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.
Once again there was lots of competition for Dartmouth athletics this past weekend, but two athletes stood above the rest to earn Athlete of the Week honors. Brandon DeBot and Madeline Baird each performed at their peak level to come out on top of the talented pool of athletes. DeBot won both his singles and doubles draws at the Dartmouth Shootout and Baird tallied 30 kills in two victories over Providence and Harvard.
Dartmouth Male Athlete of the Week
Brandon DeBot (Stevens Point, Wis.), Men's Tennis, Freshman
DeBot showed his strengths in only his second event as a member of the Big Green. Competing in the flight B singles and the flight B doubles, he was able to secure the top spot in both, and was the only Big Green player to accomplish the feat. In singles, he won four matches over a two-day span to claim the victory. He defeated athletes from Army, Boston, Amherst and Marist. In doubles, he teamed with Cameron Ghorbani (Lexington, Mass.) in order to finish first. The duo won three matches on their way to the title over Army, Boston and Middlebury.
Dartmouth Female Athlete of the Week
Madeline Baird (Austin, Texas), Volleyball, Outside Hitter, Junior
Baird has helped the Big Green volleyball team reach a mark it hasn't seen in over ten years. The Dartmouth squad is 11-2 for the first time since 1998, and the junior is one of the key pieces to the team's success. In two matches this past week, she propelled the Big Green past Providence, 3-0, and at Harvard, 3-1. In the two matches, she posted 30 kills and 14 digs. She has a consecutive double-digit kill streak of six matches and has had double-digit kills in 12 of the 13 contests. Against conference foe Harvard, she led all players with 16 kills and also recorded five digs. Her numbers this season have her second in the conference in kills and 32nd in the nation.