Hitting the ball hard on offense and defense was the order of weekend for this week's Athletes of the Week. Senior Emily Astarita recorded her 1,000th kill in a win over Cornell on the volleyball court while classmate Charlie Miller was hitting the ball out of the air, blocking a potentially game-tying field goal in a win over Towson on Saturday.

Their efforts are rewarded by being named the DartmouthSports.com Athletes of the Week.

Each week, DartmouthSports.com will spotlight two outstanding student-athletes - one male, one female - as the DartmouthSports.com Athletes of the Week. Student-athletes may be chosen based upon their efforts both on and off the field of competition.

Emily Astarita, Sr., Setauket, N.Y., OPP, Women's Volleyball

Emily Astarita had a great weekend, accumulating 32 kills, 37 digs and four block assists to total 35 points throughout the two matches, helping Dartmouth defeat Cornell in five sets before falling to Columbia the following day. Early in the match against the Big Red, she earned her 1,000th career kill, making her just the sixth player in program history to reach that milestone. She is currently sitting in fifth place in the all-time record book with 1,030 kills and is just two out of fourth.

Charlie Miller, Sr., Shoreview, Minn., DB, Football

Senior safety Charlie Miller made a couple of the biggest plays during the football team’s 20-17 victory over Towson on Oct. 15. The first came in the second quarter with Dartmouth clinging to a three-point lead as he intercepted a pass at the Big Green 10 to thwart a Tiger scoring opportunity. Then in the fourth quarter with just 2:19 to play, Towson lined up for the potential game-tying field goal from a mere 22 yards out. The native of Shoreline, Minnesota, made sure that kick never reached its destination by breaking through the left side of the line and blocking the kick to preserve the 20-17 lead. Miller also contributed seven tackles and broke up another pass as well to earn Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week honors and the Gold Helmet Award from the New England Football Writers Association.

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