This week's outstanding athletes come from the hardwood of indoor courts. Junior Gabas Maldunas is leading the men's basketball team while Sophomore Paige Caridi is performing well for volleyball. Maldunas had a pair of double-doubles in two basketball games last weekend, while Caridi ended the volleyball season with a pair of double-doubles.
Their efforts are rewarded by being named the Northeast Credit Union Athletes of the Week.
Each week, DartmouthSports.com will spotlight two outstanding student-athletes - one male, one female - as the Northeast Credit Union Athletes of the Week. Student-athletes may be chosen based upon their efforts both on and off the field of competition.
(Austin, Texas) So, OH, Volleyball
Women's volleyball player Paige Caridi ended the season with arguably her best weekend in Ivy League play, registering a pair of double-doubles as Dartmouth went 1-1 versus Cornell and Columbia. The sophomore Outside Hitter led the offensive attack versus the Big Red, tallying a match-high 17 kills. On the defensive end, Cairdi had 19 digs. The contest marked the third time in 2013 that the Austin, Texas, native produced 19 or more digs. In the finale, Caridi had 14 kills and 11 digs to lead the Green and White past the Lions. The victory snapped a seven-match losing skid for Dartmouth against Columbia. The victory also marked the second time in three years under head coach Erin Lindsey that the Big Green finished the year with an Ancient Eight triumph.
(Panevezys, Lithuania ), Jr., F/C, Men's BasketballGabas Maldunas led the Big Green last week with a pair of double-doubles, contributing 14 points and 11 rebounds in a 10-point loss to Bryant before scoring 16 points and grabbing a whopping 17 rebounds — the most by a Dartmouth player in 15 years — in an 18-point victory over UMass Lowell. While it is still early in the season, Maldunas far away leads the Ivy League in rebounding average at 11.7 per game, and his field goal percentage of 65.2 ranks fourth in the league. The center even leads the team with eight assists in the first three games.