Luke Elifson, St. Thomas

Luke Elifson, St. Thomas

Minneapolis, Minn. / South

The St. Thomas men's tennis team got a boost this season when Luke Elifson (Minneapolis, Minn./South) decided to join the Tommies after a season with Division I South Dakota State. The newcomer just had his best week yet, going 2-0 in both his No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles matches and remained undefeated thus far in 2015. For his performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Elifson Tuesday with the MIAC Men's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week award.

Elifson's big week started with a near-perfect singles performance while leading UST to a 9-0 nonconference win over Northwestern last Tuesday. Elifson cruised to a 6-1, 6-0, victory at No. 2 singles, and helped the Tommies' top doubles' team score an 8-3 win. St. Thomas lost a heartbreaker to Carleton, 6-5, Sunday in conference play, despite Elifson's clutch play. The sophomore again helped the top doubles tandem win, 8-5, and he battled back and persevered in an amazing No. 2 singles match that he eventually won 3-6, 7-5, 14-12. This season, Elifson is 4-0 in singles play and 3-0 in doubles play in his first season in the MIAC.

With last week's 1-1 record, St. Thomas is now 3-1 overall and 1-1 in conference play. Elifson and company will try to bounce back with a St. Paul rivalry showdown Saturday, as the Tommies will meet Hamline in a MIAC match at the University of Minnesota's Baseline Tennis Center at 8 a.m. A trip to Saint John's for another key conference matchup looms the following Saturday (March 14.

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