In September and October, athletics.case.edu will be holding a tournament to decide the fans' choice for the Case Western Reserve University Athlete of the Decade. The full bracket can be viewed here.
Our final match of the second round features former women's soccer player Kendra Simmons and former women's tennis player Nithya Kanagasegar. Voting for the match will begin at noon on Thursday and continue through 11:59 a.m. on Friday.
In addition to their brief biographies below, each athlete's coach as weighed in with his thoughts on what made the athlete stand out as a Spartan. Watch the full coach videos below.
Second Round Match #8 - Kendra Simmons vs. Nithya Kanagasegar
Kendra Simmons ('13) topped former football player Cameron Brown in the first round of the tournament. Simmons was a three-year member of the CWRU women's soccer team, and became just the third player in program history to be named an All-American after earning a spot on the NSCAA Third Team in 2011. The midfielder led the team in goals during back-to-back years, and finished her career with 16 goals, five assists and 37 points. Kendra was also a two-time All-UAA selection, including a first-team honoree in 2011, when she was also selected to the all-region first team. Read more about Kendra in her online bio.
Nithya Kanagasegar ('18) bested former women's cross country runner Justine Jeroski in the opening round of the tournament to advance. Kanagasegar became the first All-American in the history of the CWRU women's tennis program when she advanced to the quarterfinals of the doubles draw at the 2018 NCAA Division III Championships. She was also the first player in program history to be named the UAA Most Valuable Player, earning the honor in 2016. Nithya was named to the All-UAA team three times for her play at singles and twice for her doubles efforts. She ended her career as the program's all-time leader in doubles wins with a 76-32 career record, and was third in school history with a 56-48 singles mark. Read more about Nithya in her online bio.
What their coaches said...
Former CWRU women's soccer coach Tiff Crooks spoke about Kendra Simmons:
CWRU women's tennis coach Kirsten McMahon spoke about Nithya Kanagasegar:
Cast your vote:
Results from this week's four second round matches will be announced on athletics.case.edu on Friday afternoon. Also on Friday, the schedule of matches for the quarterfinals will be released.