NAC Women's Tennis Weekly Honors (Week Ending September 17)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ashley Woodside, Colby-Sawyer
(Sr. - Hampden, Maine)
Woodside won all six of her matches in a 3-0 week for the Chargers as she improved to 6-0 at No. 1 singles and 6-0 at No. 1 doubles. The senior won all three singles matches at the top flight in straight sets over top players from Johnson, Castleton and two-time reigning GNAC Player of the Week Nina Cohen from Johnson & Wales. Woodside teamed Michelle Lopes to defeat Johnson, 8-0, and then combined with Yashu Yang for a pair of victories over Castleton and Johnson & Wales, 8-3 and 8-1, respectively.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Yashu Yang, Colby-Sawyer
(Fr. - Kunming City, China)
Yang won all four of her matches in a 3-0 week for the Chargers as she improved to 5-0 at No. 2 singles and 5-0 at No. 1 doubles. She began her week with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Castleton's No. 2 player in a 9-0 win for the Chargers. Yang combined with Ashley Woodside at No. 1 doubles for an 8-3 win over the Spartans top duo. Yang finished the week with another impressive victory at the second singles flight over a player from Johnson & Wales 6-2, 6-1. Yang and Woodside combined again for a convincing 8-1 victory at No. 1 doubles as the Chargers handed JWU its first loss of the season by an 8-1 score.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton went 1-2 during the week but collected their first conference victory with a dominating 9-0 performance against Green Mountain College. Megan Nadler improved to 7-1 on the year, which leads Castleton. Next, the Spartans will play three straight home matches against conference opponents, beginning with the MCLA at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
Colby-Sawyer pushed its win streak to six to begin the 2017-18 campaign with three impressive victories last week. The Chargers earned a pair of 9-0 conference wins over Johnson and Castleton before ending the week with a convincing 8-1 victory over Johnson & Wales, which won the GNAC last season. Colby-Sawyer now has two wins over teams that reached the NCAA Tournament last year after beating Nichols earlier this season. The team will host a pair of conference matches against Green Mountain and Lyndon sandwiched around the Grass Court Doubles Tournament held at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I.
Green Mountain was handed a pair of losses this week in matches against Castleton and MCLA. The Eagles opened conference play with a 9-0 loss to the Spartans on Tuesday, then were defeated 8-1 at the hands of the Trailblazers on Saturday. Jannelle O'Connell notched the lone win on the week for the Eagles in third flight singles. GMC will head to Colby-Sawyer on Wednesday before finishing the week with a doubleheader weekend against Thomas and Husson.
Husson won both matches this past week, 9-0, versus Lyndon and Johnson. The team continues to have success on the young season.
Johnson (2-4, 1-2 NAC) went 1-2 on the week, falling to Colby-Sawyer 9-0 on Tuesday, beating Thomas 5-4 on Saturday, and dropping its Sunday match to Husson 9-0. The Badgers host Lyndon on Thursday in a NAC tilt, followed by a trip to MCLA on Saturday and Western New England on Sunday.
Lyndon struggled through an 0-3 week, losing to MCLA on Wednesday before dropping a pair of NAC contests to Husson and Thomas on Saturday and Sunday. Sophomore Savannah Jackson picked up her first singles win of the season against Thomas, taking the No. 3 singles match.
MCLA went 2-0 on the week defeating Lyndon and Green Mountain to earn NAC victories. Mariza Sfakianaki and Sam Gawron both went unblemished out of the 1-2 singles spots, while also earning a pair of points in doubles. MCLA continues NAC play on Tuesday when they head to Castleton.
Thomas finished the week 1-2 in NAC action as the Terriers fell to Husson, 8-1, on Tuesday and 5-4 to Johnson on Saturday. The Terriers earned their first victory of the season in a 6-1 win over Lyndon to wrap up the weekend. Senior Olivia Mora went a perfect 3-0 in number one singles and 2-1 in number one doubles with partner Irune Arruti Moreno.