PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Gustav Jigrup, Colby-Sawyer
(So. - Vastra Frolunda, Sweden)
Gustav picked up a pair of impressive singles wins at the top flight in a tough 1-2 week for the Chargers. The sophomore earned a come-from-behind win against MIT's No. 1 player (2-6, 6-3, 7-6) to give Colby-Sawyer one of its two points. He then picked up a signature win by defeating Siena College's top player 6-4, 6-3 to help the Chargers secure an impressive 4-3 victory over the Division I Saints.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Soren Pelz-Walsh, Castleton
(Sr. - Dummerston, Vt.)
Pelz-Walsh recorded three wins, as Castleton began the year with two straight victories. The senior rookie teamed with Quentin Barthe at second-flight doubles to pick up his first-career win with a 9-7 decision, as the Spartans defeated Norwich 7-2. He maintained that solid form in the team's 7-2 non-conference victory at Green Mountain, as he captured the No. 2 doubles match with a decisive 8-1 victory before claiming No. 3 singles in straight sets (6-0, 6-1).
AROUND THE NAC EAST
Castleton began the season with back-to-back victories over Norwich and Green Mountain. In the season opener, the Spartans swept the doubles games en route to a 7-2 victory over Norwich. The squad followed that up by losing just two matches against the Eagles to capture another 7-2 victory. The Spartans return to action on Sunday, March 20, when they travel to face Johnson State in a non-conference matchup.
Colby-Sawyer went 1-2 to open the spring portion of the schedule. Sandwiched between losses at MIT and last year's NCAA tournament rematch with Yeshiva, the Chargers earned a signature win over Siena College (Division I). Colby-Sawyer beat the Saints 4-3. The team will host Division II Bentley on Wednesday of this week.
Green Mountain opened up its season with a 7-2 non-conference loss to Castleton on Sunday. The team took both top-flight matches in singles and doubles, but could not build on that momentum throughout the match. Connor Braden posted two match wins in singles and doubles to lead the team. GMC will host a pair of games against Johnson and Lyndon this weekend.
Johnson State did not compete this week, but will kick off its season with a trip to Green Mountain on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
Lyndon started off the 2016 season Thursday with a loss to Norwich University. The Hornets take the court again Sunday at Green Mountain.
MCLA will not kick off the 2016 for another week and a half. The Trailblazers will take on Green Mountain in a non-conference matchup on Thursday, March 24, at 3:30 p.m. in Bennington, Vt. to start the season.
Thomas will begin its season today, Monday, March 14, with a matchup against NCAA Division I IUPUI. The match is the first of five for the Terriers in Hilton Head, S.C. Thomas will also face Division III schools Heidelberg (Ohio), Concordia University Wisconsin and FDU-Florham (N.J.) and Division II Shepherd (W.V.) during the week.