NAC Men's Tennis Weekly Honors (Week Ending March 19)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Quentin Barthe, Castleton
(Sr. - Bordeaux, France)
Barthe failed to drop a point against NAC opponent Johnson State in a non-conference battle on Saturday as the Spartans claimed a 9-0 win. The senior teamed up with Seth Marcil for an 8-0 victory in top doubles action and then continued his dominance in singles play, winning 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 2 position. The senior is now 4-0 in both doubles and singles play this season, giving him a perfect 8-0 mark combined through four matches at the top doubles and No. 2 singles spots.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Kei Sako, Green Mountain
(So. - Aichi-ken, Japan)
Sako, despite his limited exposure to collegiate tennis, continues to demonstrate an ability to grind out matches despite playing in the top ranked doubles pairing and number two slot in singles. In the team's non-conference 7-2 win over Lyndon, the sophomore posted a pair of victories. He teamed with doubles partner Truman Cressey to get past Lyndon's number one doubles pairing, 8-5. He then proceeded to edge past his opponent in the singles second flight with a gritty 8-7 win taking the pro set with a 7-3 tie breaker.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton went 1-0 on the week, sweeping Johnson State in its only match. The Spartans didn't concede a point during doubles action. Quentin Barthe and Ryan Mulder each had perfect marks on the day, as they each won 6-0, 6-0 in singles play following 8-0 doubles results. The Spartans travel to Norwich on Wednesday for a non-conference matchup.
Colby-Sawyer wrapped up its spring break trip to Orlando, Florida with a busy slate of matches against tough opponents. The team picked up wins over McMurry and Edgewood, but fell to Ithaca and nationally ranked Amherst and Kenyon. The Chargers will resume action on Thursday with a rematch of last year's NCAA First Round against Nichols before opening conference action at MCLA on Saturday.
Green Mountain made it two wins in a row with a non-conference victory over Lyndon on Saturday. The Eagles battled with the Hornets earning a hard-fought sweep in doubles action before taking four of six singles matches to clinch a 7-2 victory. Kei Sako, Pierce Caldwell, Javier Lugris and Daisuke Kon each came away with a pair of wins for the Eagles. GMC will play a pair of non-conference road matches this weekend with Norwich scheduled for Saturday and Johnson State slated for Sunday.
Johnson State went 1-1 in the teams opening weekend, with a loss to Castleton on Saturday followed by a 6-3 win over Wheelock on Sunday. The Badgers will host Thomas and Green Mountain college this weekend.
Lyndon finished the week 0-1. The Hornets fell to Green Mountain 7-2 in a non-conference match with Tyler Hall and Michael Sigsbury picking up wins. Lyndon will travel to take on Wheelock on Sunday at 5:00 p.m.
MCLA will open the 2017 spring season on Sunday, March 26, against Becker.
Thomas completed the team's spring trip to Hilton Head, S.C. 0-3, falling to Nazareth 7-2, St. Mary's (Md.) 9-0, and Greenville 8-1. The Terriers' next match will be on Saturday, March 25, when they travel to Johnson State for a 1:00 p.m. contest.