MIAC Tennis Athletes-of-the-Week - March 22, 2016

MIAC Tennis Athletes-of-the-Week - March 22, 2016
   

MIAC Men's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week

Matt Schull, Bethel
Eagan, Minn. / Henry Sibley

The Bethel men's tennis team had quite the spring break, going 7-0 to build up an impressive winning streak over a five-day stretch in Florida. Matt Schull (Eagan, Minn. / Henry Sibley) was a huge reason for the Royals' success on the trip. Despite battling an illness all week, the junior went 9-0 overall - 3-0 at No. 1 singles and 8-0 at No. 1 doubles. For his performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Schull Tuesday with the MIAC Men's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week award.

Schull scored his singles wins against Franklin Pierce (7-6, 6-1), UW-La Crosse (4-6, 6-4, 13-11) and Calvin (6-0, 6-3), highlighted by his come-from-behind victory against the No. 1 singles player from UWLC, the region's 13th-ranked team. His No. 1 doubles victories came against St. Ambrose (8-3), Franklin Pierce (8-5), Illinois Wesleyan (8-3), and he and Luke Palmquist pulled off a pair of clutch 9-8 wins over UW-La Crosse and Calvin to close the week. Thanks to his perfect spring break, Schull improved to 10-2 at No. 1 singles this season, and he is now 11-3 at No. 1 doubles.

Thanks to the perfect performance in Orlando, Bethel has now won eight-straight matches and improved its overall record to 14-3. The Royals are currently 1-2 in conference play. The team will take the rest of March off before returning to conference play with a match at Saint Mary's on April 2 at 2 p.m., and the team's next home match will come when Saint John's visits on April 9.

   

MIAC Women's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week

Sydney Parkinson, Bethel
Lakeville, Minn. / North

The Bethel women's tennis team definitely enjoyed their spring break trip to Florida, as the team with 5-0 last week and 6-0 overall. First-year phenom Sydney Parkinson (Lakeville, Minn. / North) continued her breakout season with a 7-1 overall record last week - 3-1 at No. 1 singles and 4-0 at No. 1 doubles - to lead the team to its five wins from the top spots in the lineup. For her performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Parkinson Tuesday with the MIAC Women's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week award.

Parkinson opened the week with a 6-0, 6-2, win at No. 1 singles and an 8-2 doubles victory in an 8-1 win over St. Ambrose. She didn't drop a game in her 6-0, 6-0, singles win and added an 8-3 doubles victory in a 9-0 win over Illinois Wesleyan. She added an 8-1 doubles win in the team's 9-0 win over Goucher. Her only loss came in a dramatic 7-6, 5-7, 8-10, No. 1 singles loss in the team's 7-2 win over Dubuque, and she was a 6-3, 6-1, singles winner and an 8-2 doubles winner in an 8-1 victory over Calvin. Parkinson's record is now 10-3 in singles play and 11-2 in doubles play during her first collegiate season.

Thanks to the perfect performance in Orlando, Bethel has now won seven-straight matches and improved its overall record to 13-2. The Royals are currently 1-2 in conference play and a perfect 12-0 against nonconference opponents. The team will take the rest of March off before returning to conference play with a match at Saint Mary's on April 2 at 11 a.m., and the team's next home match will come when St. Thomas visits on April 9.