Crusader Athletes Excel in USCAA Rankings

October 23, 2013

Senior Bridget Vander Woude spikes the ball.
Members of the 2013 Christendom College soccer and volleyball teams broke into the record books this week earning top spots in the USCAA.

Senior Bridget Vander Woude made Christendom history, becoming the first Christendom student-athlete to lead a statistical category in the USCAA. Vander Woude is currently ranked No. 1 for average aces per set with 1.43 aces per set. Also in women's volleyball, junior Mary Barbale is currently ranked No. 2 in hitting percentage at .370, while Vander Woude is ranked No. 5 at .346.

The men's soccer team features five players with high rankings. Sophomore Sean Salmon is currently ranked No. 5 in total goals. Senior Johnny Foeckler, sophomore Patrick Audino, and freshman Joey Kuplack are all ranked in the top 25 for goals scored. Additionally, goalkeeper Tim Vander Woude is ranked No. 7 in goals allowed per game and No. 10 in total goals allowed.

Sophomore Sean Salmon maneuvers down field.

For the women's soccer team, senior Morgan Kavanagh also broke into the top 10, being ranked for her total goals and points scored. Freshman goalie Anna Forst is currently ranked No. 4 for average goals allowed each game at just .83 per game.

"Congratulations go out to these tremendous young student-athletes as well as to their coaches and teams," athletic director Chris Vander Woude says. "Individual awards are so much a product of the entire team and, for these three teams, it is no exception."

Each team had great seasons due to the leadership of their coaches and the discipline and sacrifice that each player made for the benefit of the team. The men's soccer team was particularly exceptional, finishing with a record of 11-2-1 and outscoring their opponents by an astonishing 78-14 goal-margin.

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