2018 NCAC Men's Tennis Players of the Week

 
April 30th
 

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

Kenyon sophomore Austin Diehl was a perfect 3-0 in doubles play and 1-0 in the second singles position to help lead the Lords to their 12th-straight and 21st overall NCAC Men’s Tennis Championship last weekend in Indiana. Diehl joined with classmate Jacob Zalenski (Canton, OH/Jackson) for the perfect record in the second doubles position, while his one singles victory in the second position over DU’s Jamie McDonald clinched the championship for the Lords on Sunday afternoon.

April 23rd
 

Patrick McAuley, Wabash
(Indianapolis, IN/North Central)

Wabash junior Patrick McAuley combined for a 2-0 record in the Little Giants’ season-ending 8-1 win over Wooster on Saturday. McAuley opened the match by teaming with senior partner William Reifeis (Indianapolis, IN/North Central) for a hard-fought 9-7 win over the Scots’ top doubles team of Titas Bera and Jesse DeWitt. With the win, McAuley and Reifeis finished the regular season a perfect 23-0 in the top doubles flight. In singles action, McAuley scored a straight-set win at second singles over Joaquin Abos Amo by a scoreline of 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2). 

April 16th
 

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

Kenyon sophomore Austin Diehl posted a personal record of 8-0 in leading the Lords to a 3-1 team record last week. His numbers included a pair of top-flight wins in the 8-1 NCAC East victory over Wooster in which he opened the match by joining with classmate Jacob Zalenski (Canton, OH/Jackson) for a tight 9-8 (7-5) win over Titas Bera and Jesse DeWitt, before knocking off Bera in the top singles flight by a 6-2, 6-0 margin. In NCAC action, he also added two singles wins on the week in the second flight against OWU’s Diego Venegas Vargas 6-2, 6-1, and Oberlin’s Stephen Gruppuso 7-5, 6-4. All four of his doubles wins on the week came with Zalenski as his partner. 

April 9th
 

Colton Johnson Taylor, Allegheny
(Apple Valley, MN/Apple Valley) 

Allegheny junior Colton Johnson Taylor posted a personal record of 3-1 in leading the Gators to a 1-1 mark in a pair of NCAC cross-divisional matches last week. He recorded a pair of second flight singles wins over Wittenberg’s Caleb Astwood 6-2, 3-6, 10-4, and OWU’s Diego Venegas Vargas by a 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-1) margin. Johnson Taylor also joined with junior Mike Siegel (Fairview, PA/Fairview) for an 8-7 (7-4) win in the second doubles flight against Wittenberg. As a team, the Gators topped Wittenberg, 6-3, on Saturday, before dropping an 8-1 decision at Ohio Wesleyan on Sunday.

April 2nd
 

Vlad Rotnov, Denison
(Solon, OH/Solon) 

Denison freshman Vlad Rotnov combined for a 3-1 record in a week that saw the Big Red top Wooster, 9-0, in an NCAC cross-divisional match and suffer a 7-2 loss against No. 9 Carnegie Mellon. The freshman standout highlighted the win over Wooster by snapping Titas Bera’s 14-match win streak with a thrilling 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 10-7 victory in the top singles flight. Rotnov was also 2-0 on the week in the second doubles flight with sophomore playing partner Mitchell Thai (Hilliard, OH/Bradley), posting an 8-1 win over Wooster and an 8-4 victory over CMU.

March 26th
 

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

Ohio Wesleyan senior Shouta Fukamachi reached a career milestone last week by surpassing the 100-win mark with 101 total wins, almost evenly divided between singles (50) and doubles (51). He opened last week with a 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 10-7 come-from-behind win in the top flight over Wittenberg’s Martin Mora, before securing another win in the top flight against JCU’s Gustavo Garcia by a 6-2, 6-2 margin. Fukamachi also joined with classmate Jakraraj Rungaseng (Bangkok Thailand/IMG Acad., FL) for an 8-2 win in the second doubles flight against Wittenberg, before teaming with junior Jack Hibbard (Valparaiso, IN/Wheeler) for an 8-2 win in the top doubles flight against JCU. 

