Hatfield, MA — For the week ending 12/4/2016, Tufts’ Claire Davidson and Drexel’s Michael Thompson 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.
Claire Davidson (Tufts University): Tufts ventured to New York this weekend for back-to-back matches with 20th-ranked Hamilton and 19th-ranked St. Lawrence. First-year student Claire Davidson, Tufts’ #2, played 10 games in those two team matches. Against Hamilton, she defeated Megan Grip (11-6, 11-6, 12-10, 6-11, and 11-5) and against St. Lawrence, she defeated Emily Terry (11-9, 11-7, 3-11, 5-11, and 11-7). These individual wins helped 21st-ranked Tufts to a pair of 6-3 victories.
Michael Thompson (Drexel University): Prior to last Wednesday, Drexel University had never defeated their Philadelphia rival Penn. With Drexel leading 4-3 with two matches to play, senior captain Michael Thompson faced Penn’s James Watson at the #4 position. Down 4-8 in the fifth game, Thompson saved match ball at 9-10 before clinching the individual and team victory with a 13-11 victory (11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 4-11, and 13-11). The 9th-ranked Drexel Dragons went on to win 5-4, upsetting 6th-ranked Penn.