Carleton's Kevin Mei named MIAC Men's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week

Carleton's Kevin Mei named MIAC Men's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week

MIAC Men's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week

Kevin Mei, Carleton
Ann Arbor, Mich. / Huron

The Carleton men's tennis team went 6-0 last week on its spring trip to Hilton Head, S.C., to push its historic start to 16-0, and standout rookie Kevin Mei (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) is a big reason for the Knights' success. Last week, he moved into the No. 1 singles spot and went 5-0, winning all five in straight sets and only dropping 11 total games, and added a perfect 3-0 doubles record as well. For his performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Mei Tuesday with his second MIAC Men's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week award of the 2015 season.

Mei led Carleton to 9-0 wins over Nebraska Wesleyan, North Central, UW-Oshkosh and Buena Vista, and he helped the Knights take down regionally-ranked foes Elmurst (No. 13) 7-2 and UW-Eau Claire (No. 15) 6-1. Mei won his No. 1 singles matches against Nebraska Wesleyan (6-0, 6-1), North Central (6-1, 6-0), UW-Oshkosh (6-2, 6-1), Elmhurst (6-1, 6-4) and his 6-0, 6-1, win against UWEC was the deciding point. He was also an 8-2 winner at No. 1 doubles against North Central, and victorious at No. 2 doubles against Elmhurst (8-6) and UW-Eau Claire (8-2). This season, Mei is nearly perfect in singles play at 12-1, and he has an 8-3 doubles record.

The Knights' recently entered the regional rankings and No. 12 and are the lone overall undefeated team in the MIAC at 16-0, thanks to the best start in school history. Carleton is 3-0 in conference play, and shared the MIAC lead with also-unbeaten Gustavus (4-0). Mei and company returned home from South Carolina and will play up a division in its lone nonconference match of the week. The team hosts Division II St. Cloud State Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Lifetime Fitness in Lakeville, Minn., and will try to extend its remarkable streak to 17-straight.

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