Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Sept. 9: Colt Morgan and Haley Sims

Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Sept. 9: Colt Morgan and Haley Sims

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Case Western Reserve University junior Colt Morgan, a wide receiver on the football team, and senior Haley Sims, a middle hitter on the volleyball team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for their performances this past weekend.

Morgan caught three touchdowns in the Spartans’ 37-6 win at the University of Rochester on Saturday.  Morgan finished the game with nine catches for 146 yards, marking the fifth 100-yard game of his collegiate career.  His first touchdown of the day was a nine-yard grab with 3:29 remaining in the first quarter, extending CWRU’s lead to 21-0.  He added a second score on a 19-yard catch with 4:11 left in the opening half, pushing the Spartans’ advantage to 28-0.  Morgan capped off CWRU’s scoring with his third touchdown of the game, a six-yard scoring grab with 7:43 remaining in the game.  It was the fifth multiple-touchdown game of his career, and he moved into a tie for fifth-place in school history with 22 career touchdown catches.  Morgan and the Spartans improved to 1-0 on the year with the win, their fourth-straight in a season opener.

Sims helped the Spartans to a win during the CWRU Invitational this past weekend. Sims recorded 30 kills throughout the three matches and posted a team-best .414 hitting percentage. In addition, Sims gathered seven total blocks throughout the tournament. In Saturday’s match against Muskingum University, Sims tallied a season-high 16 kills on 26 total attempts for a .538 hitting percentage. She also contributed four total blocks in the match. For the season, Sims ranks tied for third on the team with 48 kills (2.18 per set) and ranks second on the team with a .343 hitting percentage. Case Western Reserve moved to 3-3 overall on the 2019 season.

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: Jana Fisher (women’s cross country) was the top finisher for the Spartans at the Knight Invite at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Saturday.  Fisher was the first CWRU runner to complete the race for the second-straight week, placing 14th out of 200 runners in the 6K with a time of 22:37.46.  Her finish helped lead the Spartans to a fifth-place finish out of 24 teams at the event.

David Hall (men’s cross country) was the top finisher for the 19th-ranked Spartans at the Knight Invite at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Saturday.  Hall placed 18th out of 218 runners in the race, completing the 8K course in a time off 25:43.2.  His finish helped lead the Spartans to a third-place finish out of 24 teams at the event.

Travis Johnston (football) helped lead a Spartans’ defense that kept the University of Rochester out of the end zone the entire game in a 37-6 triumph over the Yellowjackets.  Johnston finished the game with 10 tackles (six solo) including a sack for six yards on third and goal on the CWRU nine yard line early in the fourth quarter that helped hold Rochester to a field goal.  He helped the CWRU defense hold Rochester to a pair of field goals in the contest, and limited the Yellowjackets to just 287 total yards.  Also in Saturday’s game, he blocked a punt that was returned for a touchdown, and returned three kicks for an average of 26.7 yards per return, including a long of 29 yards.

Michael Amadio (football) scored his first career touchdown during the Spartans’ 37-6 win over the University of Rochester on Saturday.  Amadio recovered a blocked punt and returned it 12 yards for a touchdown with 8:42 left in the first quarter, helping the Spartans expand their lead to 14-0 at the time.  He also finished the game with three tackles, including one on special teams.

Aniya Hartzler (women’s soccer) helped lead the Spartans to two wins in as many games this past week. Hartzler scored two goals and tallied one assist for five points. In Wednesday’s 4-0 win over Hiram College, Hartzler tallied one goal and one assist for three points. For the season, Hartzler ranks second on the team with nine points on four goals and one assist. She also currently ranks tied for second in the UAA with nine points.  Case Western Reserve improved to 4-0 on the season with the two victories this past weekend, and have now outscored their opponents 19-0 in four games this season.

Bailey George (women’s soccer) led a defense that did not allow a goal in 180 minutes of action this past week as the Spartans earned wins against Hiram and Penn St.-Behrend.  In Wednesday’s 4-0 win over Hiram, George led a defense that only three total shots throughout the game, including zero on goal. Case Western Reserve improved to 4-0 on the season and have not allowed goal in 360 minutes this season.

Matt Vatne (men’s soccer) scored his first collegiate goal on Sunday night, which came as the game-winning ‘golden goal’ in the first overtime period against the College of Wooster. Vatne collected a blocked shot and beat the Wooster keeper to the end match in dramatic fashion as the Spartans claimed the 2-1 overtime victory. Case Western Reserve improved to 2-1-1 on the 2019 season.

Rafael Perez (men’s soccer) scored the equalizing goal in the 22nd minute of the game against the College of Wooster on Sunday night. Perez headed the ball into the back of the net after juniors Connor Weber and Nathan Ekberg teamed to send the ball to Perez inside the box. The goal was Perez’s second of the season, which currently ranks first on the team. In addition, Perez’s two goals currently ranks tied for second among all University Athletic Association players.

Faith Ellis (volleyball) helped the Spartans collect a win at the CWRU Invite this weekend. She led CWRU with 71 assists, and also tallied 23 digs throughout the weekend. In Saturday’s match against Muskingum, Ellis tallied a season-high 29 assist and a season-high 10 digs. For the season, Ellis leads the team with 120 assists (5.45 per set) and ranks fourth with 40 digs (1.82 per set).

Shreyaa Mukund (women’s tennis) led the Spartans at the Oberlin Invitational this past weekend, as she posted a 3-1 record in singles play. Mukund also teamed with junior Mira Amin to pick up a 2-0 record in doubles action.

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)