BOULDER- Volleyball's Nikki Lindow and men's golf's Jason Burstyn picked up CU Athlete of the Week honors on Tuesday for their performances during the week of Sept. 3-9. The athlete of the week is sponsored by Silk®, Horizon® and International Delight®.
Lindow, a junior, earned all-tournament honors as the Buffs went a perfect 3-0 at the Maddie Bingaman Memorial Tournament last weekend in Baltimore, Md. She led CU with 33 kills, hit .456, posted a team-best 13 blocks and recorded 40.5 points during the tournament, and she had two matches where she recorded just one error. Lindow had 12 kills and one error on 23 attacks to hit .478 against UMBC and had nine kills and one error on 12 swings to hit a career-high .667 versus Howard. She also had a good match against Robert Morris with 12 kills and six blocks.
The volleyball team is now 7-2 on the year, tying its best start since 2003 when Colorado also started 7-2.
The senior Burstyn posted his first collegiate win and third top five finish with an impressive 68-70-138 performance in the Ballyneal Challenge on Sept. 4 in Holyoke, Colo. His 4-under par effort came despite the winds whipping around Colorado's eastern plains much of the day. He had 10 birdies on the day, with seven coming in the first round.
"I was five under through nine, and it's probably the first time I've done that in college golf," Burstyn said of his 31 on the front side of the 7,147-yard, par-71 Ballyneal layout. "The back nine is tougher here, and the wind was blowing, so I just hung in there."
Burstyn continued his hot streak at the 44th Annual Gene Miranda Air Force Falcon Invitational on Sunday and Monday, winning his second tournament in a row with a 9-under 207.
Also nominated for this week's award were Hayley Hughes (soccer) and Christian Powell (football).
Junior Hayley Hughes scored her first goal of the 2012 season to help the Buffs beat the Cincinnati Bearcats 2-1 on Sunday. Hughes, who was named to the DU Invitational All-Tournament team, scored in the eighth minute of the match to give the Buffs an early 1-0 lead.
In his first career start and second collegiate game, freshman Christian Powell rushed 28 times for 147 yards and three touchdowns in CU's 30-28 loss to Sacramento State on Saturday. His three touchdowns tied the record for the most in a game by a freshmen (true or redshirt), matching tailback Herchell Troutman's mark at Texas on Oct. 1, 1994. He became the first freshman to rush for 100-plus yards since tailback Rodney Stewart versus Kansas State in Boulder on Oct. 18, 2008 (29 rushes, 141 yards, one touchdown) and the first fullback to eclipse the century mark since Erich Kissick did so against Missouri in Boulder on Nov. 7, 1987 (16 rushes, 129 yards, one touchdown).