This past weekend three Hornet athletes were named MIAA Athlete of the Week in their respective sports, a Women’s Swimming relay broke their own MIAA record, Men’s Basketball seniors went out on a win, and Men’s Tennis continued their strong start.
The Men’s Tennis team won both their matches this past weekend to move to 4-0 on the season, defeating Coe College (ranked a spot above Kalamazoo), and Wabash. First year number two singles player Daniel Henry received MIAA Player of the Week recognition for his performance over the weekend, winning both of his matches, including a tiebreaker against Nate Ackert of Coe to clinch the Hornets’ victory. Along with his doubles partner sophomore Allen Vinson, Henry also helped the Hornets with two doubles victories over the weekend. Henry and senior number one singles player Branden Metzler are both now 4-0 on the season. The Tennis team travels to Wisconsin this weekend to face Gustavus Adolphus, currently ranked 20th.
Kalamazoo College’s Women’s Swimming team finished third overall this weekend at the MIAA Championships, but not before breaking their own MIAA record in the 200 medley relay. Seniors Christina Park, Ellen Neveux, Colleen Orwin and Tristyn Edsall set the new school and MIAA record with a time of 1:43:95. Next up for the swim team is NCAA Regionals at Calvin this Saturday and Sunday.
In Softball, senior Erin Duross and sophomore Hayleigh Alamo earned MIAA pitcher and position player of the week honors respectively for their performances in the team’s season opening double header on Friday. Duross pitched a complete game in game one, allowing only one run on one hit, in a 1-0 loss. In game two, Alamo went 3-4 at the plate, and drove in one of the Hornets’ three runs in a 6-3 defeat. The Hornet Softball team will return to action March 4th at Franklin.
The Men’s Basketball team sent their seniors out with a win on Saturday, defeating Adrian 69-44 for the season sweep over the Bulldogs. Josh Whitney (18 points), Chase Baysdell (18) and Josh Miller (17) all scored in double figures in their final games, while Jake Whitney dished out eight assists. The team finished the season 7-17, 3-11, a four win improvement in coach Jay Smith’s first season at the helm.