2017 NCAC Men's Tennis Players of the Week

 
May 1st
 

Weston Noall, Kenyon
(Solon, OH/Gilmour Acad.)  

Kenyon junior Weston Noall was a perfect 3-0 in doubles action at the 2017 NCAC Men’s Tennis Championships with classmate Alex Rieger (Madison, CT/Daniel Hand), but his most important win of the weekend came in the championships match against DePauw when he knocked off Petar Barcot 7-5, 6-3 to clinch the Lords 11th-straight NCAC men’s tennis championship with a 5-2 win over DePauw. The Lords vaulted past seventh-seeded Wooster, 5-1, in the quarterfinals on Friday and advanced to the championship match with a 5-1 triumph over third-seeded Denison on Saturday afternoon.

April 24th
 

Michael Makio, Wabash
(Carmel, IN/Carmel)   

Wabash senior Michael Makio went 2-0 in singles action last weekend in his final two home matches for the Little Giants. He posted a pair of 6-1, 6-0 wins over OWU’s Diego Venegas and Wooster’s Davis Elkins. Makio also joined with sophomore Jordan Greenwell (Evansville, IN/North) for an 8-2 win in the second doubles flight against Wooster on Saturday to finish the weekend with a personal record of 3-1. Wabash logged a 6-3 win over OWU on Friday and a perfect 9-0 victory over Wooster on Saturday.

April 17th
 

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

Despite Wooster posting a 1-2 team record last week, senior Titas Bera was 5-1 overall, which included a 3-0 mark in the top singles flight. Bera paired with sophomore Jesse DeWitt (Brooksville, FL/Nature Coast Technical) for a 2-1 record in the second doubles flights, while two of his singles victories were in comeback fashion against KC’s Jacob Zalenski 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-5) and OWU’s Shouta Fukamachi 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-6).

April 10th
 

Jack Hibbard, Ohio Wesleyan
(Valparaiso, IN/Wheeler)  

Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Jack Hibbard was a perfect 4-0 in leading the Bishops in a pair of wins last week against Allegheny, 9-0, and Wittenberg, 7-2. Both of his doubles wins came with junior partner Jakraraj Rungaseng (Bangkok, Thailand/IMG Academy, FL), while his singles victories came in the fifth spot against Wittenberg’s Akbar Tiwana 6-0, 6-0, and in the sixth position against Allegheny’s Ewan Malenfant in a shortened 8-1 decision.

April 3rd
 

Kevin Brown, Denison
(Perrysburg, OH/St. John’s Jesuit)  

Denison sophomore Kevin Brown was nearly untouchable in leading the Big Red to a 3-1 record last week with wins over Wooster, 7-2, Allegheny, 9-0, and Oberlin, 7-2. DU’s lone loss came against No. 26 Lewis & Clark by a 6-3 margin on March 27th. In the four matches combined, Brown was a perfect 4-0 in the top doubles flight with classmate Blake Burstein (Birmingham, MI/Detroit Country Day), to go along with a 3-1 record in the first singles position with wins over L&C’s Raed Attia 6-0, 6-4, Allegheny’s Jai Redkar 6-1, 6-1, and Oberlin’s Ian Paik 7-5, 7-5.

March 27th
 

Michael Drougas, Oberlin
(Roanoke, VA/Salem)   

Oberlin junior Michael Drougas was simply sensational in leading the Yeomen to a perfect 6-0 record last week, which included a 5-0 mark on their spring trip in Hilton Head and an 8-1 win over Ohio Wesleyan in their NCAC East opener on Saturday. In the six matches combined, Drougas posted a personal record of 9-0, which included a 5-0 record in singles action playing primarily in the third position and a 4-0 mark in doubles action with several different partners. In the NCAC East match against OWU, he joined with rookie Stephen Gruppuso (Bayport, NY/Blue Point) for an 8-4 win in the second doubles flight, while also taking down Pako Alevizopoulos by a 7-5, 6-3 margin in the third singles flight.

