Each week, DartmouthSports.com will spotlight two outstanding student-athletes - one male, one female - as Dartmouth's Athletes of the Week. Student-athletes may be chosen based upon their efforts both on and off the field of competition.
Junior tennis player Curtis Roby and freshman softball player Hillary Hubert made for some magical moments
in Hanover last week, taking home Dartmouth Athlete of the Week honors. Roby
went 4-0 in singles and doubles combined against Yale and Brown, helping the
Big Green give long-time head coach Chuck Kinyon a win in his final home match.
Hubert hit .600 for the week to lead the Big Green to a four-game sweep of
Yale, with two huge home runs, including a walk-off in game four of the series.
Dartmouth Female Athlete of the Week:
Hillary Hubert (Grant Park, Ill.), Softball, Outfield, Freshman
Freshman Hillary Hubert helped the softball team to a four-game sweep of Yale last weekend and was named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week. Hubert led the squad in hitting against the Bulldogs with a .600 average. The rookie helped the Big Green take all four games from Yale as she recorded nine hits, six runs along with a stellar nine RBIs. She knocked two home runs in the series. Her first came in the sixth inning of the second game of the weekend with the Big Green down 8-2. Hubert came to the plate and blasted a three-run shot that helped spur Dartmouth to a five-run inning and an eventual 10-9 victory in the bottom of the 10th inning. Her second long ball of the weekend came in the final contest of the series as her home run bounced off the foul pole in left field helping Dartmouth take an 11-3 win. Hubert now leads the team this season in runs batted in with 21 and is the leader with a .341 average. She is now fifth in the league in batting with a .341 average in Ivy games. She's also top-10 in slugging percentage (.538), on-base percentage (.402) and RBIs (21).
Your play helped ignite
your team to a four-game sweep of Yale last weekend. Talk a little bit about
the games and your play.
Our team went into the weekend with high emotion, knowing that we needed to take care of business. Losing was not an option, but we knew that Yale would be a tough team and would not hand the games to us. The series on Sunday exemplified our potential to put runs on the board and support our pitching staff. From the first pitch to the last out, there was never a doubt in my mind that we had complete control of the first game. The second game, however, was a test of our character, drive, and desire. After being down six runs going into the bottom of the sixth inning, I found myself in my favorite predicament. I love being put in pressure situations and thrive off of the opportunities when I can be the one to reassure our team that nothing is impossible. After battling for ten innings, we finally shut the door on Yale. Monday, we came out with even more confidence in each other and proved to be relentless. We capitalized on timely hitting and played each game knowing that it was just as important as the next. Our four-game sweep was a testament of the great advances we can make when we work as a team.
How are you guys
feeling now that you've got some league wins under your belt and the pre-season
is behind you?
Winning is always more fun and our goal, but our tough pre-season has only made us a better team. Having those experiences allowed us to build off of our strengths and work even harder to improve on our weaknesses. We cannot afford to look past anyone at this point in the season, and we have done a great job of building trust in one another's ability to contribute to winning games. It is a phenomenal feeling to know that someone will always be there to pick you up if you have a bad at-bat or make error in the field.
The Big Green is
fighting for the North Division title. How much fun is that for you in your
Playing for this program has been an opportunity of a lifetime. It is a great feeling to know as a freshman, I am stepping on the field with the best of players. This year's team has the capability to do even more than simply defend our Northern Division title. Our goal from the start was to work hard, play hard, and become Ivy League Champions. We all want the championship ring. The competition only gets better from this point forward, and I will continue to have fun playing the game I love.
Our freshmen have
made quite an impact this season. How does that make you feel that your class
has really stepped up and is making such a difference?
The freshmen class has done a great job of rising to the challenge of filling important positions on the team. We all share the same competitive attitude; yet have used our individual strengths to help the team succeed. I am excited to be part of such an influential class and look forward to seeing how we grow over the next three years.
Dartmouth Male Athlete of the Week:
Curtis Roby (New York, N.Y.), Men's Tennis, Junior
Junior captain Curtis Roby led the men's tennis team to a 1-1 mark over the weekend with a win against Brown in head coach Chuck Kinyon's final home match in Hanover. Roby went a perfect 4-0 in both singles and doubles, posting two wins over Yale on Friday evening, then two against Brown on Sunday. He has turned it on lately in Ivy League play with four straight singles victories and is 4-2 in doubles matches with fellow junior Stephen Greif (San Antonio, Texas)
With Chuck coaching
in his final home match on Sunday and with his last match on Wednesday, what
has he meant to your career at Dartmouth?
It has been an absolute pleasure to play for Chuck the last three years. He has been much more than just a tennis coach; he's been a great friend, an amazing supporter of mine, and a fabulous role model. He is the epitome of class, honesty, and respect. He molds all of his players into quality young men. The lessons I've learned under Chuck's tutelage will stay with me for the rest of my life.
How did it feel to
get him a win in his final match and you going 4-0 over the weekend?
The atmosphere of our last home match against Brown was unbelievable. We had friends and supporters from all over the Northeast, and the energy was electric throughout. I was a little worried that some of the guys would get overly emotional and distracted before taking care of business on the court. But thankfully, everyone came to play and we absolutely dominated Brown. It was a great way to send-off Chuck. It was really touching at the end, when the entire crowd gave Chuck a standing ovation from the seats above, with the whole team also watching and clapping nearby in a group-embrace. I was really happy that Chuck was able to enjoy that moment.
After a tough start in
singles play against Cornell and Columbia, you have turned it on with four
consecutive Ivy wins individually. What is the difference between now and
during the struggles?
My season has certainly been full of struggles. The match against Cornell was definitely the lowest point, singles-wise, over the course of the season for me. Everything felt forced on the court -- I wasn't confident, I was overthinking my shots, and I wasn't being tough enough out there. Against Penn, I somehow found that fire inside, and I was able to turn it around. Since then, I've been making up for lost time. I'm glad that I've been able to peak during the most important part of our season.
Give yourself and
your team a grade for this season and why that grade?
I give the team an A for effort, and a B+ for results.