March 27, 2012

Cougars Sweep Conference Awards For Second Straight Week

Babson Park, Mass. - For the second straight week, the Clark University men's tennis team has swept the weekly conference awards it was announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.

It actually marks the third straight week in which a Clark student-athlete has been named league singles player of the week.

The doubles combination of Dan Stein (Newton, Mass.) and Josh Burger (Fairfield, Conn.) proved to be a key cog in the Cougars' 2-0 week. Playing at No. 2, they knocked off Ajeya Shekar and Scot Brownell, 8-1 en route to Clark's 5-2 win over Division I Holy Cross. Then in a 9-0 win over Rhode Island College the next day, they played No. 1 doubles and didn't disappoint, posting an 8-4 win over Alex Werchadlo and Matt Collins.

Meanwhile, freshman Joel Simonson (Waterford, Conn.) became the third straight Cougar to earn the league?s men?s singles player of the week award. He went undefeated for the Cougars, posting victories at No. 6 and No. 5. In Clark's 5-2 win over the Crusaders, Simonson defeated Ajeya Shekar, 6-3, 6-3. Then in a 9-0 win over Rhode Island College, Simonson took down Ted James, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5.

Off to their best start since the 1978-79 season, when the Cougars opened 11-1 and finished 17-2, Clark (7-1) has a pair of matches scheduled for this week. On Wednesday, the Cougars entertain Endicott College at 4:00 p.m. before traveling to Springfield to open up league play on Saturday against the Pride.