Anson and Stafford named ODAC Athletes of the Week

Peyton Williams, Sports Writer •

Emory & Henry College recently saw two of its own athletes be named as Old Dominion Athletic Conference Players of the Week. The ODAC recognized Kara Stafford for standout basketball performance and Olivia Anson for her standout swimming performance.

First for Stafford, who has played in every game of her career, she recently posted three consecutive games with over fifteen points. Stafford complimented her teammates and explained how they play a huge role in her success as well as the team’s success.

Stafford said, “Recently, I have been playing pretty well. I had my career high of nineteen points on my birthday. There wasn’t really anything specifically new that I was doing, it just so happens that these last few games have been very successful for me and a lot of that falls back on my teammates.”

To go along with Stafford’s recognition, Anson was recognized in the realm of women’s basketball, Anson was announced as the ODAC Women’s Swimmer of the Week. Anson, who was named to the Third-Team All ODAC last year, had a very impressive meet. She picked up a trio of wins in one meet, dominating the freestyle events all day long. Anson notched impressive victories in the 50-meter, 100-meter and 200-meter freestyle. With such high expectations, she knew she had to perform well. Anson stated, “I was nervous going in to my recent performances because my coach held me up to a high standard which is actually his way of pushing me to do my best. I am really happy with my recent performances and am excited for ODACs.”

Both Stafford and Anson have work left to do. The women’s basketball season is coming to an end in a few weeks, while Anson is already headed for the postseason. Both athletes are excited for the postseason and know their respective teams have worked really hard to get to the position they are in.

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