MIAC Men's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week
Josh Doyle, Macalester
Cologne, Germany / Friedrich Wilhelm Gymnasium
Macalester men's tennis opened MIAC play with three tough matches last week, and Josh Doyle (Cologne, Germany / Friedrich Wilhelm Gymnasium) was more than ready. The standout sophomore won all three of his No. 1 singles matches and all three of his No. 1 doubles matches for a perfect 6-0 week, including an upset of the nation's No. 4 singles player. For his performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Doyle Tuesday with the MIAC Men's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week award.
Doyle's big week began with a 6-2, 6-2, No. 1 singles win and an 8-2 No. 1 doubles victory to lead his team to a 7-2 conference win over St. Paul rival Hamline on Wednesday. Saturday, the Scots fell to No. 19-ranked Gustavus, with Doyle delivering both of his team's points. He took down the Gustie's top singles player - fourth-ranked Mohanad Alhouni - 6-2, 6-2, and also helped score an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles. He delivered both points for Macalester again Sunday in a 7-2 loss to Saint John's, with a 2-6, 6-4, 10-4, comeback win at No. 1 singles and an 8-5 No. 1 doubles victory.
This season, Doyle is now 8-5 in singles matches and 10-5 in doubles play, with a perfect combined 6-0 start in MIAC play. Following last week's action, Macalester is now 6-6 overall and off to a 1-2 start in the conference. The team will continue its run of five-straight home MIAC matches this week when the team hosts Bethel Wednesday at 5 p.m., and Saturday Carleton comes to town for a 2 p.m. MIAC match.
MIAC Women's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week
Bridget Noack, St. Thomas
Hartland, Wis. / Brookfield East
Though the St. Thomas women's tennis team was shorthanded for one of its biggest tests to date, Bridget Noack (Hartland, Wis. / Brookfield East) came through with a hard-fought win to remain unbeaten in MIAC play. The senior led the way with clutch wins at both No. 1 singles and doubles to improve to 24-3 combined this season. For her performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Noack Tuesday with the MIAC Women's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week award.
Noack and UST entered Saturday's match with Bethel with a 12-1 overall mark and a perfect 6-0 MIAC record, but had to visit the Royals and their 14-2 overall record. Noack helped set the tone at No. 1 dobules with an 8-4 win, and then she persevered in a marathon second set to also win her match at No. 1 singles. She took the first set 6-2, then won the tiebreaker 11-9 to pull out a 7-6 win in the second set to help UST roll to an 8-1 victory. Noack improved to 12-2 in singles play and 12-1 in doubles play this season.
Thanks to the big win, St. Thomas improved to 13-1 overall and remained unbeaten at 7-0 in conference play. The defending MIAC Playoff champs are one of four undefeated teams still fighting for the conference title, but Noack and company have a two-game lead in the win column over the trio of 5-0 teams, which all happen to be the final three teams left on St. Thomas' schedule. UST will play at Gustavus on April 17, at Carleton on April 22, and will host St. Olaf on April 23 to provide plenty of high drama over the season's final weeks.