Kevin Mei, Carleton

Kevin Mei, Carleton

Ann Arbor, Mich. / Huron

Carleton freshman Kevin Mei (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) certainly knows how to make an entrance. The Knights rookie has helped the men's tennis team get off to a perfect 6-0 start over the season's first nine days. Thus far, he's a perfect 5-0 in singles play  at the No. 2 spot, and 3-1 in doubles matches while playing for Carleton's No. 1 or 2 tandems. For his performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Mei Tuesday with the first MIAC Men's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week award of the 2015 season.

Mei's five singles and three doubles wins have helped Carleton defeat MIAC foe Saint Mary's as well as nonconference foes UW-La Crosse, St. Scholastica, Carroll, Wisconsin Lutheran and regionally-ranked Carthage. He's won all five singles matches by straight sets, with none coming closer than 6-3. He's helped the No. 2 doubles team go 2-1 and he's 1-0 at No. 1 doubles. Thus far, Mei is tied for the MIAC lead with his 5-0 singles record, and his 6-3, 6-3, win against Carthage was the deciding point in a huge 5-4 win for the Knights.

Thanks to the six wins, Carleton opened the season with a perfect 6-0 record for the first time since 2008. Thus far, the Knights are one of six MIAC teams yet to suffer a loss, and just one of two to open 1-0 in conference play. Mei and company hope to keep the streak alive Saturday with a trip to Iowa to take on Grinnell in a nonconference match, which is set to start at 5 p.m. The team will be home the following Sunday against Division II St. Cloud State on Feb. 22.

2015 MIAC Men's Tennis Athletes-of-the-Week

DATE       NAME       SCHOOL
4/28/2015       Brad Entwistle       Gustavus
4/21/2015       Mohanad Al-Houni       Gustavus
4/14/2015       Erik Johnson       Carleton
4/7/2015       Mauricio Gonzalez       Carleton
4/1/2015       Kevin Mei       Carleton
3/24/2015       Brian Utz       Macalester
3/17/2015       Tim Wolford       Saint Mary's
3/10/2015       Brad Entwistle       Gustavus
3/3/2015       Luke Elifson       St. Thomas
2/24/2015       Andres Saenz       Gustavus
2/17/2015       Erik Johnson       Carleton
2/10/2015       Kevin Mei       Carleton