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2016 NCAC Men's Tennis Players of the Week

April 25th

Davis Elkins, Wooster
(Davidson, NC/Lake Norman Charter)  

Wooster junior Davis Elkins won three of his four matches on the week, which included posting a 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 come-from-behind victory in the fourth singles flight to clinch the Scots’ thrilling 5-4 victory over regionally-ranked Wabash on Saturday. Elkins and junior Jack Buchan (Dublin, OH/Coffman) got the Scots off to a hot start in the match after posting an 8-6 victory over the region’s sixth-ranked doubles team. Elkins and Buchan also logged an 8-3 victory in the top doubles flight in a narrow 5-4 loss against Ohio Wesleyan on Friday.

April 18th

Sam Geier, Kenyon
(Carmel, IN/Park Tudor)  

Shortly after being named the top-ranked singles player in the Central Region by the ITA, Kenyon senior Sam Geier went a perfect 4-0 in the top singles flight to lead the Lords to four wins on the week, which included three-straight 9-0 victories in NCAC East play against Wooster, No. 39. Oberlin and Ohio Wesleyan. Despite playing with three different doubles partners on the week, Geier was also able to compile a 4-0 record between the first and second flights. On the season, Geier now owns a 20-4 record in singles matches and an 18-7 mark in doubles competition.

April 11th

Jordan Greenwell, Wabash
(Evansville, IN/North) 

Wabash freshman Jordan Greenwell helped guide the Little Giants to the team title at the NCAC-MIAA Challenge with a perfect 6-0 record on the weekend. He finished the two-day event with a 3-0 mark in both the third singles flight and the second doubles position with sophomore partner Kirill Ivashchenko (Kursk, Russia). The Little Giants opened play at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, with an 8-1 victory over Adrian on Friday night, before posting back-to-back 7-2 wins over Alma and Hope on Saturday.

April 4th

Owen Smith, Denison
(Atlanta, GA/Lakeside)  

Denison junior Owen Smith lifted the 30th-ranked Big Red to a 5-4 victory over No. 40 Oberlin on Saturday afternoon with a match-clinching 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) victory over Robert Gittings. He also picked up a 9-7 victory in the third doubles position against the Yeomen with sophomore Jack O’Koniewski (New York, NY/Heritage Acad.). He also went 2-0 in DU’s 7-2 win over Wooster on Wednesday with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 4 singles against Davis Elkins and an 8-3 victory in the second doubles position with sophomore partner Jamie McDonald (Kansas City, KS/Shawnee Mission East).

March 28th

Thomas Manning, Allegheny 
(Ithaca, NY/Ithaca) 

Despite Allegheny going 1-3 on its spring break trip in Hilton Head, South Carolina, senior Thomas Manning accumulated a 3-1 record in the top flight in both singles and doubles competition. In singles, he racked up wins against Wis.-Whitewater’s R. Rajshekhar Raman 6-3, 6-3, Virginia Wesleyan’s Graham Wilson 7-4, 6-2 and St. Thomas’ (MN) Luke Elifson 7-5, 6-4. He also joined with sophomore partner Jai Redkar (Clark’s Summit, PA/Abington Hts.) for top flight doubles victories  against Virginia Wesleyan, 8-3, St. Thomas, 8-6, and Carleton, 8-3.

March 21st

Titas Bera, Wooster
(North Potomac, MD/Wootton) 

Wooster sophomore Titas Bera posted a combined 8-2 record to help lead the Scots to wins in three of their first five matches in Orlando, Florida. After securing the match-clinching point in the top singles flight on Thursday against both Macalester and Hamilton, he added a dominating 6-2, 6-0 victory over the 25th-ranked singles player in the Central Region, Alex Boomgarden of Carthage, on Sunday. In five total matches on the week, Bera went 4-1 in the top singles position and also added a 4-1 mark in the second doubles slot with senior teammate Harrison Suttle (Newport News, VA/Hampton Roads Acad.).  

March 14th

Shouta Fukamachi, Ohio Wesleyan
(Mayfield Hts., OH/Mayfield) 

Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Shouta Fukamachi led the Bishops to a 3-1 record on their spring break trip in Florida by going 2-1 in the top flight in both singles and doubles action. Playing in the top doubles position with classmate Jakraraj Rungaseng (Bangkok, Thailand/IMG Acad., FL), Fukamachi logged victories over Juniata, 9-7, and Clark, 8-3. He then went on to post singles wins in the top position over Juniata’s Matyas Kohout 6-2, 6-1, and Clark’s Andrey Samodaev 6-0, 6-0.

March 7th

Kieran McTague, Wooster
(Portland, OR/Lincoln) 

Wooster freshman Kieran McTague went a perfect 4-0 on Saturday in leading the Fighting Scots in a pair of non-conference wins over Earlham, 5-4, and Huntington, 9-0. Kieran headlined his day with a match-clinching 7-5, 6-3 decision over Earlham’s Gleb Babikov at third singles. He also prevailed 6-0, 6-4 at third singles against Huntington’s Volodymyr Kohut. He also joined forces with two different opponents for two victories on the day at No. 3 doubles.

February 29th

Callan Louis, Oberlin
(Cambridge, MA/The Rivers School)

Oberlin Senior Callan Louis was a part of two Yeomen points in the 6-3 win over NCAA Division II Tiffin on Saturday. He joined with junior Abraham Davis (Syracuse, NY/Jamesville-DeWitt) for an 8-6 victory in the second doubles flight, before logging a 6-2, 6-0 winner over Agustin Mangone at No. 3 singles.

February 22nd

Sam Geier, Kenyon
(Carmel, IN/Park Tudor)   

Despite dropping matches against three of the nation’s top teams last week at the Division III ITA Indoor Nationals, Kenyon senior Sam Geier posted a perfect 3-0 record in the top singles flight to lead the Lords at the two-day event. Two of his singles victories came against players currently ranked in the top-25 in the nation, as he took down No. 2 Rafe Mosetick from Emory 6-4, 6-2, before knocking off No. 22 Jake Yasgoor from Pomona-Pitzer 6-2, 6-1. 

February 15th

Michael Makio, Wabash
(Carmel, IN/Carmel)  

Wabash junior Michael Makio combined for a 4-0 record in a pair of victories over Lake Forest, 6-2, and UW-Oshkosh, 7-1, last weekend in Chicago. He improved to 5-1 in singles play overall with a pair of top-flight victories against LFC’s Dan Pivonka 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-3), 1-0 (10-8) and UWO’s Vincent Gorski 6-3, 6-1. In addition, Makio and sophomore William Reifeis (Indianapolis, IN/North Central) improved to 4-0 overall in the top doubles flight with wins over Lake Forest, 8-2, and UW-Oshkosh, 8-5.

February 8th

Michael Drougas, Oberlin
(Roanoke, VA/Salem)  

Oberlin sophomore Michael Drougas had a combined 4-0 record between singles and doubles play in three Yeomen victories to open the spring portion of the schedule. Drougas, who is the reigning NCAC Newcomer of the Year, collected a pair of victories at No. 2 singles against Wabash’s William Reifeis, 1-6, 6-1, 6-0, and Indiana Tech’s Fernando Sousa, 6-1, 6-4, before moving to the top flight against Elmhurst and logging a 7-6, 6-0 triumph over Chris Harrison. He also joined with junior Billy Lennon (Hunting Valley, OH/University) for an 8-4 victory at No. 3 doubles against Elmhurst.