PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Gustav Jigrup, Colby-Sawyer
(So. - Vastra Frolunda, Sweden)
Jigrup won all six of his matches last week in helping the Chargers to three 9-0 sweeps over conference opponents. He began with a straight-sets victory over Lyndon's top player dropping just three games and teaming with Shawn Bissonette to win at No. 2 doubles 8-1. Jigrup followed with a 6-3, 6-1 win at the top flight in a win over MCLA and again teamed with Bissonette for an 8-3 win this time at No. 1 doubles. The sophomore ended the week by handing Green Mountain's top player his first singles loss of the season in a close match 7-5, 6-4. Jigrup made it 6-for-6 for the week with an 8-3 win at No. 1 doubles with Andrew Peloquin.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Soren Pelz-Walsh, Castleton
(Sr. - Dummerston, Vt.)
Pelz-Walsh collected five more wins this week to help the Spartans improve to 9-2 on the season and 3-1 in conference The senior went 2-0 at No. 3 singles with both wins coming in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1 over Green Mountain and 6-0, 6-0 over Johnson State. The rookie partnered with Quentin Barthe to capture three doubles wins, including an 8-2 victory in the top-flight at Lyndon, and a pair of 8-0 wins at No. 2 vs. Green Mountain and Johnson State.
AROUND THE NAC EAST
Castleton picked up three wins last week to improve to 9-2 overall and 3-1 in the NAC. The Spartans began the week with an 8-1 victory over Green Mountain before completing the weekly sweep with perfect 9-0 victories over Johnson State and Lyndon. Castleton faces, arguably, its toughest test of the season on Saturday when it faces the defending NAC Champion Colby-Sawyer in conference play at 1:00 p.m.
Colby-Sawyer went 3-0 last week with all wins coming via a 9-0 score against NAC opponents. The Chargers defeated Lyndon, MCLA and Green Mountain to stay atop the standings with a 4-0 record. The team will host non-conference foe Southern Maine on Wednesday before wrapping up conference play over the weekend with home matches against Castleton and Johnson State.
Green Mountain came away without a win through three conference matches this week. The team was led by Connor Braden who posted two wins in top-flight singles action. The Eagles will host MCLA on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. before taking to the road for the team's last two matches this weekend against Johnson State on Saturday and Lyndon on Sunday.
Johnson State went 0-2 on the week falling 9-0 to Norwich in non-conference action and Castleton in conference competition. With the losses, the Badgers slide to 0-10 on the year and 0-3 in the conference. Johnson will host Green Mountain on Saturday for its last home competition of the season.
Lyndon went 0-2 this week with a 7-2 loss at MCLA Saturday and a 9-0 loss to Castleton at home. The Hornets finish out the regular season this coming week hosting Johnson State on Wednesday before traveling to Thomas on Saturday. The Hornets then return home on Sunday to host Green Mountain.
MCLA went 1-2 on the week, while earning a conference win. The Trailblazers picked up a 7-2 win over Lyndon, but fell 9-0 to both Colby-Sawyer and Thomas. MCLA will travel to Green Mountain on Wednesday for a 3:00 p.m. matchup and then host Castleton on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. to finish out the NAC East regular season.
Thomas (7-7, 4-1 NAC) ran its winning streak to seven matches over the weekend, dropping only one match in wins over Green Mountain (8-1) and MCLA (9-0). Thomas, which locked up a NAC Tournament berth, will close out the regular season on Saturday when Lyndon comes to Waterville. The Terriers defeated the Hornets, 8-1, in a non-conference match on April 3 in Stowe, Vt.