WALTHAM, Mass. - Four Brandeis University student-athletes havebeen selected as the University Athletic Association (UAA) Playerof the Week for the week ending Sept. 14. Junior LeeBloom of West Hartford,Conn., was honored for golf; sophomore RachelRosman of Bonita Springs,Fla., for women's tennis; sophomore PaigeBlasco of Greeley, Colo., for volleyball;and rookie Sean O'Hare of Southampton,Mass., for men's soccer.
Bloom became the first Brandeis golfer to winthe Bowdoin College Invitational this weekend with a one-over-par145. Playing at the Brunswick Golf Course in Brunswick, Maine,Bloom shot the second under-par score of his collegiate career inthe first round with a two-under 70, the low round of thetournament. He followed it up with a three-over 75 in the secondround and won the tournament by four strokes over a competitor fromHusson College. It was the first tournament victory of his careerin a two-day meet. He had previously tied for first and lostmedalist honors in a playoff at the Jack Barry Invitational lastseason. As a team, Brandeis had its best-ever finish at the Bowdointournament, finishing in third place with a team score of 634,behind regional power Husson and Division II St. Anselm College
Rosman captured the 'A' flight championshiptoday as the Brandeis University women's tennis team finished insecond place out of seven teams at the ECAC Open Women's TennisChampionships at Trinity College. Rosman breezed through the firsttwo rounds of competition, dropping just three games in four setsagainst opponents from RPI and host Trinity. She then took athird-set super-tiebreaker from Sara D'Elia of Bowdoin College,6-4, 1-6, 11-9. The Judges finished in second place overall at thetournament with 13.5 points, 5.5 points behind champion Bowdoin,which won the other four flights at the tournament.
Blasco, an outside hitter, led the Brandeisvolleyball team to a 4-1 record, including 4-0 at their BrandeisInvitational, where she earned her first collegiate All-Tournamenthonor. In five matches last week, Blasco totaled 74 kills (4.35kills per set) and had a .325 hitting percentage (74 kills and 21errors in 163 total attacks), both team-highs, while alsocontributing 45 digs (2.65 digs per set), fourth-most on the squad.After a slow start in a 3-1 loss to Wellesley College on Sept. 9(12 kills, 11 errors, .023 hitting percentage, 12 digs), Blasco hitbetter than .450 in her next three matches in the tournament. Shehit .464 against Smith College (16 kills and three errors in 28total attacks), .459 against Williams College (19 kills and twoerrors in 37 total attacks) with career highs in kills (19) anddigs (12), and .485 against Trinity (Conn.) College (18 kills andtwo errors in 33 total attacks). In the final match of the weekagainst Rhode Island College, Blasco had nine kills and threeerrors in 22 chances for a .273 percentage. Overall this season,Brandeis is 7-1.
O'Hare, a rookie goalkeeper, made three savesin the Judges' 3-1 victory over Babson College on Sept. 10 to earnhis first collegiate win in his second start. He made two stops inthe first 13 minutes of the game, then stopped a Babson forwardfrom point-blank range in the 79th minute to preservethe tie as the Judges scored eight minutes later for the win.Brandeis owns a 3-1 record headed into tonight's contest withColby-Sawyer College.
Bloom is a 2006 graduate of the Loomis ChaffeeSchool. He is the son of Ronald and Cheryl Bloom, West Hartford,Conn.
Rosman is a 2007 graduate of Estero HighSchool. She is the daughter of Jay and Cathy Rosman, BonitaSprings, Fla.
Blasco is a 2007 graduate of Frontier Academy.She is the daughter of Leon and Ellie Blasco, Greeley, Colo.
O'Hare is a 2008 graduate of Hampshire RegionalHigh School. He is the son of Kevin and Suzanne O'Hare,Southampton, Mass.