Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Oct. 16: Rob Cuda and Karley King

Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Oct. 16: Rob Cuda and Karley King

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Case Western Reserve University senior Rob Cuda, a quarterback on the football team, and sophomore Karley King, an outside hitter on the volleyball team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for their performance's this past weekend.

Cuda threw for five touchdowns and ran for a sixth, despite not taking a snap in the second half of the game, leading the 17th-ranked Spartans to a 63-28 win over Thiel College on Saturday.  Cuda completed 17-of-22 passes for 343 yards, while adding 25 rushing yards, and leaving the game after taking 42 snaps with the Spartans leading by 35 points.  He led the team to touchdowns on all seven drives he participated in, including scoring throws of 12 yards to Giuseppe Orsini, 60 yards to Zech Medved, 68 yards to Zak Hurd, five yards to Colt Morgan and 10 yards to Chase Witte.  He also ran for a five-yard touchdown in the second quarter.  The 300-yard passing effort was his third of the season and seventh of his career, and just 14 yards shy of his career high.  Cuda has completed 62.2% of his passes this season for 1,822 yards and 20 touchdowns with just three interceptions, while rushing for an additional 156 yards and three scores.  He has thrown TDs to 11 different Spartan players during the campaign.  Cuda and the Spartans improved to 6-0, and remained half-a-game ahead in the Presidents Athletic Conference standings with a 5-0 conference ledger.

King led the Spartans to two wins during the second UAA Round Robin, hosted by the University of Chicago. King recorded a .299 hitting percentage for the weekend, notching a team-best 39 kills (3.00 per set) and six total blocks (including one solo). During a 3-0 win over Brandeis University on Saturday, King tallied 10 kills and one total block. She followed that with a season-best hitting percentage during the Spartans' 3-1 over the University of Rochester on Sunday. King posted a team-high 11 kills on 15 total attempts for a .600 hitting percentage. For the season, King ranks third on the team with 201 kills (2.39 per set) and 38 total blocks (0.45 per set). The Spartans are 15-9 overall, and 4-3 in the University Athletic Association.

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: Cameron Brown (football) recorded four tackles, including two for a loss, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble, helping lead the 17th-ranked Spartans to a 63-28 win over Thiel College on Saturday. Brown leads the Spartans with eight tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks this season, and is third on the squad with 26 total tackles.  CWRU improved to 6-0, and remained half-a-game ahead in the Presidents Athletic Conference standings with a 5-0 conference ledger.

Ben Carniol (football) matched a program record during the 17th-ranked Spartans 63-28 win over Thiel College on Saturday.  Carniol converted all nine of his extra point tries in the game, matching the record for extra-point kicks made in a game, originally set by former Spartan Joey Pearce during a 1998 game against Oberlin.  He has made 33-of-35 (94%) of extra point attempts and two-of-three (67%) of his field goal tries this year for a total of 39 points, and moved into sole possession of sixth place in school history with 173 career points.     

Zachary Senft (men's soccer) scored one goal for the Spartans this past week. Against Washington (Mo.) University on Friday, Senft received a cross from junior Alex Besl and headed it into the back of the net to give CWRU an early 1-0 edge in the match. For the season, Senft is ranked tied for first on the team with five goals and 12 points.

Faith Ellis (volleyball) helped the Spartans collect two wins this past weekend at the second UAA Round Robin. She led CWRU with 139 assists (10.69 per set) and also tallied 42 digs and two service aces throughout the weekend. For the season, Ellis has totaled 664 assists for a 7.63 assists per set average. Her 7.63 assists per set currently ranks third in the University Athletic Association.

Sam Merriman (men's cross country) placed second out of 209 finishers at the Yellowjacket Invitational in Rochester, New York on Saturday.  Merriman crossed the finish line with a time of 26:00.3, his second-fastest 8K time this season.  It was the third time this season that he has been the team's top finisher in a race.  The team co-captain helped lead the Spartans, ranked 35th in Division III, to a third-place finish out of 17 teams competing at the meet.

Danielle Kulpins (women's cross country) finished fourth out of 191 runners at the Yellowjacket Invitational in Rochester, New York on Saturday.  Kulpins completed the 6K course in a time of 22:58.0 to lead all Spartan runners at the event.  It was fifth time through as many meets this season and the 11th-conscutive meet dating back to last year that she has been the team's top finisher.  Kulpins' finish helped CWRU place second out of 13 teams with a score of 45.

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)

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

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