MIAC Men's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week
Kevin Mei, Carleton
Ann Arbor, Mich. / Huron
Carleton punched its ticket to the 2016 MIAC Men's Tennis Playoffs with a pair of wins last week to stay unbeaten in conference play. Super sophomore Kevin Mei (Ann Arbor, Mich. / Huron) played a big part in the Knights' success last week, as he cruised to a pair of straight-sets wins at No. 1 singles, and added a victory at No. 2 doubles for a perfect 3-0 week combined. For his performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Mei Tuesday with the MIAC Men's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week award.
Mei and the Knights improved to 5-0 in conference play Wednesday with a 7-2 victory over cross-town rival St. Olaf. The sophomore dropped just three games in his No. 1 singles victory, as he sailed to a 6-1, 6-2, victory. He was just as good in Saturday's 7-2 win over Macalester, with both his No. 1 singles and doubles wins coming over reigning MIAC Men's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week, Joshua Doyle. Mei was a 6-1, 6-3, winner over Doyle and No. 1 singles, and he teamed with Erik Johnson to beat Doyle and Brian Utz 8-4 at No. 1 doubles. Mei has now won six-straight singles matches and improved to 11-6 overall, and he's now 3-5 in doubles matches.
Thanks to the wins, Carleton is 14-6 overall and 6-0 in the MIAC. At worst, Carleton would tie for fourth place in the MIAC standings and holds tiebreakers over the Oles & Scots to lock up the Knights' spot in the MIAC's five-team postseason tournament. Carleton has just one match on its schedule this week, but it's a big one. The Knights face Gustavus (21-7, 8-0) in a matchup of the MIAC's two unbeaten teams Saturday in St. Peter, Minn., at 2 p.m., with the match likely to determine the conference champ.
MIAC Women's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week
Michaela Schulz, Gustavus
Elk River, Minn. / Elk River
The Gustavus women's tennis team faced its toughest stretch yet last week, with matches against two teams that had only one MIAC loss, combined. However, the Gusties and junior star Michaela Schulz (Elk River, Minn.) rose to the challenge, scoring a pair of impressive 8-1 wins to lock up a MIAC Playoff bid with Schulz going 4-0 combined at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. For her performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Schulz Tuesday with her third MIAC Women's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week award of the 2016 season.
Schulz won a pair of dramatic matches to help her squad take down St. Olaf 8-1 Saturday. She came up with a clutch 6-3, 4-6, 10-7, win at No. 1 singles and an 8-5 victory at No. 1 doubles. Then, a day later, she was a 7-5, 6-0, winner at No. 1 singles and an 8-6 winner at No. 1 doubles as Gustavus scored an 8-1 win over defending MIAC Playoff champ St. Thomas in a battle of teams that were unbeaten in MIAC play. Schulz has now won both her singles and doubles matches in five-straight matches to improve to 10-7 in singles play and 13-4 in doubles matches.
Thanks to the two wins, Gustavus improved to 16-6 overall and remained unbeaten in conference play at 7-0. The Gusties punched their ticket to the six-team MIAC Playoffs, and are tied for first place with Carleton (12-3, 7-0 MIAC). This week, Schulz and company hope to build on their 19-match conference regular season winning streak with a trip to Saint Benedict for a MIAC match Saturday at 1 p.m.