PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Megan Nadler, Castleton
(So. - Rutland, Vt.)
Nadler continued her strong start to the 2017 season, improving to 5-0 in singles and claiming two more doubles wins. The sophomore was dominant in her three singles matches at the No. 2 position, losing just four of 40 games played to help the Spartans go 2-1. Against Green Mountain, Nadler cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 singles win and an 8-3 No. 1 doubles win. She then earned a 6-2, 6-0 singles win vs. Plymouth State, but dropped her doubles match 8-6 at No. 2. In her last match versus Lyndon, she claimed a 6-0, 6-0 singles win and at No. 1 doubles, she took an 8-0 win.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Yashu Yang, Colby-Sawyer
(Fr. - Kunming City, China)
Yang won her No. 2 singles match 6-0, 6-0 and combined with Ashley Woodside at No. 1 doubles to win 8-0 and lift Colby-Sawyer to a 9-0 NAC opening victory over MCLA last week.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton is hoping to bring its strong play thus far into conference action, which begins Tuesday as the Spartans travel to Green Mountain College. Castleton went 2-1 during the week with an 8-1 home win over GMC and a 9-0 victory over Lyndon.
Colby-Sawyer won its lone match of last week by defeating MCLA 9-0 in a NAC season opener for each team. The Chargers improve to 3-0. The team plays at Johnson on Tuesday before hosting Castleton on Wednesday. Colby-Sawyer then hosts Johnson & Wales, which made the NCAA Tournament last season.
Green Mountain sandwiched its first win of the year between two losses this week. The Eagles lost to Castleton during mid-week action, 8-1, before notching the team's first win on Saturday against Lyndon, 7-2. The team finished up the week against Johnson on Sunday by posting a 7-2 loss. Claire Chapman picked up three wins during the week between doubles and singles action. The Eagles will play Castleton on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. and then head to MCLA on Saturday for another match starting at 1:00 p.m.
Husson opened the 2017 season with a 5-0 win over Thomas in non-conference action. The Eagles will start conference play with three matches this week against Thomas, Lyndon and Johnson.
Johnson (1-2, 0-0 NAC) picked up the team's first win of the season in a 7-2 victory over Green Mountain on Sunday afternoon. The Badgers took two out of three doubles from Green Mountain and won five of six singles matches. Johnson hosts Colby-Sawyer in the conference opener on Tuesday, then travel to Thomas and Husson over the weekend.
Lyndon fell to Green Mountain, 7-2, and Castleton, 9-0, on Saturday. Against Green Mountain, junior Melissa Clabro picked up a win at No. 4 singles and teamed with freshman Rachel Scholfield for a win at No. 2 doubles.
MCLA went 0-2 on the week including a setback to Colby Sawyer in the NAC opener. The Trailblazers lone point this week came from Mariza Sfakianaki and Sam Gawron at Worcester State in doubles. MCLA continues league play on Tuesday when they head to Lyndon.
Thomas traveled to Husson on Saturday for the team's only contest this past week. The non-conference match was called early due to weather as the Eagles led 5-0, earning them the victory. The two teams will play again on Tuesday, September 12, in a 4:00 p.m. conference matchup.