FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- Christopher Newport junior Johanna Ranta-aho & Southern Virginia junior Kukutla Motlojoa earned CAC Tennis Player of the Week for March 19, 2019.
Women's Player of the Week
Johanna Ranta-aho | Christopher Newport | Jr.
Helsinki, Finland | Pohjois-Haagan yhteiskoulu
Christopher Newport junior Johanna Ranta-aho helped lead the Captains to a pair of non-conference wins this week over Methodist University and Centre College. She won all four of her matches, with a pair of victories at No. 1 singles and two at No. 1 doubles. The CNU junior defeated Alison Himes (6-2, 6-1) and then Katharine Sherman (6-4, 6-0) in singles while pairing with Olivia Reed for 8-3 and 8-6 wins on the top line of tandem play. This marks the second time this season Ranta-ago has earned CAC Player of the Week honors.
Men's Player of the Week
Kukutla Motlojoa | Southern Virginia | Jr.
Maseru, Lesotho | New Mexico Military Institute
Southern Virginia junior Kukutla Motlojoa anchored the men's tennis during their spring break competition in Orlando, Florida against Division II team Lees-McRae. The Knights won 6-1, Kukutla (K.K.) and teammate Daniel Blonquist won their doubles matchup 6-1 and later K.K. defeated his competition in No. 2 singles 6-3, 6-4 to extend the Knights winning streak to four.
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL (3/19)
SALISBURY: Alec Angradi, Jr., Ellicott City, Md./Laurel Springs
FROSTBURG STATE: Shasta Braithwaite, Sr., Clarksville, Md./River Hill
MARY WASHINGTON: Patrick Hughes, Sr., Vienna, Va./Bishop O'Connell; Rachel Cooper, So., Thomasville, Ga./Brookwood
CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT: Dominic Lacombe, Jr., Halifax, Nova Scotia/Ambrae Academy
NOTES AROUND THE CONFERENCE
Frostburg State's Shasta Braithwaite opened the spring season with a dominating 8-1 win at No.1 doubles and he collected a 6-2, 6-2 straight set win at No. 1 singles...Mary Washington's Patrick Hughes led #13 Mary Washington to a 7-2 win over Washington and Lee, cruising to a 6-3, 6-1 win at two singles over Alex Fedor, and teaming with Michael Fleming to top Fedor and Tye Loan, 8-0, at three doubles in the Eagles' only action this week...Christopher Newport's Dominic Lacombe went 1-0 at No. 1 singles and 1-0 at No. 3 doubles in win over Centre...Mary Washington's Rachel Cooper led #19 Mary Washington in the Blue/Gray Invitational against three nationally ranked teams. She picked up a pair of wins at five and six singles in three matches, topping Laura Sweson of #11 Skidmore, 6-1, 6-1 at six, and then downed Cecile Wilde of #38 Southwestern, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, at five on Saturday.
2018-19 CAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK