BOULDER- Colorado's Kristina Schleich
(women's tennis) battled sunstroke and Kevin Kring
(men's golf) fought off 99 golfers en route to earning CU Athlete of the Week honors for Sept. 19-25.
Schleich, a sophomore, overcame obstacles on and off the tennis court to reach the singles and doubles finals at the Colorado Invitational, Sept. 23-25. She won three singles matches and three doubles matches on the weekend before sunstroke forced her to default in the Gold Singles Final on Sunday.
Schleich defeated Wyoming's Jessica Parizher 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-3 in her quarter-final match then rallied to claim victory over fellow Cowgirl Simona Synkova, 0-6, 6-3, 7-6(3) on Saturday. She was forced to play with little rest as she only had thirty minutes in-between matches. In doubles play, Schleich and teammate Carla Manzi Tenorio made it all the way to the finals where they fell 8-5 to Arkansas.
The Lilienthal, Germany, native is the first tennis player to be named CU's Athlete of the Week for the 2011-12 season.
Kring scored his best collegiate finish and fourth top 10 effort in the Air Force Falcon Gene Miranda Invitational. His score of 68-70-72-210 (6-under par) was good enough to tie him for a third place finish, and it was his second top five finish in seven days (he tied for fifth in the Buff's victory in their own Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational).
The 6-1 senior scored 42 pars in 54 holes in three rounds (tied for the second most in the 100-man field), and CU was named co-champions with UNLV in the tournament. It was the first time Colorado has won back-to-back major tournaments to open a season.
Also nominated this week are Megan Beckwith (volleyball) and Kate Russell (soccer).
Beckwith contributed 27 digs in two matches as Colorado fell 3-0 to both No. 15 Oregon and Oregon State. She added two assists and committed just one reception error out of the 41 times she was served. Beckwith is now fourth in Pac-12 conference matches in digs per set (4.60) and overall conference digs per set (4.54).
Russell led the Buffs in shots (3) and added ninety more minutes of play to her career resume in CU's 2-0 loss against Oregon State on Friday. Russell is currently second in shots (25) and points (5) on the team, and is tied for second in goals (2) this season.