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Volleyball's Austin Named CU Athlete of the Week
Release: October 09, 2012
By: Paul Swenson, Student Assistant SID
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BOULDER - Volleyball's Alexis Austin earned this week's CU Athlete of the Week honor for her play during the week of Oct. 1-7.  CU's Athlete of the Week is sponsored by Silk®, Horizon® and International Delight®.

The freshman Austin led the Buffs to a 1-1 record this past weekend, including a three-set sweep of Washington State on Friday night; CU's second conference win of the season.  The Houston, Texas native hammered 16 kills in the win and hit .289.  She also added five digs and three block assists.

Austin also led the Buffs in a loss to No. 2 Washington on Sunday where she had 11 kills, three digs and one block assist.  CU is now 12-6 overall, 2-4 in Pac-12 play.

This is Austin's second CU Athlete of the Week award of the season with her first coming on Aug. 28.

Also nominated for this week's award was juniors Jenny Coleman (women's golf) and Mattie Sperry (women's tennis).

Coleman shot a 5-over par 221 to finish tied for 13th last week at the 2012 Windy City Classic, hosted by Northwestern at the Glen View Club in Golf, Ill.  It was her second consecutive top 20 finish and 12th of her career as she carded a 75-71-75-221 scorecard.  The Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., native recorded her fourth sub-par round of the season with a 1-under 71 in the second round of the tournament.  Coleman enters CU's all-time top 10 for sub-par rounds in a season and now has 13 such rounds in her career, which is tied for the third most in school history.

In her first collegiate tennis event as a Buff, Sperry won a pair of singles matches and reached the finals in the "Golf" singles bracket at the United States Air Force Academy Invitational this past weekend.  After receiving a first round bye, the walk-on from Greeley, Colo., defeated Brooke Henry (South Dakota State), 7-5, 6-1 in the Round of 8 and then Marcelli Magday (Air Force Academy), 6-7, 6-4, 1-0(7) in the semifinals.  On Sunday in the finals, Sperry fell to Air Force's Tasha Hueffner, 6-1, 6-1.

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