March 19th
 

Jacob Zalenski, Kenyon
(Canton, OH/Jackson) 

Kenyon sophomore Jacob Zalenski went a perfect 8-0 between the top singles and second doubles flights last week to help lift the 22nd-ranked Lords to a 5-0 record on their spring break trip at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, Florida. He is now a perfect 10-0 in the top singles flight since February 10th after collecting four wins last week in the top spot against ETBU’s Joseph Salinas 6-4, 6-1, Millsaps’ Diego Marti-Vertiz 6-2, 4-6, 10-7, Rochester’s Masaru Fujimaki 6-7 (1-7), 6-2, 10-3, and Stevens’ William Persson 6-1, 6-1. Zalenski also joined with classmate Austin Diehl (O’Fallon, MO/Homeschool) for a perfect 4-0 mark in the second doubles flight on the week.

March 12th
 

Patrick McAuley, Wabash
(Indianapolis, IN/North Central)

Wabash junior Patrick McAuley logged a personal record of 7-1 to lead the Little Giants to a 2-2 team mark on their final week of spring break action in Orlando, Florida. McAuley and senior William Reifeis (Indianapolis, IN/North Central) improved to 13-0 on the year in the top doubles flight after posting four more victories last week against Coe, 8-3, Carthage, 8-2, Oglethorpe, 8-0, and Rhodes, 8-3. McCauley also had success on the second singles court with a trio of three-set victories over Coe’s Nate Ackert, 1-6, 6-1, 6-2, Carthage’s Daniel Moore, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 10-8, and Oglethorpe’s Judd Motz, 6-3, 4-6, 10-4.

March 5th
 

Camron Cohen, Oberlin
(Arlington, VA/St. Stephens & St. Agnes) 

Oberlin sophomore Camron Cohen posted a personal record of 4-0 in leading the Yeomen in a pair of wins last weekend against Rochester, 7-2, and No. 35, 6-3. He went 2-0 in the top doubles flight with classmate Stephen Gruppuso (Bayport, NY/Bayport-Blue Point), while also earning a pair of wins in the fifth singles flight against Rochester’s Peter Huang 6-4, 0-6, 1-0 (10-3) and Hobart’s David Reinharz 3-6, 6-0, 1-0 (10-5). 

February 26th
 

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

Ohio Wesleyan senior Shouta Fukamachi was a perfect 2-0 in his matches during the Bishops’ 7-2 home win over Centre on Saturday morning. Fukamachi joined with classmate Jakraraj Rungaseng (Bangkok, Thailand/IMG Academy, FL) for an 8-3 win in the second doubles flight, before logging a 6-3, 6-2 win over Centre’s Arpit Maini in the top singles flight.

February 19th
 

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

Wooster senior Titas Bera was a perfect 4-0 to help lead the Scots in a pair of team victories last weekend in Wisconsin against Carthage, 5-4, and Concordia (WI), 8-1. He picked up a 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 come-from-behind win over Herman Abban to help secure the team win over Carthage, before logging his 100th career win at Wooster during singles play against Concordia with a 7-5, 6-0 win over Nolan Rodemacher in the top flight. He also won both of his doubles matches with junior partner Jesse DeWitt (Brooksville, FL/Nature Coast Technical), topping Carthage, 9-7, in the second position, and Concordia, 9-8 (7-2) in the top spot in the lineup.

February 12th
 

Jacob Zalenski, Kenyon
(Canton, OH/Jackson) 

Kenyon sophomore Jacob Zalenski helped the Lords to a 2-1 record last weekend against three nationally-ranked opponents, highlighted by wins over No. 26 Kalamazoo, 6-3, and No. 22 Sewanee, 5-3. He went 3-0 in the top singles position without dropping a single set, and also added an 8-6 with sophomore Austin Diehl (O’Fallon, MO/Homeschool) against Sewanee in the third doubles slot.

February 5th
  

Patrick McAuley, Wabash
(Indianapolis, IN/North Central)

Wabash junior Patrick McAuley has combined for a personal record of 7-1 over the course of the first two weekends of the spring season in which the Little Giants have posted a team record of 2-2 with wins over Augustana, 5-4, and Edgewood, 9-0, and a pair of losses against Oberlin, 7-2, and No. 26 Kalamazoo, 6-3. In that period, he has posted a perfect 4-0 mark in the top doubles flight with senior William Reifeis (Indianapolis, IN/North Central), and is also 3-1 in the second singles position with wins over Augustana’s Peter Alex, 6-4, 6-4, Edgewood’s Marius Dornhagen, 6-1, 6-1, and Kalamazoo’s Tytus Metzler, 0-6, 6-2, 6-2.