Entries tagged with ‘miac athlete of the week’
Patrick Whaling went 4-0 on the weekend and helped the Gusties win their 17th-straight match before the impressive streak was finally snapped by NCAA Division I opponent North Dakota. Whaling won both singles matches at the No. 3 position and both at the No. 1 doubles, including helping guide the team to a win over No. 36-ranked Coe College. He was a 6-3, 6-4, singles winner and an 8-4 doubles winner against Coe, and he also helped Gustavus score a 9-0 sweep of conference foe Saint John's with a 6-1, 6-1, singles win and an 8-4 doubles win.
Katie Aney and her teammates spent the weekend facing Division II and I opponents, with a great deal of success for the Division III squad. The Gusties went 2-1 while playing up, with wins over D-II Southwest Minnesota State (9-0) and Minnesota State-Mankato (7-2) while losing a hard-fought 5-2 match to Division I Drake to snap the team's season-opening, 11-match winning streak. Aney won both her singles (6-3, 7-6) and doubles (8-1) matches against Southwest Minnesota State, and she won her doubles match (8-1) against Minnesota State-Mankato. Against Division I Drake she picked up the lone singles victory in a three-set thriller, 3-6, 6-2, 1-0.
The No. 23-ranked Gustavus Adolphus College men's tennis team won a pair of big matches Saturday behind a perfect 4-0 day from Mohanad Alhouni (Jr., Tripoli, Libya). The Gusties are now winners of 11-straight matches, and 11-2 overall and 3-0 in conference play. First, Gustavus took down No. 17-ranked UW-Whitewater 8-1, with Alhouni winning 6-3, 6-4, at No. 1 singles and 8-4 at No. 1 doubles. Then, the team earned a 9-0 MIAC sweep of Macalester, with Alhouni contributing a No. 1 singles win by the score of 8-3, and he avenged a 2016 singles loss against the Scot's Josh Doyle at No. 1 singles (6-2, retired).
Gustavus forward Kaitlyn Klein helped guide the Gusties to a series sweep over Bethel over the weekend to push Gustavus into sole possession of first place in the MIAC.
Gustavus men's tennis player Mohanad Alhouni got off to a great start in 2017 as the Gusties opened against three nationally-ranked opponents. Alhouni went 2-1 in singles play, including a pair of straight-sets wins against nationally-ranked foes, and he also went 2-1 in doubles matches against No. 24 Whitman, No. 31 Pacific and No. 9 Pomona-Pitzer. Alhouni's singles wins were 6-4, 6-2, against Whitman's No. 40-ranked player, and 7-6, 6-1, against the nation's No. 38-ranked player from Pomona Pitzer.
Erica Power helped her team take three of four points from Concordia over the weekend in a huge MIAC series, as her team pulled even with the Cobbers in third place, just a point out of first.
Sophomore Tanner Sonnek continued his outstanding season with his third-straight MIAC Men's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week award. Sonnek's latest heroics included four first-place finishes in a 189-109 dual meet win at Carleton Friday. His season-best time of 2:06.05 not only gave him a win in the 200-yard breaststroke, but it also broke a Thorpe Pool record. Sonnek added individual wins in the 100-yard breaststroke (57.77) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:01.15) and contributed to a win in the 200-yard medley relay (1:39.26).
Gustavus sophomore Tanner Sonnek (North Mankato, Minn.) turned in a record-setting performance at the University of Minnesota's Jean Freeman Invitational to win his second-straight MIAC weekly award. Sonnek broke his own school record in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 56.12, which resulted in a second-place finish. He also finished seventh in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:09.08) and eighth in the 200-yard IM (2:02.21) in a top-notch field that included Division I and II teams. Sonnek is currently ranked No. 1 in the MIAC in both the 100- and 200-breast events, and third in the 200-IM.
Swimmer Tanner Sonnek had an outstanding performance to lead his team to victory at the Gusties' home Grace Goblirsch Invitational and earn MIAC Men's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week honors. Sonnek won both of his individual events, racing to victory in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:10.75 and the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:01.56. His two first-place finishes helped Gustavus rack up 1,321 total points to win by a wide margin. This season, Sonnek ranks first in the MIAC in the 200-breast by more than four seconds with his season-best time of 2:09.69, and his 500-free time from Saturday is the ninth-fasted in the MIAC this season.
Gustavus sophomore defensive back Jordan Kahlow provided the spark that pulled the Gusties away for good in Saturday's 38-21 win at Carleton. With the score 24-21 in favor of Gustavus midway through the fourth quarter and the Knights driving into Gustavus territory, Kahlow intercepted a pass at midfield and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown. Kahlow finished the game with the pick-six and four tackles. He finished the season with two interceptions returned for touchdowns and his 96 interception return yards are the most in the MIAC. He also ranked second on the team with 50 tackles and had four pass breakups.