Austin Jiang (Green Bay, Wis./Bay Port) has been named MIAC Men’s Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week for his play last week during three Carleton victories over regionally ranked opponents. He won all three singles matches while only losing one set all week, and two doubles matches to contribute major team points to Carleton's efforts.
Jiang got off to a great start on the road on Friday, helping the Knights score a 7-2 conference win over Saint Mary's thanks to his 6-4, 7-6, win at No. 1 singles. He added a 6-2, 6-2, win at No. 4 singles and an 8-5 doubles victory in Saturday's 7-2 win over Luther. He also won an exciting 6-1, 3-6, 10-6, match at No. 5 singles and an 8-2 doubles match against Coe as Carleton added one more 7-2 victory to its weekend total. This season, Jiang has been terrific for the Knights with a 12-3 singles record (3-0 MIAC) and he is 4-0 in doubles play with current partner Andrew Hwang.
The three wins helped Carleton improve to 17-3 overall and remain among the ranks of the unbeaten in the MIAC with a 5-0 conference record. The Knights also clinched a bid to the 2012 MIAC Men's Tennis Playoffs. Jiang and his teammates will try to continue their success this week with a pair of huge matches on the schedule against the league's other two undefeated teams. They host rival St. Olaf (11-1, 4-0 MIAC) Wednesday at 4 p.m., and Saturday they travel to St. Peter to face defending MIAC champion Gustavus (15-7, 6-0 MIAC) with the start time scheduled for 12:30 p.m.