BOULDER--This week’s CU athlete of the week honor went to women’s tennis' Nuria Ormeño Ruiz. Ruiz won for her play during the week of Oct. 7-13.
Ormeño Ruiz a freshman from Barcelona, Spain advanced to both the singles and doubles Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) regional quarterfinals winning four singles and a pair of doubles matches this past weekend at UNLV.
In her doubles matches, she teamed up with senior Winde Janssens winning a pair of matches as the seventh seeded tandem before falling to the eventual tournament champions and top seed from Utah.
In singles she won her first four matches in straight sets before falling to the tournament’s runner up opponent from Nevada-Reno. Ormeño Ruiz opened the tournament in the 128-person field defeating Ros Polly Nguyen (New Mexico State) 6-1, 7-5, and then in the Round of 64 she dispatched Almundena Sanz (Idaho) 6-2, 6-3. In the third round, Ormeño Ruiz defeated Boise State’s Sandy Vo, 6-2, 6-2, and in the Round of 16 she upset the regional’s number three seed Tereza Bekerova (Utah) 6-3, 6-2.
Also nominated for this week’s award were volleyball’s Alexis Austin, women’s golfer Jamie Oleksiew, and soccer’s Anne Stuller.
Austin led the Buffs with 3.17 kills per set last weekend as the Buffs went 0-2 on the road in Pac-12 play. She averaged 1.17 digs per set and 0.50 blocks per set. In the three-set loss to Cal, Austin recorded nine kills, four digs and two blocks. Against No. 8 Stanford, she led the team with 10 kills and hit .250 while adding three digs and a block.
After struggling on her first hole in the third round of the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, Oleksiew had what head coach Anne Kelly described as "one of the best comebacks of anybody I’ve seen that’s had a rough hole like that to start the round." She recorded four birdies in the final 17 holes to post her best performance of the tournament, and the best final round of any Buff, a 1-over par 73. Oleksiew jumped 15 spots to tie for 16th, with a final score of 9-over par 225 (78-74-73).
Stuller hit the seventh game-winning goal of her career on Sunday to push the Buffs over Washington 1-0 in overtime. In the 96th minute, Stuller struck a free kick from 22 yards out to give the Buffs their first road victory of the season and the Buffs' first win over Washington in three meetings. Stuller has recorded eight goals on the season, which matches her season total from last year. This also ranks her in the top eight for a single season at CU. Her 22 total points this season ties for the most by a CU senior. The win was the Buffs' 11th victory and eighth shutout of the season. This is the first time since 2008 that the Buffs have won at least 11 games in a single season.