the hammer throw at the 2018 University Athletic Association Championships to help the women finish fifth at the meet. Gupta won the hammer throw with a mark of 50.48 meters. She became just the fourth Spartans ever to win the event at the UAA Outdoor Championships, joining Amanda Kline (2012), Temi Omilabu (2016) and senior Cassandra Laios (2017). Her mark in the hammer throw currently ranks 22nd among all Division III throwers.
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: Alex Capetillo (baseball) batted a team-best .429 (six-of-14) with three runs scored, three doubles, a steal, and four runs batted in over three games for the 12th-ranked Spartans last weekend. The Spartans stand at 25-9 overall for the season.
Tony Smodilla (baseball) pitched five and two-thirds innings of relief against second-ranked Wooster on Wednesday. He held the Fighting Scots to one run on three hits and three walks, while striking out a pair.
Ilissa Hamilton (softball) helped the Spartans post a perfect 8-0 during this past week of games. Hamilton went 4-0 on the mound, allowing three earned runs in 27.0 innings pitched, while striking out 42 batters. At the plate, she led the team with a .478 batting average (11-for-23) with five doubles and two runs batted in. For the season, Hamilton has a 14-4 record, including 14 complete games. She has totaled 124.0 innings pitched, allowing 51 earned runs on 98 for a 2.88 earned run average. She currently leads the team 146 strikeouts and also ranks first in the University Athletic Association. With the sweep on Sunday against Chicago, Case Western Reserve completed a strong finish to the 2018 regular season. CWRU won their last eight games and 14 of its last 15 contests to finish with the second-most wins (31) during the Coach Henry era.
Nicole Doyle (softball) Doyle led the Spartan’s offensively as they posted an 8-0 record during this past week of games. Doyle batted .429 (12-for-28) and scored six runs, while also hitting two home runs and driving in six RBI’s. For the season, Doyle is third on the team with a .357 batting average (50-for-140) and has scored 32 runs, hit five home runs and driven in 26 RBI’s.
Danielle Kulpins (women’s track and field) earned an All-UAA honor in the 3,000-meter steeplechase after finishing second in the event with a time of 10:46.40. She also added a fifth-place finish in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:42.63.
Dominic Oddo (men’s track and field) claimed two All-UAA honors to help the Spartan men place fourth at the 2018 University Athletic Association Championships. Oddo finished third in the long jump with a distance of 6.56 meters and also placed third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.47 seconds.
Grant Mlack (men’s track and field) earned an All-UAA honor in the 110-meter hurdles after finishing second in the event with a time of 15.47 seconds. He also added a sixth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 55.79 seconds.
Nithya Kanagasegar (women’s tennis) went 2-1 in singles play and 3-0 in doubles to help the 16th-ranked Spartans finish fifth at the 2018 University Athletic Association Championships. For the season, Kanagasegar has posted a 15-12 record in singles play, while also recording a 22-8 record in doubles play. With the 2-1 performance at the UAA Championships, the Spartans improved to 15-4 for the season.
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)