BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners for tennis on Tuesday. Student-athletes from Gustavus and Saint Mary's claimed the Conference's honors for March 12-18, 2019.
The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated by the Conference's sports information directors and selected by MIAC staff. Throughout the spring season, team sports (baseball, softball) Athletes of the Week will be recognized on Monday afternoons, with individual sports (tennis, golf, outdoor track and field) announced on Tuesday afternoons. The winners of the latest Athlete of the Week awards are listed below, along with details on their outstanding performances.
To view each sport's 2018-19 Athlete of the Week home page, navigate to the MIAC's Awards page or visit the 2018-19 Athlete of the Week news archive for complete details on each week's selections and winners.
MIAC Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week
Gustavus Adolphus College
Golden Valley, Minn. | Hopkins
Chase Johnson went a combined 5-1 in singles and doubles play at the highly-competitive Stag-Hen Invitational, which featured a field of eight nationally-ranked teams. Johnson went 3-0 at No. 2 singles, including a pair of three-set breakers, and posted a 2-1 record at No. 1 doubles with partner Patrick Whaling. The Gusties took seventh place with an 8-1 win over No. 31 Swarthmore after losing to No. 12 Sewanee and No. 26 Skidmore.
MIAC Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week
Saint Mary's University
West St. Paul, Minn. | South St. Paul
Laura Sonday was unbeaten in both singles and doubles play in helping the Saint Mary's women's tennis team to back-to-back conference wins over St. Olaf and St. Catherine last weekend. Sonday - who owns four-match winning streaks in both singles and doubles action - dropped just four games while posting a pair of wins at No. 1 singles, going 6-1, 5-1 against the Oles and 6-0, 6-2 versus the Wildcats. The senior also teamed with Colleen Lois to pick up a pair of victories at No. 1 doubles, winning 8-3 against St. Olaf and 8-4 against St. Catherine. Sonday has played 70 straight matches at the No. 1 singles spot for the Cardinals.