PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tyler Small, Thomas
(Sr. - Surry, Maine)
Small earned five wins on the week as the Terriers claimed three victories, including two over conference opponents. In a 9-0 win over Johnson State and a 7-2 win over Rhode Island College, the senior was perfect as he earned two 6-0, 6-0 victories at No. 1 singles and then paired with Zach Disch, as they earned an 8-0 win against the Badgers and an 8-2 win over the Anchormen at No. 1 doubles. In a big 5-4 NAC East win over Castleton, Small posted a 6-1, 6-1 win at the top singles flight.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Soren Pelz-Walsh, Castleton
(Sr. - Dummerston, Vt.)
Pelz-Walsh collected three wins in all competition this weekend, as Castleton moved to 6-2 on the season. In a tough 5-4 loss at Thomas, Pelz-Walsh took the third-flight singles match in three sets (6-1, 4-6, 6-0) before teaming with Quentin Barthe to capture the No. 2 doubles match, 8-3. The tandem maintained that solid play the following day with an 8-5 victory in second-flight doubles at Southern Maine.
AROUND THE NAC EAST
Castleton suffered the teams first defeats of the season this weekend, falling to 6-2 overall and 1-1 in the conference with losses at Thomas and Southern Maine. Against the Terriers, Castleton led 2-1 after doubles play, but Thomas responded with four victories in the singles games to claim a narrow, 5-4 victory. The Spartans, once again, got off to a quick start in their second match of the weekend, jumping in front of the Huskies, 4-1. Unfortunately, USM fought back to hand Castleton another 5-4 defeat. The Spartans are back in action this Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. when they host the Green Mountain Eagles in conference play.
Colby-Sawyer dropped its only match of the week. After a lengthy layoff, the Chargers traveled to Waterville, Maine to face Colby and dropped the match 9-0. The Chargers are scheduled to play a full slate of matches this week against NAC East foes Lyndon, MCLA and Green Mountain.
Green Mountain was idle this week after postponing its match on Saturday against Lyndon. The Eagles will travel to Castleton on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. before hosting Thomas and Colby-Sawyer over the weekend.
Johnson State went 0-3 on the week dropping one NAC match and two non-conference matches this week. In Johnson's conference contest against MCLA, the Badgers fell 8-1 seeing Alex Harcourt earning the lone set for his team. The Badgers will host Norwich on Tuesday for another non-conference matchup.
Lyndon went 0-1 this week with a loss to Norwich on Wednesday. The Hornets will host Colby-Sawyer Wednesday before traveling to MCLA on Saturday and then hosting Castleton on Sunday.
MCLA went 1-1 on the week with a 6-3 loss to Rhode Island College and an 8-1 conference win over Johnson State. Against the Badgers, the Trailblazers won all three doubles matches in convincing fashion, as Aaron Goldsmith and Rob Wabshinak earned an 8-0 win in the top slot, while Rich LaRocque and Michael Rooney earned a win in the second match and Jeff Mason and Jared Freeman closed out the doubles points with an 8-3 win of their own. MCLA won five of the six singles matches, all in straight sets. Goldsmith and Wabshinak made quick work in the top two slots for their points. Rooney won in the fourth slot while Mason and Freeman also earned their second points of the match. The Trailblazers are back in action on Thursday when they travel to Colby Sawyer for a 3:30 p.m. matchup and then will host Lyndon and Thomas on Saturday and Sunday.
Thomas (5-7, 2-1 NAC) won three matches last week to extend the program's winning streak to five matches. The Terriers swept Johnson State, 9-0, then edged Castleton, 5-4 -- both at home. The squad capped the week with a 7-2 non-conference win at Rhode Island College. Tyler Small, Zachary Disch, Joseph Greco and Caleb Mora all went 5-1 during the week. Small and Disch each went 3-0 in singles and paired to go 2-1 at No. 1 doubles. Greco and Mora were a perfect 3-0 at No. 3 doubles and then each went 2-1 in singles play. Thomas hits the road this weekend to face Green Mountain on Saturday and MCLA on Sunday in key NAC matches.