Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Sept. 23: Zachary Senft and Trisha Sundaram

Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Sept. 23: Zachary Senft and Trisha Sundaram

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Case Western Reserve University senior Zachary Senft, a forward on the men’s soccer team, and junior Trisha Sundaram, a member on the women’s tennis team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for their performances this past week.

Senft scored a pair of goals on Saturday night, including the game-winning ‘golden goal’ with 3:28 remaining in the second and final overtime period, to lead the Spartans to a 2-1 win over Adrian College. Senft scored his first goal of the game at the 66:32 mark to give CWRU a 1-0 advantage. After a score from Adrian late in the second half, the score would hold for the remainder of regulation and the first overtime period. In the second overtime period, Senft would hit the match clinching score at the 106:32 mark to give CWRU the double-overtime victory. The goal was his second of the game and 18th of his career. For the season, Senft currently leads all University Athletic Association players with 35 shots. The Spartans are currently 4-2-2 overall on the season.

Sundaram led the Spartans during the 2019 ITA Fall Central Regional Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan this weekend. She recorded a 2-1 singles record as she advanced to the round of 16, and also recorded a 3-1 doubles record with junior Nicole Cardwell as they advanced all the way to the doubles semifinals. Sundaram earned singles wins Hanover’s Cami Jones (6-1, 6-1) and Augustana’s Annie Timm (6-0,6-1). In doubles play, Sundaram and Cardwell earned wins against DePauw’s Erin Friedrich and Amanda Showalter (8-5), Hope’s Sydney Jackson and Leah Newhof (8-7), and followed that with an 8-5 upset win over No. 1 seed Eugenia Lee and Catherine Xu of Chicago. For the season, Sundaram has a 7-2 overall record in singles play, while also recording a 7-2 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: Donald Day III (football) rushed for a pair of touchdowns during the Spartans’ 52-14 win over Grove City College at DiSanto Field in Cleveland, Ohio Saturday night.  Day III carried the ball 11 times for 57 yards and caught two passes for eight yards in the game.  He ran for a one-yard touchdown with 40 seconds left in the opening half, extending the Spartans’ lead to 28-7 at the time, and added a six-yard touchdown run with 8:37 to play in the third quarter to put CWRU in front 42-7.  Day III has rushed for 88 yards through the first two games of the Spartans’ season, while the two touchdowns in the game matched his career total coming in to the contest.  The Spartans improved to 2-0 on the season with the win, including a 1-0 mark in Presidents’ Athletic Conference games.

Brian Victor (football) helped lead the Spartans’ defense during a 52-14 win over Grove City College at DiSanto Field in Cleveland, Ohio Saturday night.  Victor finished the game with a team-leading eight tackles (four solo), while forcing a pair of fumbles and hurrying the quarterback once.  One of the two fumbles he forced was recovered and returned for a touchdown, giving the Spartans a 14-7 lead with 14:50 remaining in the second quarter.  He also helped lead a Spartans defense that limited Grove City to 284 yards of total offense, including just 121 on the ground after the team entered the game averaging 280 rushing yards.  Victor had totaled 16 tackles (seven solo), including a pair for a loss through the first two games of the season.

Robertson Albrecht (football) accounted for 10 points during the Spartans’ 52-14 win over Grove City College at DiSanto Field on Saturday night.  Albrecht was a perfect seven-for-seven on extra-point tries and made a 28-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.  He also helped the Spartans win the battle for field position, punting three times in the game for an average of 33.0 yards per punt, including a long punt of 39 yards, and kicked off nine times for an average of 53.7 yards.  For the season, Albrecht has made all 11 of his extra point attempts and both of his field goal tries, while averaging 33.0 yards on his five punts.

Merry Meyer (women’s soccer) helped the 13th-ranked Spartans extend their winning streak to seven to open the season, as the team improved to 7-0-0 after a 3-1 win over Ohio Northern on Friday. Meyer registered her first collegiate goal in the game as she took a laser shot from approximately 25 yards out and nailed the top left corner of the goal. The goal increased the CWRU lead to 3-0 at the time. For the season, Meyer has scored one goal and tallied three assists for five points.

Mary Kate Ford (women’s soccer) led a Spartan defense that allowed only one goal during the team’s 3-1 win over Ohio Northern University on Friday. The goal was scored via a penalty kick in the 89th minute. Ford and the defense allowed just 10 shots throughout the game, including only four on goal.

Brian Woo (men’s soccer) led a Spartan defense that allowed 27 shots during the two games this past week, including only 13 on goal. In CWRU’s game against #5 John Carroll on Wednesday, Woo assisted on the lone Spartan goal as he setup the goal with a quick throw into the box that allowed junior Seldon Magruder to score. The assist was Woo’s first on the season.

James Hopper (men’s tennis) was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Rocket Invitational in Toledo, Ohio this weekend.  Hopper was perfect for the second-straight weekend to begin his collegiate career, going 4-0 in singles matches and 3-0 in doubles play, while facing Division I competition.  He won all four of his singles matches in straight sets, defeating Valparaiso’s Philipp Leithold 6-1, 6-1, Wayne State’s Pierre Renaudie 6-3, 6-3, Toledo’s Krzysztof Wetoszka 6-3, 6-1 and Laurentiu Mandocescu 6-0, 6-2.  He teamed with junior Jonathan Powell in doubles play, defeating Wayne State’s Max Rink and Don Nguyen 6-3, 7-6 (6), Eastern Illinois’ Freddie O’Brien and Logan Charbonneau 6-4, 6-4, and Toledo’s Cole Shoults and Wetoszka 6-2, 6-4.  Hopper has begun his time as a Spartan with eight-straight singles wins and seven-doubles victories.

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)