#SAOTW: Onyekaba and Vedder Named BankNewport Student-Athletes of the Week

The University of Rhode Island Department of Athletics has partnered with BankNewport to recognize select Student-Athletes of the Week throughout the 2013-14 academic year. Each Monday, the best male and female performers from the previous week will be featured on GoRhody.com.

Ifeanyi Onyekaba - Men's Basketball
Sophomore - Abuja, Nigeria/Virginia Episcopal School

  • Ifeanyi Onyekaba recorded a team-high 21 points and 10 rebounds in the Rams' season-opening victory over Maine. 
  • He had the game's only double-double in his first-ever appearance for Rhode Island.
  • Onyekaba was 8-for-10 from the field in just 20 minutes of action.
  • Eight of his 10 boards were on the offensive glass.




Lena Vedder - Volleyball
Freshman - Arnsberg, Germany/Sanict Visula Gymnasium Neheim

  • Lena Vedder posted a .388 attack percentage in a 1-1 week for the Rams, recording 24 kills on 49 attacks with just five errors.
  • She also added nine blocks, five aces and five digs while averaging 4.19 points and 3.00 kills per set.
  • Vedder played a key role in URI’s postseason-clinching win at third-place George Washington on Sunday as she led the team with 13 kills, including the one that gave the Rams’ match point (24-15) in the fourth set.
  • She has recorded double-digit kills in seven of the Rams’ last 10 matches.



Previous BankNewport Student-Athletes of the Week

  • Nov. 4 - Paige Ethier (women's cross country), Andy Hess (men's soccer)
  • Oct. 28 - Galina Chernykh (tennis), Joseph Leavitt (golf)
  • Oct. 21 - Dylan Smith (football), Samantha Leyh (tennis)
  • Oct. 14 - Nick Fairweather (golf), Galina Chernykh (tennis)
  • Oct. 7 - Wesley Matthews (men's soccer), Callan Kinnan (volleyball)