Northampton, MA — For the week ending 1/25/2015, Bowdoin’s Sara Wlodarczyk and Rochester’s Mario Yanez have been named the women’s and men’s [hpow].
A [hpow] should have a significant impact on his or her team’s performance during the prior week and demonstrate sportsmanship. Coaches and Sports Information Directors may nominate players.
Sara Wlodarczyk (Bowdoin College): In Bowdoin’s 5-4 win over Pine Tree State rival Colby, Bowdoin senior Sara Wlodarczyk faced Colby senior Tara Tischio in the #4 match. The two played a critical match for their respective squads. After being tied at a game a piece, Wlodarczyk pulled away and won the final two games to capture the match (11-7, 7-11, 12-10, and 11-7) and give the Polar Bears the critical point in the team victory.
Mario Yanez (University of Rochester): Few teams can boast that they have defeated two different top-ranked teams in the same season, but Rochester has that distinction. They defeated top-ranked Harvard in December and top-ranked Trinity on Saturday. Crucial to both of those 5-4 team victories was Mario Yanez. With the Trinity match tied at 4-4, Yanez faced Trinity’s Vrishab Kotian to decide the team match. He battled back from a 1-2 game deficit to capture the individual match in 5 games (9-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-3, and 11-4) and give the Yellowjackets the victory.