October 2, 2017

NAC Women's Tennis Weekly Honors (Week Ending October 1)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Ashley Woodside, Colby-Sawyer
(Sr. - Hampden, Maine)

Woodside began the week in doubles action combining with Yashu Yang for an 8-1 victory over Thomas' top duo in the Chargers' 9-0 win. Woodside followed with a 6-0, 6-0 victory at the top singles flight and an 8-0 No. 1 doubles win with Yang in Colby-Sawyer's 9-0 win at Husson. Earlier in the week, Woodside and Yang reached the Flight A Finals at the Grass Court Doubles Tournament held at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The duo cruised to an 8-4 victory over the Division I tandem from Holy Cross and continued their impressive play by defeating a duo from Nichols in convincing fashion, 8-2, to hand the tandem just their second loss of the season. Woodside and Yang then dropped a hard fought match, 8-6, to Assumption College of Division II in the finals.  

  

 

 

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Yashu Yang, Colby-Sawyer
(Fr. - Kunmnig City, China)

Yang began the week in doubles action combining with Ashley Woodside for an 8-1 victory over Thomas' top duo in the Chargers' 9-0 win. Yang followed with a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 2 singles and an 8-0 No. 1 doubles win with Woodside in Colby-Sawyer's 9-0 win at Husson. Earlier in the week, Yang and Woodside reached the Flight A Finals at the Grass Court Doubles Tournament held at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The duo cruised to an 8-4 victory over the Division I tandem from Holy Cross and continued their impressive play by defeating a duo from Nichols in convincing fashion, 8-2, to hand the tandem just their second loss of the season. Yang and Woodside then dropped a hard fought match, 8-6, to Assumption College of Division II in the finals.  

 

 

AROUND THE NAC

Castleton improved to 9-4 in 2017, while moving to 6-1 in conference play and effectively clinching a spot in the season-ending championship on October 7 at Colby-Sawyer College. Megan Nadler improved to 12-1 for the Spartans, while going 4-0 in singles and doubles action. Also nabbing a pair of wins for Castleton was Kirsten Kruk, Ciara Bannister, Alexis Curley and Emily Miller. Women's tennis returns to action when they head to New London, N.H. on Saturday for the NAC Tournament.

Colby-Sawyer picked up two more 9-0 conference wins over the weekend to lock up the top seed in this week's NAC Tournament held in New London. The Chargers also had a strong showing on Friday at the Grass Court Doubles Tournament, placing second to Division II Assumption. The team will host Lyndon on Monday for a NAC regular season finale before hosting the conference tournament on Saturday. 

Green Mountain closed out its regular season slate of games with a 0-3 week with losses to Johnson, Lyndon and SUNY Delhi. Sophomore Claire Chapman led the Eagles by posting an undefeated week with six wins between singles and doubles action.

Husson defeated MCLA 8-1 and stumbled 9-0 to Colby-Sawyer. The Eagles await their seed for the conference tournament.

Johnson (5-7, 3-4 NAC) was 2-1 this past week, picking up wins over Green Mountain and Lyndon, but falling to Castleton on Saturday. Johnson rounds off their regular season with a game at Plymouth State on Wednesday.

Lyndon picked up the team's first win of the season in a 1-3 week. Senior Nichole Jones won two of her three NAC first singles matches and also picked up a win in No. 1 doubles. 

MCLA went 1-1 on the week, beating Thomas and qualifying for the NAC postseason, while also dropping a match to Husson. Mariza Sfakianaki had a solid week going 3-1 overall, including a 2-0 mark in singles. The Trailblazers will await seeding in the NAC championships

Thomas wrapped up the 2017 season with a 9-0 loss to undefeated Colby-Sawyer and an 8-1 defeat to MCLA.