NAC Women's Tennis Weekly Honors (Week Ending September 24)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kirsten Kruk, Castleton
(Jr. - Clifton Park, N.Y.)
Kruk earned three wins during the week to improve to 5-4 on the year at third singles. The junior surrendered just six games of the 42 she played. Against her opponent from MCLA, she rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 win, then tallied a 6-1, 6-2, and a 6-1, 6-1 line against Husson and Thomas, respectively.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Yashu Yang, Colby-Sawyer
(Fr. - Kunming City, China)
Yang defeated her opponent from Green Mountain at the No. 2 singles slot without dropping a game as the Chargers defeated the Eagles 9-0. The rookie improved to 6-0 at the second flight this season.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton outscored its opponents 25-2 during a 3-0 week against three NAC squads. On Tuesday, the Spartans downed MCLA 8-1, before triumphing by the same tally against Husson on Saturday. Finishing off the weekend, Castleton shutout Thomas at home. Megan Nadler improved to 10-1 on the year in singles play with three wins, while Kirsten Kruk, Emily Miller, and Alexis Curley all went undefeated (3-0). Women's tennis returns to the courts for a road conference matchup at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday when they travel to face Lyndon.
Colby-Sawyer pushed the team's win streak to seven in a row to start the 2017-18 campaign with a 9-0 win over Green Mountain in the lone match of last week. Colby-Sawyer also improved to 4-0 in conference play. The team will look to continue its hot start next week with a pair of NAC matches at Thomas and Husson. The Chargers will also send members to the Grass Court Doubles tournament on Friday, which was originally scheduled for last Friday. A couple of other players will compete at the ITA's hosted by Williams on Friday.
Green Mountain was downed in all three matches this week falling to Colby-Sawyer, Thomas, and Husson. Claire Chapman led the way with two wins during the week. The Eagles will wrap up their regular season with matches against Johnson, Lyndon and SUNY Delhi this week.
Husson went 1-2 this past week. The Eagles fell to Southern Maine, 6-3, and Castleton, 8-1, and then rebounded with an 8-1 win over Green Mountain.
Johnson (3-6, 2-3 NAC) was 1-2 on the week, starting with a conference win over Lyndon on Thursday, 8-1. The Badgers fell in games over the weekend to MCLA on Saturday and Western New England on Sunday. Johnson will visit Green Mountain and Lyndon on Wednesday and Thursday, and then host Castleton on Saturday.
Lyndon fell to Thomas and Johnson this past week and saw it's match with Colby-Sawyer postponed. The Hornets have a full slate this week, taking on Castleton, Johnson, Green Mountain and Plattsburgh.
MCLA went 1-2 on the week. The Trailblazers fell to Castleton, 8-1, and Sage, 9-0, while claiming a hard fought 5-4 conference win over Johnson. MCLA will finish out NAC play this week with matches against Husson and Thomas.
Thomas split matches this week, going 1-1 in conference play. The team earned a 7-2 win over Green Mountain on Saturday in which Olivia Mora broke the Thomas career singles wins record with her 24th victory. The Terriers wrapped up the week as they were swept by Castleton. They will host the defending NAC Champions, Colby-Sawyer, on Saturday, September 30, at 1:00 p.m.