March 20th
 

Jack Hibbard, Ohio Wesleyan
(Valparaiso, IN/Wheeler)  

Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Jack Hibbard had a strong week on the court during the Bishops’ spring break trip in Florida. In five total matches in the sunshine state, Hibbard owned an overall record of 7-2, which included a pair of third-flight singles wins over Scranton’s Matt Prendergast 6-4, 6-2, and Illinois Wesleyan’s Ryan Yoo 6-0, 6-1. He was also 3-1 on the week in doubles action, with three of the four wins coming in the third flight. OWU opened its trip in Florida with four-straight wins over McMurry, 7-2, Scranton, 5-4, Cornell (IA), 7-2, and Illinois Wesleyan, 9-0.

March 13th
 

Michael Drougas, Oberlin
(Roanoke, VA/Salem)  

Oberlin junior Michael Drougas won both of his third-flight matches to lift the Yeomen to a 6-3 win over local rival John Carroll on Sunday. Drougas opened the match by teaming with classmate Robert Gittings (Larchmont, NY/Fordham Prep) for an 8-3 win at third doubles, before notching a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 come-from-behind victory at third singles against David Sinense.

March 6th
 

Owen Smith, Denison
(Atlanta, GA/Lakeside)  

Denison senior Owen Smith posted a perfect 4-0 record in a pair of Big Red matches last weekend in Michigan. In DU’s 9-0 win at Hope, he joined with junior Jamie McDonald (Prairie Village, KS/Shawnee Mission East) for an 8-5 win in the second doubles flight, before notching a 6-1, 6-2 win over Danny Kroeze in the second singles position. Despite suffering a 6-3 team loss against No. 19 Kalamazoo on Sunday, Smith and McDonald were again victorious in the second doubles flight by an 8-6 margin, while Smith went on to win his singles match in the third flight against Noah Karoub by a score of 6-3, 6-2.

February 27th
 

Dan Rodefeld, DePauw
(Carmel, IN/Carmel)  

DePauw senior Dan Rodefeld posted a personal record of 4-2 to help the Tigers to a 2-1 team record last week. In a pair of 9-0 wins over Centre and Wooster, he was a perfect 4-0 between the top singles and doubles flights. In singles play, he knocked off Centre’s Logan Henize 6-3, 6-1 and Wooster’s Titas Bera 6-0, 7-5. In the top doubles flight, he joined with classmate Patrick Farrell (Carmel, IN/Carmel) for an 8-1 win over Centre and an 8-6 victory over Wooster.

February 20th
 

Jordan Greenwell, Wabash
(Evansville, IN/North)  

Wabash sophomore Jordan Greenwell posted a 2-1 singles record and a perfect 3-0 doubles mark over a three-match match stretch in Michigan last weekend. Both of his singles wins came in the fourth position, while his three doubles victories with senior partner Michael Makio (Carmel, IN/Carmel) came in the second flight. The Little Giants notched wins in Michigan over Carthage, 5-4, and Hope, 7-2, while their lone loss came against No. 36 Kalamazoo by a 7-2 margin.

February 13th
 

Austin Diehl, Kenyon
(O’Fallon, MO/Homeschool)  

Kenyon freshman Austin Diehl combined for a perfect 6-0 record in three matches last weekend in Michigan. Throughout the three-match slate, freshman Diehl’s perfect mark included three straight-set singles wins between the third and fourth flights, and a trio of doubles victories with three different partners in the third flight. The 11th-ranked Lords opened the trip with back-to-back wins over Hope, 8-1, and Wheaton (IL), 8-1, before closing out the trip with a 6-3 loss against No. 36 Kalamazoo.

February 6th
 

Will Reifeis, Wabash
(Indianapolis, IN/North Central)  

Wabash junior Will Reifeis has combined for an overall record of 6-2 in the Little Giants’ first four matches of the spring season. After dropping his opening match of the season in the top singles flight against Augustana’s Totten Samuel, Reifeis reeled off three-straight singles victories, highlighted by a 6-3, 6-0 win over Lake Forest’s Dan Pivonka in the top flight. Reifeis also joined with sophomore Patrick McAuley (Indianapolis, IN/North Central) for a 3-1 record in the top doubles flight, which included an 8-4 win over the KC duo of Mike Roberts and Nicholas Paolucci.