Entering its fifth year, the Wildcat of the Week award focuses on individual performances on the field/court/course over the past seven days. Every Monday, two student-athletes (one male and one female) will be selected and featured on the home page as this week's Wildcat of the Week.
Monday October 14, 2019
Male – Enrique Valverde – Jr. - Golf:
Enrique Valverde helped the men's golf team clinch the 2019 CACC Championship after coming back to move up five spots from the first round to claim medalist honors with a 75-72 for a 147 (+3). In the first round, Valverde was in sixth place, but came back after sinking a birdie on the par four second, before getting an even par on the par four hole. He got as low as one-under par, but ended the championship even. The junior from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic is the first individual for Wilmington to earn the individual medalist honors since his former teammate Joey Russo did in 2015.
Female – Annabel Cortez – Fr. - Cross Country:
Freshman Annabel Cortez led the Wildcat women at the Jack St. Clair Memorial after finishing 19th overall out of 122 runners with a time of 25:58.0 in the 6K. The women finished sixth overall out of 12 collegiate teams with 166 points. Cortez' personal-best this season in the 6K came at the Don Cathcart Invitational on October 5, where she finished 24th overall with a time of 23:32.44.
Monday, October 7, 2019
Male – Garrett Checchi – So. – Men's Cross Country:
Checchi ran a new personal best 8K this past weekend, finishing seventh out of 146 runners at the Don Cathcart Invitational with a time of 25:48.73. The sophomore finished first for the Wilmington University men, helping them to a second place finish out of 15 teams, earning 65 points. Checchi beat his personal best 8K from last season by over a minute, which was 26:54.7 at the Inter-Regional Border Battle.
Female – Andrea Ribalta – Sr. – Women's Tennis:
The senior from Barcelona, Spain went 4-0 this past week for the Wildcats, helping them to a 1-0 record. Ribalta went 2-0 against Holy Family, including a 2-0 sweep in No. 1 singles, while winning 6-2 in No. 2 doubles with teammate Mallory Nolte. On October 5, she came back in No. 2 singles, winning the superset, 13-11, while clinching No. 2 doubles with a 7-6 win with Nolte. This season, she has only lost one singles match, going 6-1 so far, while going 3-4 in doubles throughout seven matches.
Monday, September 30, 2019
Male – Ben Jordan – Jr. – Men's Soccer:
Ben Jordan had two goals and two assists for the men's soccer team last week, to help the Wildcats stay undefeated throughout eight games. The junior midfielder scored one goal and had one assist against Georgian Court, including his first penalty kick of the season. Jordan also scored one goal and had one assist in the men's 5-0 shutout over Dominican, while playing 39 minutes. He finished the week out with six points on four shots, for a .750 shots on goal percentage. He sits tied for eighth in the conference with teammate Fredrik Bentdal with eight points on the year, while tying for third in the league with four assists.
Female – Rebecca Rawlinson – Sr. - Volleyball:
In 13 sets played throughout three games, Rebecca Rawlinson collected 26 kills and 24 blocks for the Wildcats, helping them to a 2-1 record for the week. The senior had 10 kills and seven blocks to begin the week against Goldey-Beacom, before putting up nine kills and seven blocks in the Wildcats 3-2 win over top seeded Georgian Court. On Homecoming, she had seven kills and 10 blocks, seven of those blocks being solo, which is tied for second in program history with the most solo blocks in a match. Rawlinson finished out the week totaling 1.85 blocks per set, five service aces, and 2.00 kills per set. She is currently atop of the CACC with 1.11 blocks per set, and is first in total blocks with 62.
Monday, September 23, 2019
Male – Shawn Genus – Jr. – Men's Soccer:
The junior from St. Elizabeth, Jamaica scored one goal and had two assists for the Wildcats this past week. Genus had four shots in Wilmington's 2-1 win over Southern New Hampshire, while collecting four points with a goal and two assists in an 8-1 win over Felician. He helped the Wildcats finish 2-0 during the week, while finishing with 11 shots and a .455 shots on goal percentage. He is currently tied for fifth in the CACC with seven points, third in the league with 18 shots, and tied for second in the conference with three assists.
Female – Sarah Couch – So. – Volleyball:
Sarah Couch was named to the All-Tournament team, as she collected 112 assists and 25 digs for the Wildcats at the Daemen Classic over the weekend. The sophomore had a tournament-high 40 assists against Glenville St. to go along with eight digs and four service aces to begin the weekend. She was one dig shy of a double-double in the Wildcats match against Salem, finishing with 27 assists, nine digs, and six service aces. Throughout 13 sets played, she finished with 7.62 assists per set and 1.92 digs per set. She currently ranks second in the CACC with 9.67 assists per set, while leading the conference with a 0.70 service aces per set percentage.
Monday, September 16, 2019:
Male – Lorne Bickley – R.Jr. – Men's Soccer:
Bickley has been an attacking threat for the Wildcats since coming back this season after a year off. The red shirt junior finished with one goal and one assist last week. His lone goal came in the opening minutes against No. 1 West Chester, which helped the Wildcats to an early lead over the Rams. Against New York Tech, he collected an assist on a shot Abdul Mansaray for the second goal of the game. Bickley had 13 shots to finish with a .615 shot on goal percentage and three points. He is currently first in the CACC in goals (4), points (10), and shots (24).
Female – Mandy Behiels – Jr. – Volleyball:
In the Wildcat Regional Invitational, Behiels had 45 kills and 52 digs to help the Wildcats to a 2-2 record. She secured a double-double in all four matches, including 10 kills and 12 digs against Le Moyne and 12 kills and 14 digs against American International. In 17 sets played, she had nine service aces, while making three block assists and one block solo. She finished the tournament hitting .117 with a total of 56.5 points. The junior outside hitter ranks third in the CACC with 77 kills and 12th in the league with 81 digs.
Monday, September 9, 2019:
Male – Abdul Mansaray – Sr. – Men's Soccer:
In his first action since October 30, 2017, Abdul Mansaray put up two goals and an assist in two games to help lead the Wildcats to a 2-0 start. After Millersvilles scored to close the gap to 2-1 in the second half, Abdul scored back-to-back goals less than a minute apart to secure the 5-1 victory for the Wildcats. He then got a touch on a corner in the 100th minute against UDC, a ball that Joe Bell headed home for the golden goal on Saturday. Abdul finished with two goals and an assist for five points in his return weekend.
Female – Jessica Unsihuay – R.Jr. – Women's Soccer:
The redshirt junior lifted the Wildcats to a season opening 3-2 victory at New York Tech on Friday afternoon. She scored two goals in the game, both breaking ties in the second half. Her first goal in the 57th minute broke a 1-1 tie and then she scored the game-winner in the 81st minute off a pass in the box from Samantha Emmi. In two matches, she has seven shots, four of which have been on goal. The Wildcats went 1-1 in the opening weekend.