PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Gustav Jigrup, Colby-Sawyer
(So. - Vastra Frolunda, Sweden)
Jigrup continued his impressive play this season by winning both of his No. 1 singles matches and both of his doubles matches last week. He began the week with an impressive 6-3, 6-1 victory over the top player from Division II Bentley. He then collected the second of the Chargers' three points on the day with a win at No. 2 doubles with Andrew Peloquin. Jigrup and the Chargers ended the week with an 8-1 win at Thomas. He dropped just two games (6-1, 6-1) in a win at the top flight in singles and teamed with Peloquin to win 8-6 at No. 1 doubles.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Soren Pelz-Walsh, Castleton
(Sr. - Dummerston, Vt.)
Pelz-Walsh turned in another solid week, as the Spartans completed the season sweep over Norwich with a 7-2 win. The senior teamed up with Quentin Barthe in No. 2 doubles to capture a perfect 8-0 victory. He followed that up with an impressive straight sets (6-2, 6-1) victory in the No. 2 singles slot. On the season, Pelz-Walsh has collected seven wins in all competitions with respective records of 3-1 and 4-0 in singles and doubles play.
AROUND THE NAC EAST
Castleton (4-0) maintained its perfect start to the year and completed the season sweep over Norwich with a 7-2 victory on Wednesday. The Spartans turned in an impressive performance, winning all three doubles flights, while capturing four of their five singles wins in straight sets. The squad is back in action on March 31 when it travels to Albany, N.Y. to face the Sage Gators in non-conference play at 4:00 p.m.
Colby-Sawyer went 1-1 last week, with the loss coming from Division II Bentley, 5-3. Gustav Jigrup won at No. 1 singles and at No. 2 doubles with Andrew Peloquin, while Dean Boodakian came away with a win at No. 5 singles. The Chargers ended the week with an 8-1 victory at Thomas in the NAC East Division opener. Colby-Sawyer will host MCLA on Saturday.
Green Mountain posted a slim 5-4 non-conference victory over MCLA in its only match of the week. The Eagles held an early 4-1 advantage, but needed a three-set victory in the final sixth flight singles match to edge past the Trailblazers. Grey McCampbell and Thomas Grunow each posted two wins in doubles and singles action. In the lone match of the upcoming week, the Eagles will host Norwich this Saturday at 10:00 a.m.
Johnson State went 0-1 on the week dropping an 8-1 non-conference match to Lyndon. Richie Perez earned the team's lone set, while Corey Nystrom battled to a tie-breaker and unfortunately lost. The Badgers are 0-3 on the year and will travel to Norwich University on Thursday for a 3:00 p.m. match.
Lyndon picked up the first win of the 2016 season Saturday. The Hornets topped Johnson 8-1 in a non-conference match. Lyndon travels to Castleton on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. before hosting Thomas on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.
MCLA fell to Green Mountain, 5-4, in a non-conference matchup on Thursday. The Trailblazers took the No. 1 doubles match behind Aaron Goldsmith and Rob Wabshinak as they won 8-6. Wabshinak also claimed the No. 2 singles flight (2-6, 6-3, 6-2), while Michael Rooney won No. 4 singles (3-6, 6-1, 6-3) and Jeffrey Mason won No. 5 singles (6-2, 6-2). The Trailblazers are off until Saturday when they open NAC play at Colby Sawyer.
Thomas (0-7, 0-1 NAC East) dropped a pair of home matches last week, falling to Southern Maine, 6-3, on March 23 and to Colby-Sawyer, 8-1, on March 26 in the conference opener. The Terriers received a three-set win from Nathan Philbrook at No. 5 singles along with a pair of forfeits against USM. Philbrook also accounted for Thomas' lone point against Colby-Sawyer, again at No. 5 singles, but this time in a match tie-breaker. The Terriers take to the road this weekend to face Johnson State at 1:00 p.m. Saturday and Lyndon at 1:00 p.m. Sunday. The Lyndon match is a non-conference match.