(ROCHESTER, N.Y.) – Three Carnegie Mellon University athletes earned Athlete of the Week honors from the University Athletic Association (UAA) when the awards were released on Monday, March 17. Junior Thomas Vandenberg (Mamaroneck, N.Y./Mamaroneck) of the men's track and field team and tennis players Abhishek Alla (Hyderabad, India/IMG Pendleton School) and Nicholle Torres (Weston, Fla./Great Neck South) had stand out performances at their respective events.
Vandenberg became the second runner in Tartans history to earn All-America when he finished fourth in the 800-meter run in a time of 1:52.47 at the 2014 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships. He is also just the third Tartan to compete in a running event at the indoor championships.
In tennis action, Alla, a sophomore on the men's tennis team led the Tartans to a 4-1 week and a 5-1 record over the course of six days, including four wins over top 20 opponents. He was consistent all week in his No. 1 singles matches, winning four while dropping one and only after playing in three tiebreakers. Alla was 3-0 at the Stag-Hen invitational where he didn't drop a set and defeated No. 1 Washington University's Ross Putterman 6-4, 6-2. After the Tartans opened spring break with a 3-0 record they jumped from 19th in the nation to 11th.
Torres, a freshman on the women's tennis team, earned the weekly honor for helping the eighth-ranked Tartans achieve a 3-1 mark over spring break in California with wins over two nationally ranked teams. She played both four and five singles and earned a 3-0 record in singles play against three nationally ranked teams, winning twice in straight sets. She also helped the team with a 3-1 doubles record at the two and three positions.
Vandenberg will continue on to outdoor track and field when the Tartans open the season at Washington & Lee University's Track and Field Carnival on Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22. Both Alla and Torres will be back in action on Saturday, March 22 at the University of Mary Washington when the men take on Johns Hopkins University at noon and the women face the host school at 10:00 a.m.