LOUDONVILLE, N.Y.- Siena women’s tennis’ Mitsuki Fukamachi and water polo’s Samantha Voelker have been named the Leo Dufort Student Athletes of the Month for March. The duo achieves this honor for their success on and off the playing surface.
Fukamachi, a psychology major from Mayfield Hts., Ohio has played 13 singles matches, all at the number three spot, amassing an 8-5 record. She is currently riding a three match win-streak. In doubles the junior has played all of her matches with Ali Garrity at number one and the pair currently sports a 9-6 record at the top doubles position. The eight singles victories rank second on the team while the nine doubles wins are also tops on the team out of any doubles pair. In the classroom as a psychology major, Fukamachi currently sports a 3.39 grade point average after obtaining a 3.88 GPA for the fall semester.
Voelker, the senior center from Libertyville, Ill. ranks second on the team with 39 goals. She has seen action in 23 games for Siena this season. With two games remaining in the regular season, the senior has tallied a total of 73 goals in her career. As a creative arts major, Voelker achieved a 3.68 grade point average, bringing her cumulative GPA to a 3.44.
The Leo Dufort Student Athlete of the Month Award is presented nine times annually (September-May) throughout the academic year. The award recognizes exemplary achievements in both academics and athletics. The late Leo Dufort received a B.S. in marketing and management from Siena in August of 1977. His entire academic career was completed on a part-time basis beginning in the spring of 1961, as a married adult while at the same time raising five children. He passed away suddenly of a heart attack while cross country skiing in February of 1993. His wife Jeanine wanted to do something to immortalize his memory. The original plaque was donated to athletics and the department began the Leo Dufort Student Athlete of the Month Award to help carry out his legacy. Dufort graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1954, was a Navy Veteran (USS Bennington) who worked for JL Hammett Co. at the time of his death.