Matthew Fontaine, Grace Kucharski Selected WNE Student-Athletes of the Week

Matthew Fontaine, Grace Kucharski Selected WNE Student-Athletes of the Week
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--Grace Kucharski and Matt Fontaine of the women's volleyball and men's golf teams, respectively, have been chosen the Western New England University Student-Athletes of the Week, for the period ending Sunday.

A junior defensive specialist from Avon (Conn.) High School, Kucharski won the Commonwealth Coast Conference Libero of the Week for the second time in a row on Tuesday. She earned WNE Invitational most valuable player accolades after leading the tournament with 47 digs in nine sets for an average of 5.22, helping the Golden Bears claim the championship for the second straight year. The business management major had a season-high 22 digs against Emerson in the Invitational-clinching match. She also had 18 digs and a career-high 10 assists in a 3-0 win at Johnson & Wales to start the week. In her top three performances of the week, Kucharski averaged 6.8 digs per set, while recording three service aces and 15 assists.

For the season, Kucharski ranks second in the CCC with 4.92 digs per set on WNE squad that has started the season 8-0.

Fontaine made quite an impression in his collegiate debut over the weekend by being named the CCC's first-ever golfer and rookie of the week. The freshman out of East Longmeadow High led the Golden Bears in scoring with a 154 at the Trinity College Fall Invitational on Saturday and Sunday. In the 36-hole event, he scored a 78 and a 76 to tie for seventh place overall. Fontaine was the highest-ranking freshman in the tournament that featured 45 individuals, while Western New England came in fifth in corrected scoring by Trinity officials. He is an accounting and finance major.