Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Feb. 24: Monty Khela and Caitlyn VonFeldt

Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Feb. 24: Monty Khela and Caitlyn VonFeldt

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Case Western Reserve University senior Monty Khela, a guard on the men’s basketball team, and junior Caitlyn VonFeldt, a member on the women’s swimming and diving team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for their performances this past weekend.

Khela averaged 25.0 points over two games last weekend to help lead the Spartans to wins over Rochester and eighth-ranked Emory. Khela was the league’s leading scorer last weekend, making 18-of-30 shots overall (60.0%) and nine-of-15 from three-point range (60.0%), while connecting on all five of his free throw attempts. He added 3.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and a steal over the weekend. During Friday night’s 88-87 win in overtime against Rochester, he scored 20 points on an eight-of-13 shooting effort, while making four of six three-point attempts and collecting a pair of rebounds. On Sunday, he guided the Spartans to an 83-78 win against eighth-ranked Emory, scoring 30 points (the best individual effort in the conference during the weekend), while making 10-of-17 shots overall, five-of-nine from behind the three-point line, and all five of his free throw tries. He also collected four rebounds, a pair of assists and a steal. For the season, Khela is averaging 11.2 points per game on 47.8% shooting overall, including a 43.5% mark on three-point tries. The Spartans have won five of their last seven games, improving to 13-11 overall with one game left in the year.

VonFeldt led two Spartan relay teams to NCAA ‘B’ cut times at the 2020 Midwest Invitational this past weekend. VonFeldt was a member of the 400-yard medley relay team that notched a ‘B’ cut time of 3:50.33 in a time trial. That time currently ranks fifth in the UAA and 18th in Division III. She also registered a ‘B’ cut time of 56.23 in the 100-yard backstroke during the relay, which currently ranks 22nd among Division III swimmers. In addition, VonFeldt was a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay team that also notched a ‘B’ cut time of 1:35.49 in a time trial. That time currently ranks sixth in the UAA and 27th in Division III.

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) was the conference’s leading scorer during two games over the weekend. Heath averaged 20.0 points on 59.3% shooting (16-of-27) and made 80.0% (eight-of-10) of her free throw tries. She added 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game with a block and two steals. Her highlight of the weekend was a 35 point game in an 88-84 loss to Emory, during which she made 14-of-19 shots overall (73.7%) and seven-of-eight free throw attempts, while collecting two rebounds and two assists. Heath’s 35-point outburst was the highest in a conference game by a UAA player this season, and the second-highest single-game total overall by a league player in 2019-20. Her 14 made field goals during the game were also the most in a game by a UAA player. On Friday night, in a 58-54 loss to Rochester, she scored five points and gathered six rebounds with an assist, a block and two steals. Heath has averaged 10.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game this season, while leading all UAA players with a 56.8% mark from the floor and is third in the league with 37 blocks. The Spartans stand at 10-14 overall this year, including a 5-8 mark in conference games.

Michael Schiml (men’s swimming and diving) led the Spartan men at the Midwest Invitational this past weekend. Schiml placed fifth in the 200-yard individual medley with a time 2:09.99 and added a third-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:20.99.

Logan Singer (men’s track and field) set a new school record as he led the Spartan men at the Kent State Tune Up this past Saturday. Singer placed first in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:29.04, which breaks his previous school record of 2:32.43 set earlier this indoor season.

Susanna Henry (women’s track and field) led the Spartan women on Saturday at the Kent State Tune Up. Henry placed first in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 19:11.38. That time currently ranks 19th-best among University Athletic Association competitors.

Taylor Jackson (women’s track and field) led the women at the Rick Meindl Last Call Meet on Friday, as she earned two top-five finishes. Jackson placed second in the weight throw with a mark of 14.94 meters and claimed a fifth-place finish in the shot put with a toss of 11.52 meters.

Aaron Umen (men’s tennis) was perfect in singles play at the 2020 ITA Indoor National Championships, helping lead the 12th-ranked Spartans to a fifth-place finish at the event. Umen played at the no. 3 singles position for the Spartans in each of the three matches. On Friday, in a 6-3 loss to second-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Umen bested Nic Meister (ranked 42nd in Division III) in three sets, 6-7, 6-3, 10-6. He followed that with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Pascal Lee on Saturday, giving CWRU a 7-2 win over 11th-ranked Kenyon College. On Sunday, in a 5-2 victory against #9 Washington (Mo.), Umen bested Daniel Li (ranked 28th nationally) 6-2, 6-1. Umen improved to 15-3 in singles matches this season, including a 6-1 record in the spring. Case Western Reserve improved to 7-1 overall on the season following the tournament.

Nidhi Jha (women’s tennis) went 1-0 in singles play and posted a 1-0 doubles record with sophomore Sneha Karnam to lead the 29th-ranked Spartan women this past weekend. During the Spartans’ 9-0 win over Otterbein University on Sunday, Jha and Karnam picked up an 8-5 victory over Marriella Briones and Madison Mueller at second doubles. Jha then claimed a 6-2, 6-0 win over Kristen Zink at fourth singles. For the season, Jha has registered a 6-3 record in singles play and posted a combined 6-3 record in doubles action.

Nick Denove (baseball) did not allow an earned run over seven innings of work during the Spartans’ season-opening game at Earlham College on Saturday. Denove scattered six hits and a walk, while striking out seven batters in the contest. He allowed just two unearned runs, and left the contest after seven innings with a 4-2 lead intact, but took a no-decision after Earlham came back for the victory. Denove and the Spartans opened the 2020 season with a 1-2 record.

Jake Ryan (baseball) collected five extra base hits over the Spartans’ first three games of the 2020 season against Earlham College. Ryan batted .429 (six-of-14) and slugged .929 during the three-game series with two doubles, a triple, and a home run, while scoring two runs and driving in one. On Saturday, in a 5-4 loss to the Quakers, he went two-for-four with a solo home run. He followed that with a two-for-five performance with a triple in another 5-4 loss to Earlham in the early game of a doubleheader on Sunday. In the late game, Ryan went two-for-five with a pair of doubles, helping lead CWRU to a 7-4 victory. The Spartans have opened their 2020 campaign with a 1-2 record.

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)

October 28th: Joshua Smith (football) & Laura Gorjanc (women’s soccer)

November 4th: Trey Razanauskas (men’s cross country) & Anika Washburn (women’s soccer)

November 11th: Travis Johnston (football) & Haley Sims (volleyball)

November 18th: Trey Razanauskas (men’s cross country) & Abbey Lawrence (women’s basketball)

November 25th: Colt Morgan (football) & Caitlyn VonFeldt (women’s swimming and diving)

December 9th: Calvin Tecson (men’s swimming and diving) & Caitlyn VonFeldt (women’s swimming and diving)

January 6th: Brian Kent (wrestling) & Abbey Lawrence (women’s basketball)

January 13th: Cole Frilling (men’s basketball) & Kendall McConico (women’s basketball)

January 21st: Andrew Hoover (wrestling) & Abbey Lawrence (women’s basketball)

January 27th: Dominic Oddo (men’s track and field) & Taylor Jackson (women’s track and field)

February 3rd: Logan Singer (men’s track and field) & Abbey Lawrence (women’s basketball)

February 10th: Antonio Ionadi (men’s basketball) & Mia Vargo (women’s track and field)

February 17th: Andrew Hoover (wrestling) & Maria Pritchett (women’s swimming and diving)

February 24th: Monty Khela (men’s basketball) & Caitlyn VonFeldt (women’s swimming and diving)