Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Sept. 25: Calvin Boyle and Nithya Kanagasegar

Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Sept. 25: Calvin Boyle and Nithya Kanagasegar

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Case Western Reserve University senior Calvin Boyle, a goalkeeper on the men’s soccer team, and senior Nithya Kanagasegar, a player on the women’s tennis team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for their performance’s this past week.

Boyle played 180 minutes for the Spartans this past week, allowing only one goal and making 10 saves. On Saturday afternoon, Boyle led the Spartans to a 1-0 upset win over fourth-ranked Lycoming College. Boyle went the distance and made six saves to record his third shutout of the season. Boyle currently ranks first in the University Athletic Association with 38 saves and fifth with a .864 save percentage.

Kanagasegar led the Spartans during the 2017 ITA Fall Central Regional Championships in Oberlin, Ohio this weekend. She recorded a 3-1 singles record as she advanced to the singles quarterfinals, and also recorded a 4-1 doubles record with freshman Madeleine Paolucci as they advanced all the way to the doubles semifinals. Kanagasegar earned singles wins over Ohio Northern’s Ashley Ochsenhirt (6-0, 6-2), North Park’s Vilde Olvin (6-0, 6-0) and ninth-seeded Erika Oku of Kenyon (2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2). In doubles play, Kanagasegar and Paolucci earned wins against Saint Mary’s Maddie Minaudo and Elizabeth Preister (8-1), Allegheny’s Miharu Koh and Sarah Casey (8-5), ninth-seeded Sanjna Tripathy and Lisa Chionis of Washington (Mo.) University (8-6), and followed that with an 8-5 upset win over No.1-seed Marjorie Antohi and Daryn Ellison of Chicago. For the season, Kanagasegar has a 4-2 overall record in singles play, while also recording a 6-2 overall record in doubles play.

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: Jacob Burke (football) rushed for three more touchdowns during the 18th-ranked Spartans’ 56-21 win over Waynesburg University on Saturday night at DiSanto Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  Burke carried the ball 21 times during the game for 137 yards, scoring from six yards out in the first quarter, five yards out in the second quarter, and two yards out in the third quarter.  He has run for eight touchdowns through three games this season, including seven in his last two contests, good for the second-most in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference and tops among University Athletic Association players.  In addition, his 99.0 rushing yards per game are first in the UAA and fifth in the PAC.  Burke and the Spartans improved to 3-0 with the win, including a 2-0 record in PAC games.

Alex Habeeb (football) recorded four tackles and a key interception to lead the 18th-ranked Spartans’ defensive effort during their 56-21 win against Waynesburg University on Saturday night at DiSanto Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  Habeeb’s interception, the second of his career and first of the season, came on a tipped pass with just 59 seconds left in the first half at the Waynesburg 29 yard line, setting up a late second quarter touchdown for CWRU.  He was a key member of a Spartan defensive unit that allowed just 255 yards of offense in the game.

Zachary Senft (men’s soccer) scored the game-winning goal to help the Spartans upset fourth-ranked Lycoming College on Saturday afternoon. The game was scoreless until the 20th minute of play, when Senft received a perfectly placed pass from sophomore Marques Manta and delivered a shot past the Warrior’s goalkeeper from the right side of the box. The goal was Senft’s third of the season.  

Elle Zadina (women’s soccer) helped the Spartans post a 1-1 record this past week. In the Spartans 4-0 win over Hiram on Wednesday night, Zadina recorded one goal and one assist. For the season, Zadina ranks first on the team with three goals and seven points. 

Lauren Unterborn (women’s soccer) played over 193 minutes in goal this past week, allowing two goals and making 10 saves to help the Spartans go 1-1. In the Spartans’ 4-0 win over Hiram, Unterborn made five saves to notch her second shutout of the 2017 season.

Brianna Lemon (volleyball) helped the Spartans to two wins during this past week of play. Lemon recorded a team-high 56 kills throughout the week, while also tallying 51 digs and six service aces. During the team’s 3-0 win over Geneva on Friday, Lemon totaled nine kills while hitting .348 and also gathered 14 digs. Lemon currently ranks third in the UAA with 178 kills for the season, and also ranks fourth by averaging 3.24 kills per set this season.

Faith Ellis (volleyball) contributed 110 assists for the Spartans this past week, as she averaged 5.79 assists per set. During the team’s 3-1 win victory over Messiah on Saturday, Ellis totaled 25 assists, four digs and one service ace. Ellis ranks fourth in the UAA with an average of 6.63 assists per set this season.

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)