Feb. 15, 2005
Fans that visit gohuskies.com can vote for the Top Dawg from the previous week's sporting action. Each sport that competed during the week will have an athlete nominated, and then fans will cast their vote as to who they believe was the overall top performer. Last week, fans chose gymnastics freshman Natalie Gillan as the Top Dawg. Return to the gohuskies.com front page and cast your vote today on the fan poll located on the lower-right side.
Top Dawg nominees:
Nick Batkoski (Senior, Federal Way, Wash.)
In three games last week at UC Irvine in the Huskies' season-opening series, Batkoski went 6-for-12 (.500) at the plate. The senior third baseman also scored three of the UW's six runs on the weekend and drove in another. He hit safely in all three games, highlighted by his 3-for-4 performance in the season opener.
Brandon Roy (Junior, Seattle, Wash.)
Roy averaged 21.5 points and 8.0 rebounds last week, helping the Huskies draw a split in their visit to the state of Oregon. He hit 14-of-24 shots from the field (58%) and 13-of-15 from the free throw line (87%). Roy registered a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds in UW's 95-88 overtime victory at Oregon. He tallied a game-high 25 points with
six rebounds in the Huskies loss at Oregon State.
Cameo Hicks (Sophomore, Tracy, Calif.)
Hicks led Washington to a sweep over the Oregon schools this past week. Hicks was UW's leading scorer and rebounder in both contests, averaging 13.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals. She shot 52.2 percent from the field (12-23) and 60 percent from long range (3-5). Hicks scored 13 points and grabbed a season-high nine rebounds in the Huskies, 31-point win over Oregon State, Thursday. Six of her nine rebounds were on the offensive end. She scored just five seconds into the game and notched seven of UW's first 10 points overall to ignite the Huskies early. Avenging an earlier season loss to the Ducks, Hicks sparked the UW offense in its 81-57 win over Oregon, Saturday. Hicks had 14 points, eight rebounds, two assists and four steals. She scored nine of her 14 points in the first five minutes of the second-half, sparking UW to a 12-0 run after the intermission. That run put the game away for Washington, as the Huskies won their fifth game in the last six meetings with the Ducks. Over the weekend, Washington scored at least 81 points in both games and defeated its opponents by a combined 55 points.
James Lepp (Junior, Abbotsford, British Columbia)
Lepp placed second overall at the Waikoloa Intercollegiate, shooting
18-under 198. He broke Washington's previous 54-hole tournament record by four strokes. He helped UW to a record-setting score of 48-under 816.
Paige Mackenzie (Junior, Yakima, Wash.)
Mackenzie was Washington's top finisher at the Regional Challenge. She
placed ninth at 10-over 223. The finish marked the 13th time in Mackenzie's career she has placed in the top-10. The Huskies finished fifth as a team.
Carly Dockendorf (Senior, Port Moody, British Columbia)
Dockendorf won the all-around (39.400), floor (9.925) and uneven bars (9.900), as the Huskies scored a season-high 195.275 on Friday in a tri-meet against Oregon State and Arkansas. The three event wins raised her career-total to 43, fifth most in school history. Dockendorf also recorded a season-high 9.825 on vault on Friday and followed that up with an equal score against No. 5 UCLA on Sunday.
Kathy Fiske (Senior, Temecula, Calif.)
Fiske, a senior third baseman for the 11th-ranked Huskies, led the
team with a .429 average at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las
Vegas last weekend. She doubled and hit two home runs in three games, while driving in four runs. Fiske had a 1.429 slugging percentage and .600 on-base percentage on the weekend. On Sunday, Fiske was hit by a pitch and broke her left hand. She will be out 4-6 weeks.
Brittany Epperson (Sophomore, Olympia, Wash.)
Epperson won the 50 and 100 freestyle events en route to a 147-115 UW victory over Oregon State. Epperson won the 50 freestyle in a time of 23.59 and posted the fifth-fastest time in school history with a winning time of 51.38 in the 100 freestyle. Epperson was also a member of the winning 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.
Alex Vlaski (Senior, Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
Despite a 4-3 loss to Pepperdine on Saturday, Vlaski continues to dazzle in his senior season. The two-time All-American improved to 7-0 on the year with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Pepperdine's Pedro Rico, the 13th-ranked player in the nation. It was the highest-ranked victim of the year for Vlaski, who has beaten five ranked foes in his seven wins and he has yet to lose a single set.
Mugette Ahn (Senior, Los Angeles, Calif.)
The Husky senior was a winner in singles and doubles in Washington's 5-2 win over the 25th-ranked Ducks last Saturday in Eugene. At No. 3 singles, Ahn defeated Davina Mendiburu, 6-4, 6-1, in what had looked to be a difficult test for her. Mendiburu came into the match at 14-1 and was the Flight II singles champion at last month's Pac-10 Indoor Championships, but Ahn had no trouble asserting herself. Ahn and doubles partner Tara Simpson provided the Huskies with their only doubles win of the day, an 8-4 win over Oregon's Jamie Marshall and Anna Leksinska.
Men's Track & Field
Ryan Brown (Sophomore, Renton, Wash.)
Running in just the eighth 800-meter race of his collegiate career,
sophomore Ryan Brown broke UW's indoor school record with a time of 1:49.64 at Saturday's Husky Classic at Dempsey Indoor. The Renton, Wash., native set a UW freshman record of 1:50.97 in the event in 2003, before sitting out the 2004 season. Brown's record run Saturday broke Shane Charles' mark of 1:50.24 set just two weeks ago, at the time breaking a record which had stood more than 12 years.
Women's Track & Field
Kate Soma (Senior, Portland, Ore.)
Soma cleared 14 feet 3 1/2 inches in the pole vault at Saturday's Husky Classic at Dempsey Indoor, the highest vault by a collegian this year and more than six inches beyond her own UW indoor record. The Portland, Ore., native moved to 14th in this week's 2005 IAAF World Rankings, and is ranked second among American women only to U.S.-record holder Stacy Dragila. Soma's vault equaled the seventh-best in NCAA history, and is the fourth-best ever by a collegiate vaulter indoors.
Previous Top Dawg Winners:
Week of Oct. 11-17: Caitlin Shortt, Swimming
Week of Oct. 18-24: Courtney Thompson, Volleyball
Week of Oct. 25-31: Dallon Williams, Cross Country
Week of Nov. 1-8: Dea Sumantri, Women's Tennis
Week of Nov. 9-15: Dana Ryan, Women's Crew
Week of Nov. 16-22: Paige Mackenzie, Women's Golf
Week of Nov. 23-29: Nate Robinson, Men's Basketball
Week of Nov. 30-Dec. 6: Kayla Burt, Women's Basketball
Week of Dec. 7-13: Sanja Tomasevic, Volleyball
Week of Dec. 14-20: Brie Hagerty, Volleyball and Brandon Roy, Men's Basketball
Week of Dec. 21-27: Bobby Jones, Men's Basketball
Week of Dec. 28-Jan. 4: Tre Simmons, Men's Basketball
Week of Jan. 5-11: Tre Simmons, Men's Basketball
Week of Jan. 12-17: Dea Sumantri, Women's Tennis
Week of Jan. 18-24: Dinka Hadzic, Women's Tennis
Week of Jan. 25-31: Tara Simpson, Women's Tennis
Week of Feb. 1-7: Natalie Gillan, Gymnastics