Spartans Grab 5 of 7 Weekly Conference Awards

For the week of October 6, Margeaux Sinibaldi, David Forry and Shelbi Kuni picked up their second SSC Athlete of the Week awards. Erin Clark won the volleyball offensive Athlete of the Week honor, and Laura Woznicki ran off with the cross country Athlete of the Week distinction.

For the first time this season, the Spartans nearly swept the weekly awards, falling short in the men’s soccer category.

Sinibaldi was her usual dominating self, recording 19 digs against St. Leo and eight against Rollins last week. Opposing hitters were limited to .126 and .125 hitting percentages. Comparatively, the Spartans hit .431 and .230 in those games.

David Forry placed second at the Florida State Invitational, an event featuring nine Division I teams. Forry’s time of 25:47.32 was his best of the season. It was his fourth top-10 finish in five tries. A total of 68 runners from 15 schools competed in the race.

Kuni scored two goals against Nova Southeastern, the fifth-ranked team in the Southeast Region. Tampa is currently ranked first in the Southeast and third in the nation. Kuni also recorded a goal against non-conference opponent Palm Beach Atlantic in a 4-0 blowout.

Erin Clark recorded 18 kills with a .452 hitting percentage in four games against St. Leo. Despite one error against Rollins, Clark still hit for a .333 percentage in that match.

Laura Woznicki posted the best time of all Tampa runners for the fifth consecutive race with a swift 18:45.77. Woznicki, a junior, placed fifth of 86 runners in the event. Her performance solidified the UT Women’s Cross Country team’s place in the national rankings. Tampa is currently ranked thirteenth after strong showings in their first few races.

This is the highest number of weekly awards Tampa has captured this season. Sinibalid and Clark led the volleyball team to a 2-0 week, bouncing back from their first loss of the season the week before. UT volleyball is currently ranked fourth in the nation.

Kuni led all scorers in the SSC this week as the third-ranked Spartans outscored their opponents 6-0 in two matches. Goalkeeper Shannon Aitken, last week’s SSC Athlete of the Week for defense in women’s soccer, recorded her third straight shutout, only needing to make one save in each game. The outstanding Tampa defense held both Nova Southeastern and Palm Beach Atlantic to a combined three shots, only one on goal. UT had 33 total shots in the two matches.

Woznicki helped UT move from No. 15 to No. 13 in the national rankings as the Spartans cross country teams held their own in a competition full of Division I teams. Forry’s outstanding time pushes Tampa closer to the Division II rankings.

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