NAC Women's Tennis Weekly Honors (Week Ending September 3)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ashley Woodside, Colby-Sawyer
(Sr. - Hampden, Maine)
Woodside won both of her No. 1 singles and both No. 1 doubles matches to help the Chargers earn a pair of good wins over Gordon and Nichols. The senior defeated Gordon's top player 6-3, 7-6 (3) and also earned a straight sets victory over Nichols No. 1 6-0, 6-4. Woodside combined with freshman Yashu Yang for a pair of convincing No. 1 doubles win by scores of 8-2 versus Gordon and 8-4 against Nichols.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Yashu Yang, Colby-Sawyer
(Fr. - Kunming City, China)
Yang made her collegiate debut this weekend and won all four of her matches to help the Chargers to a pair of great wins over Gordon, 7-2, and Nichols 5-4. Yang cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Gordon's No. 2 player and then played the match of the year thus far to earn a comeback win against Nichols. After dropping the first set 6-4, Yang pulled even with a 6-4 win of her own in the second set. Trailing 5-2 in the third set and facing multiple match points, Yang kept fighting and came all the way back to force a tie break. She won the tie break 7-2 and the match to lift the Chargers to the victory over the CCC preseason favorite. Yang also combined with Ashley Woodside for a pair of convincing No. 1 doubles win by scores of 8-2 and 8-4.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton opened its season with a decisive 7-2 victory over Johnson State College, before tripping up in its second match versus Plattsburgh 6-3. Megan Nadler went a perfect 4-0 between singles and doubles, while Danarose Weaver earned three points (3-1). Ciara Bannister and Kirsten Kruk went 2-2 over the week. Women's tennis returns to action at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday against Green Mountain College.
Colby-Sawyer won both of its matches to open the 2017 campaign. The Chargers cruised to a 7-2 road win at Gordon before earning a 5-4 come from behind victory over CCC preseason favorite Nichols. Trailing 4-2 in the match against the Bison, the Chargers won the remaining three singles matches at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 to complete the comeback in a match that took over four hours. The team will play Division II Southern New Hampshire on Wednesday before opening conference play at MCLA on Saturday.
Green Mountain opened the regular season with a 9-0 loss to Sage on Saturday. The Eagles will be back in action three times this week. On Tuesday, the women will travel to Castleton for a 4:00 p.m. match. The team will then host Lyndon on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. before hitting the road to face Johnson at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Husson will open the 2017 season on Saturday, as the Eagles play host to Thomas at 11:00 a.m. in a non-conference matchup.
Johnson (0-2, 0-0 NAC) dropped both of their matches in the opening weekend. The Badgers dropped a 7-2 decision in their season opener against Castleton on Friday, followed by a 9-0 defeat to Plattsburgh State on Saturday. Johnson will travel to Lyndon on Wednesday and host Green Mountain on Sunday.
Lyndon fell to Plymouth State this past week, 9-0. The Hornets look to rebound this coming week with two matches on the schedule. Lyndon will host Johnson on Wednesday and travel to Southern Vermont for a match with Green Mountain at Castleton on Saturday.
MCLA will open the season on Thursday at Worcester at 4:00 p.m. The Trailblazers then host Colby-Sawyer for their first conference matchup of the season on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Thomas fell in the only match of the week as they took an 8-1 loss on the road at the University of Southern Maine. The Terriers next contest will be on Saturday, September 9, as they face Husson at 11:00 a.m.