Brian Utz, Macalester

Brian Utz, Macalester

Rochester, Minn. / Lourdes

The Macalester men's tennis team had a great week on its spring break trip to the Hilton Head (S.C.) Spring Tennis Festival with a 3-1 record and an especially good showing from junior star Brian Utz (Rochester, Minn./Lourdes). Utz didn't drop a set at No. 1 singles with a perfect 4-0 record, and he also was 3-1 in doubles play from the top spot in the Scots' lineup. For his performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Utz Tuesday with the MIAC Men's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week award.

Utz and Macalester opened the week with a pair of 9-0 victories over Farleigh Dickinson-Florham and Messiah with Utz winning all four of his matches. He scored a 6-2, 6-1, singles win against FDU-Florham and a 6-4, 6-2, singles win against Messiah, and helped the top doubles team win 8-3 against each opponent. He was a 6-4, 6-4, winner at No. 1 singles and suffered his only doubles loss of the week (8-4) in a 6-3 loss to Allegheny, and then bounced back for a 7-6, 6-3, singles win and an 8-6 doubles win in a 9-0 sweep of Albright. Utz has now won seven-straight singles matches and is 9-2 in singles play and 5-5 in doubles matches in 2015.

Thanks to the 3-1 record last week, the Scots are now 5-4 overall and currently sit at 0-1 in conference play in 2015. Utz and company have returned home from South Carolina and will have a big weekend of MIAC matches. Macalester will host Saint Mary's at the University of Minnesota's Baseline Tennis Center on Saturday at 5 p.m., and they'll travel to Saint John's on Sunday for a 1 p.m. MIAC match.

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