Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Oct. 21: Matthew Chen & James Hopper and Anika Washburn

Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Oct. 21: Matthew Chen & James Hopper and Anika Washburn

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Case Western Reserve University junior Matthew Chen and freshman James Hopper, the no. 1 duo on the men’s tennis team, and sophomore Anika Washburn, a midfielder on the women’s soccer team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for their performances this past week.

Chen and Hopper won the Division III doubles draw at the 2019 ITA Cup in Rome, Georgia over the weekend.  Chen and Hopper, who were the third-seeded duo entering the tournament, went 4-0 against Division III competition at the tournament, defeating the top-seeded pairing from Williams in the semifinals, 6-7 (3), 6-2, 10-3, and the second-seeded duo from Redlands in the championship match, 7-6 (7), 6-7 (8), 6-4.  The Spartans’ pairing was finally defeated for the first time in the fall, falling to the JuCo draw champions from ASA Miami, 6-4, 6-4.  Chen and Hopper finished their fall with a 13-1 doubles record together.  Hopper also placed fifth in the singles draw at the ITA Cup, including a win over the tournament’s top-seeded player, and ended his fall with a 16-1 singles mark.

Washburn scored two goals to help the Spartans upset the 17th-ranked University of Rochester 2-1 on Sunday afternoon. Washburn scored two goals in the first 15 minutes of the match to put the Spartans up 2-0 early. She first found the back of the net in the 13th minute. First-year midfielder Merry Meyer found Washburn at the top of the box. She then beat two defenders and fired a shot into the bottom corner for the goal. It was Meyer's team-leading sixth assist of the season. Just two minutes later, Washburn connected on a penalty kick following a handball in the box. The two goals give Washburn 11 for the season, tying her for second in program history for goals in a season. Her 11 goals currently rank first on the team and tied for first among all University Athletic Association players. Washburn has also tallied four assists, which gives her a team leading 26 points. Her 26 points also rank tied for first in the UAA. CWRU moved to 11-3 overall on the season and 1-3 in the conference.

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: Drew Saxton (football) threw four touchdown passes to lead the 23rd/19th-ranked Spartans to a 34-26 win at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania on Saturday.  He completed 30-of-51 pass attempts (58.8%) for 420 yards, the fourth-most in a single game in program history, while also catching a 19-yard pass on a reverse in the second quarter.  He connected with junior wide receiver Colt Morgan on a pair of five-yard touchdowns in the first half, before finding sophomore running back Donald Day III for a 28-yard score with 9:13 remaining in the third quarter, and junior wide receiver Chase Witte with a 30-yard strike with 6:28 remaining in the third period.  Saxton has completed 62.5% of his passes this season for 1,717 yards and 16 touchdowns with just four interceptions.  He has helped lead the Spartans to a 6-0 overall record, including a 5-0 mark in PAC games.

Patrick Crossey (football) helped the 23rd/19th-ranked Spartans to a 34-26 win at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania on Saturday.  Crossey finished the game with five tackles, and added an interception, his second of the season, in the first quarter of the game.  He has totaled 43 tackles this season, and his 257 career tackles rank him 15th in the program’s history.

Haley Sims (volleyball) led the Spartans to two wins in three matches this past week, as she totaled 38 kills in 74 total attempts for a .419 hitting percentage. She also added 12 digs, seven total blocks and three service aces. During the third UAA Round Robin on Sunday, Sims led the way with 25 kills across two matches. In the Spartans 3-1 win over the University of Rochester, Sims registered a team-best 14 kills in 21 attempts for a .619 hitting percentage. For the season, Sims ranks third on the squad with 189 kills (2.15 per set), ranks second with a .297 hitting percentage and first on the team with 70 total blocks (0.80 per set). Case Western Reserve moved to 8-14 overall and 2-5 in the conference.

Faith Ellis (volleyball) tallied a Spartan-best 61 assists (4.69 per set) to help CWRU post two victories this past week. In the Spartans’ 3-2 win over Hiram on Wednesday, Ellis tallied a team-high 28 assists and also added a season-best 19 digs. During the third UAA Round Robin on Sunday, Ellis tallied a team-best 33 assists across the two matches. For the season, Ellis leads the squad with 408 assists (4.74 per set) and has also added 182 digs (2.12 per set).

Madeline Lindemann (women’s cross country) was the 23rd-ranked Spartans top finisher at the 2019 Inter-Regional Rumble in Oberlin, Ohio on Saturday.  Lindemann placed 16th out of 283 runners in the women’s varsity 6K race, crossing the finish line at the 22:03.2 mark.  The time was the fastest of her collegiate career at the distance.  Lindemann’s finish helped the Spartans place seventh out of 32 teams at the meet.

Trey Razanauskas (men’s cross country) won the varsity men’s 8K race at the 2019 Inter-Regional Rumble in Oberlin, Ohio on Saturday.  Razanauskas placed first out of 342 runners in the event, crossing the finish line in a career-best time of 24:36.7, marking the best 8K in the 50-year history of cross country at the school.  He finished nearly seven seconds ahead of the second-place runner in the race.  Razanauskas’ performance helped the 29th-ranked Spartans placed third out of 39 teams at the event.

Seldon Magruder (men’s soccer) helped the Spartans play to a 2-2 double-overtime tie against Emory University on Friday evening. Magruder put CWRU on the board first in the 50th minute when he collected a loose ball on the right side of the box and beat the Emory keeper for his team-leading fifth goal of the season. Magruder then assisted on the Spartans’ second goal when he sent a pass to senior forward Zachary Senft, who fired a ball past the goalkeeper. It was Senft’s third goal of the season and Magruder’s first assist of the year. Magruder’s five goals on the season currently rank tied for second among all University Athletic Association players, while his 11 points (5 goals, 1 assist) also ranks tied for second in the UAA. The Spartans moved to 5-5-4 on the season and 0-2-2 in the conference.

2019-20 Spartan Club Athletes of the Week:

September 3rd: Spencer Weigand (men’s cross country) & Anika Washburn (women’s soccer)

September 9th: Colt Morgan (football) & Haley Sims (volleyball)

September 16th: Nathan Ekberg (men’s soccer) & Kimberly Chen (women’s soccer)

September 23rd: Zachary Senft (men’s soccer) & Trisha Sundaram (women’s tennis)

September 30th: Cameron Brown (football) & Madeline Lindemann (women’s cross country)

October 7th: James Hopper (men’s tennis) & Matthew Chen (Men’s Tennis)

October 14th: Joshua Smith (football) & Katie Kaminski (volleyball)

October 21st: Matthew Chen and James Hopper (men’s tennis) & Anika Washburn (women’s soccer)