Athletes of the Week

Week of September 8, 2014

Nicki Tetherow


One of the top defensive players at the Wittenberg Fall Classic, and in the country, was Nicki Tetherow who provided the Regals with 73 digs for 5.21 per set . The sophomore libero guided Cal Lutheran to another pair of victories over Top-25 teams as CLU swept through their second tournament of the fall with a 4-0 showing as the only undefeated team. Tetherow continues to be a menace on the court and was instrumental in a five-set thriller over No. 10 Washington U. on Friday morning. She contributed with a weekend best 28 digs and five assists in the match. During a 3-0 win over No. 8 Juniata she added 24 digs. At the service line throughout the tournament she produced five aces, three coming against Otterbein. Overall this year, Tetherow is leading the team with 215 digs (5.24 per set) and is second with 19 aces.

David Rico


On opening day, David Rico was effective through the air and on the ground against No. 17 Pacific Lutheran as he was responsible for a pair of touchdowns. The first CLU drive of the game ended with a 10-yard completion from Rico for a TD as he finished 8-for-14 for 85 yards through the air with a long throw of 18 yards. He added 35 yards on the ground including a four-yard scurry across the goal line to pull CLU back even with PLU at 21-21 early in the fourth quarter. The Kingsmen nearly completed a comeback, but ultimately fell 35-28. Rico earned the start and split time under center. He did not throw an interception.