Wildcat of the Week: Kate Turvy

It would be easy to pick Kain Colter. I will get to him in the honorable mentions.

This week’s Wildcat of the Week though is senior women’s tennis player Kate Turvy.

Turvy continued Northwestern’s strong tradition at the ITA Midwest Regionals by winning the regional competition and gaining an invite to the USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships next week in Flushing, N.Y. Turvy defeated Notre Dame’s Britney Sanders 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 to become Northwestern’s 10th Midwest Regional winner in the last 14 years. That is quite a legacy Turvy joined.

Turvy had advanced to the semifinals of the Midwest Regional the last two years and entered the tournament as its top seed. She is ranked No. 12 in the nation for what looks like another strong Northwestern women’s tennis team.

Honorable Mentions

Kain Colter, Football: Northwestern gave the ball to Kain Colter after he was very public about the team’s struggles offensively. Colter delivered in a big way and got the Wildcats rolling in the 38-27 victory. Colter rushed for 166 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries. You knew he was going to have a big day on his first drive when he converted two third downs with is legs on designed passes and Iowa was simply unable to stop him. Colter won the Big Ten’s offensive player of the week and pushed his season rushing total to 622 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns.

Anna Cassell, Women’s Soccer: After struggling to start the Big Ten season, the women’s soccer team has finally found its footing. Anna Cassell became NU’s second consecutive Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after she posted a 1-0 shutout in NU’s season finale against Michigan State. It was Northwestern’s third straight Big Ten win and also marked coach Mark Moynihan’s 200th career victory. Cassell made six saves in the win over Michigan State and finished her season with her second straight shutout and a 253-minute shutout streak. In addition, the three-game win streak to end the season was Northwestern’s first since 1998.

Alberto Zannoti, Men’s Tennis: Zannoti won the Wildcat Invitational this weekend defeating Western Michigan’s Andrew Cahn in the final, 6-7, 6-2, 10-8. Certainly a marathon match at the end to take home the title. Zannotti appeared in only nine matches as a freshman going 3-6, and he did not appear in any Big Ten duals. Winning at the Wildcat Inviational was a big step up for the sophomore. Hopefully that is a good sign for the spring season ahead.

Special shout out to San Francisco Giants pitcher and Northwestern alum George Kontos. Kontos was a relief pitcher for the World Series champion Giants and pitched eight games during the postseason, pitching 5.1 innings and giving up four earned runs. He went 2-1 this season with a 2.47 ERA in 44 appearances. Congrats to George, glad to have another Northwestern World Series winner!

  • Watching and (Mostly) Waiting

    Tough competition at LTP, when Colter can win B10 OPOTW but not be athlete of the week right at home! Good to see recognition of other sports, though, so a tip of the cap to Kate–any win over ND is a big win!
    Also thanks for the shout-out to George Kontos. My son was his teammate at NU in 2004 and 2005. Kontos joins Jay Happ, now with the Toronto Blue Jays, but who pitched for NU those same seasons, and earned a WS ring with the Phillies a few years ago. If you’re wondering how coach Paul Stevens could have two future MLB players in his rotation (plus a AAA, AA) and not even make the B10 tournament (top 6 teams)… But, I digress; LTP said to stay positive this week.

    • i’m remiss on Kontos..thanks for the note.

    • Haha, thanks for the perspective. I try to use this spot to shine a light on the non-revenue sports. So you have to do something REALLY good in football and basketball to win. It is an admitted double standard. But Kate earned it this week!