Case Western Reserve University junior Antonio Ionadi, a guard on the men’s basketball team, and first-year Mia Vargo, a jumper on the women’s track and field team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for their performances this past weekend.
Ionadi led the Spartans to a pair of University Athletic Association wins last weekend, averaging a team-high 19.0 points per game over the two contests. Ionadi shot a blistering 66.7% overall (14-of-21), including a 71.4% mark from three-point range (10-of-14). He added 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game over the two contests. During Friday night’s 84-76 win over 25th-ranked Brandeis, he led the Spartans with 21 points, shooting eight-of-13 overall and making five-of-eight three point shots, while collecting three rebounds and an assist. On Sunday, in a 90-60 triumph against NYU, he scored 17 points on a six-of-eight shooting effort, including five-for-six from behind the three-point line, while adding two rebounds and two assists. Ionadi is averaging 11.9 points per game this season, while shooting 43.0% overall and 44.6% from three-point range, the fourth-best mark in the league. CWRU improved to 11-9 overall following the two wins, including a 4-5 mark in UAA games.
Vargo helped the Spartan women finish second out of 10 teams competing at the Bob Shannon Invitational this past weekend. Vargo placed second in the high jump with a mark of 1.60 meters. That mark currently ranks second-best in the UAA and tied for 47th among all Division III competitors.
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: Melissa Heath (women’s basketball) averaged a team-best 12.5 points per game over two games for the Spartans last weekend. Heath shot 61.1% (11-of-18) from the floor, while adding 6.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals per game. She scored 10 points on a five-of-eight shooting effort, while collecting six rebounds, a block and two steals during an 80-71 loss to Brandeis on Friday night. On Sunday, she made six-of-10 shots and secured a team-best seven rebounds, in addition to an assist and a block during a 64-55 loss to NYU. Heath is averaging 9.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game this season, while ranking second in the league with a 56.5% mark from the floor, and third in the UAA with 1.8 blocks per game. The Spartans stand at 10-10 overall and are 5-4 in UAA play.
Mitchell Arch (wrestling) led the Spartans to two wins in as many matches on Saturday at the CWRU Duals. Arch went 2-0 on the day, including both wins by pin. In Arch’s first match, he pinned Penn St.-Behrend’s Cole Ruffo in 1:08. Arch followed that in his second match with a pin over Defiance’s Bradley Collins in 1:25. For the season, Arch has posted an overall record of 21-12 with a team-best 19 pins.
Juan Perez (men’s track and field) led the Spartan men to a first-place finish at the Bob Shannon Invitational this past weekend. Perez finished first in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.05, and also added a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.00. His time of 7.05 in the 60-meter dash currently ranks third among all University Athletic Association competitors, while his time of 23.00 in the 200-meter dash ranks sixth in the UAA.
Dominic Oddo (men’s track and field) competed at the Wide Track Classic in Hillsdale, Michigan on Friday and Saturday. He finished third out of eight competitors in the men's heptathlon, as he totaled 4,513 points in the event. On the first day, Oddo earned a third-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 6.67 meters (736 points), placed fifth in the shot put with a toss of 10.76 meters (531 points), tied for fifth in the high jump with a mark of 1.70 meters (544 points) and finished sixth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.57 (690 points). He totaled 2,501 points after the first day of competition. On Saturday, Oddo placed second in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.87 (775 points), finished fourth in the pole vault with a mark of 3.50 meters (482 points) and placed second in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:51.03 (755 points). Oddo’s score of 4,513 points in the heptathlon currently ranks second in the UAA and 18th among all Division III competitors.
Olivia Battistoni (women’s track and field) helped the Spartan women total 96 points at the Bob Shannon Invitational on Saturday to place second out of 10 teams. Battistoni finished fourth in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 19:16.15. That time currently ranks ninth-best in the UAA.
Matthew Chen (men’s tennis) helped lead the 12th-ranked Spartans to three wins to open their season, winning all three of his doubles matches and both of his singles contests during the weekend. On Friday night, in a 9-0 victory over the University of Northwestern Ohio, Chen teamed with first-year James Hopper to pick-up an 8-1 no. 1 doubles win over Marcos Salazar and Sergio Conde (the fourth-ranked duo in the NAIA), and went on to claim a 6-3, 6-2 triumph against Conde at no. 2 singles. In a 7-2 win over Rose-Hulman on Saturday, Chen teamed with first-year John Kasner to claim an 8-3 win at no. 3 doubles over Andrew Schiffman and Mark Slaninka. He wrapped up his weekend with an 8-0 win at no. 1 doubles with Hopper over Danny Kroeze and Jacob Burkett and a 6-7, 6-4, 11-9 victory over Burkett at no. 1 singles in a 9-0 victory for the Spartans against Hope. With the wins, Chen improved to 9-4 in singles play this season and to 19-1 in doubles action. The Spartans stand at 3-0 to open the campaign.
2019-20 Spartan Club Athletes of the Week:
September 3rd: Spencer Weigand (men’s cross country) & Anika Washburn (women’s soccer)