Hatfield, MA — For the week ending 11/22/2015, Stanford’s Anna Marie Manning and Franklin & Marshall’s Sean Kenny 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.
With so many great matches, including upsets, there were a record number of nominations this week.
Women’s nominations included Sarah Zhang, who helped Wellesley overcome Colby for the first time since 2013; Carolyn Grenier, who went 3-1 on Virginia’s successful road trip; and Mariela Mendoza, who assisted Bowdoin in defeating Dickinson, 5-4.
Men’s nominations included Aditya Advani, Tufts #1 and captain, who led the Jumbos to a 6-3 victory over Hamilton; Hal Holappa, who went 4-0 for Dickinson; Karim Tarek Hussein, who went 2-0 in his collegiate debut, helping Penn to victories over Navy and George Washington; Adham Madi, the Columbia freshman who came back in five games to win his collegiate debut against Williams; and Henry Woodworth, who helped the Virginia go 3-0 against NESCAC teams.
Anna Marie Manning (Stanford University): There were a number of firsts for Stanford this weekend. They began their season with seven matches in three days in Boston. First-year student and #5 Anna Marie Manning, playing in her first weekend of collegiate matches, went onto the court with Stanford and Trinity, the #2 team in the nation, tied at 4-4. Manning won the first two games against the Bantam’s Karolina Holinkova, but lost the next two. She prevailed in the fifth to capture the individual and team match (11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 10-12, and 11-6). This marked Stanford’s first-ever victory against an opponent ranked in the top 3.
Sean Kenny (Franklin & Marshall): Franklin & Marshall trailed 1-3 to Princeton. Kenny, a freshman, faced Princeton’s Komron Shayegan in the match at the #5 position. He lost his first game 0-11 and improved his play in the second game, but fell 9-11. Kenny battled back to win the next three games and captured the match in five games (0-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-8, and 11-5). This tied the team match at 4-4 and allowed F&M to win the final pairing to capture the match, 5-4. This marked the Diplomats’ sixth all-time victory against the Tigers and their second in the past three seasons.