MIAC Men's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week
Mohanad Alhouni, Gustavus
Tripoli, Libya / West Lutheran
The Gustavus men's tennis team picked up right where it left off a season ago with three dominant wins to start 2016, including a pair of 9-0 victories last week. Sophomore Mohanad Alhouni (Tripoli, Libya / West Lutheran) had a perfect week at both No. 1 singles and doubles with a combined 4-0 record at the top of the Gusties' lineup. For his performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Alhouni Tuesday with the MIAC Men's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week award.
Alhouni started the week by going 2-0 in the top spot of both the singles and doubles lineups in a 9-0 nonconference win against UW-Eau Claire. He helped Gustavus' top doubles tandem win 8-4, and he was a 6-4, 6-2, straight-sets winner at No. 1 singles as well. He was even better in his 2016 MIAC debut against Saint John's, as his 6-1, 6-1, singles win and 8-3 doubles victory paved the way for another 9-0 Gustavus sweep. Thus far, Alhouni is 4-0 overall in 2016.
The Gusties couldn't have gotten off to a much better start, as the team is already 3-0 with a trifecta of perfect 9-0 wins over the Johnnies, UWEC and Division II Augustana (S.D.). The team has an important day coming up Saturday as it will play a pair of MIAC matches almost simultaneously, as Gustavus hosts St. Thomas in a 10 a.m. match, and travels to Winona to face Saint Mary's at noon. The Gusties are seeking their 28th-straight MIAC title in 2016.
MIAC Women's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week
Ally Baker, Gustavus
Rosemount, Minn. / Rosemount
The Gustavus women's tennis team took a step up in competition last week, and Ally Baker (Rosemount, Minn.) certainly rose to the challenge. The Gustie sophomore was a perfect 2-0 in singles play in the top two spots in the lineup, and she helped win both her matches at No. 1 doubles as well while her team split a pair of extremely close matches against NCAA Division II foes. For her performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Davis Tuesday with the MIAC Women's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week award.
Baker brought her 'A' game Saturday in an impressive 6-3 Gustavus win over Southwest Minnesota State and a narrow 5-4 loss to Sioux Falls. Against SMSU, she was a 6-1, 6-3, winner at No. 1 singles, and helped the Gusties' top doubles team pull out an 8-5 victory. She added a 6-2, 6-2, win at No. 2 singles against Sioux Falls, and played a big role in an 8-2 win in the top doubles spot. Saturday was Baker's first action of the season, and she is off to a perfect 4-0 start, overall.
The Saturday split moved Gustavus' record to 1-2 thus far on the young season, with both losses coming to Division I and II opponents. Baker and company will be back in action against D-II competition on Sunday, with a pair of matches in Sioux Falls, S.D., where the Gusties will face both Augustana (S.D.) and Minnesota State-Moorhead. That will serve as the team's final tune-up for conference play, as the defending champion Gusties will open MIAC action on Feb. 27.