FREDERICK, Md.--Sophomore Emily Maerz of the women's tennis team and senior Andy Alger of the men's golf team have been picked as the Hood College athletes of the week for the week ending April 17.
Maerz, a Middletown High School product from Myersville, Md., was the only Blazer to win both her singles and doubles matches against a pair of Capital Athletic Conference rivals last week. The Blazers took on St. Mary's College (Md.) and York College (Pa.) on Friday at the Baker Park Tennis Courts.
Maerz started the afternoon by teaming up with Kameran Evans to defeat Marie Rau and Sarah Minkoff at first doubles, 8-1. She then cruised to an 8-0 victory at first singles over Rau to produce Hood's second point in the match.
Later in the day, Maerz and junior Emily Schrodel hung tough and outlasted York's top singles duo of Sarah Wargo and Katelyn Acker, 8-6. Maerz then upped her singles record to 9-3 overall and 5-2 in CAC play by defeating Wargo in decisive fashion, 8-0, at the No. 1 spot.
Maerz and the Blazers (3-9, 1-6 CAC) did not qualify for the CAC tournament, but have a pair of nonconference matches remaining on the spring schedule, beginning with a Monday matchup at Gettysburg College at 4 p.m.
Alger became the first Hood golfer to garner first team all-CAC accolades with a third-place finish at the CAC championship held at Piney Branch Golf Club.
Alger, who hails from Frederick and is a Brunswick High School graduate, paced the Blazers with an eight-over 79 during Friday's opening round, good for third place amongst the 25 participants. During that round, Alger collected eight pars and one birdie at the par 71, 6516-yard course. Saturday's second round was cancelled due to heavy rains, so the scores accumulated during Friday's round stood as the final results.
Alger was also recognized as the 2011 recipient of the Andrew Geyer Memorial Award, presented to a golfer at the championship for "outstanding academic credentials, athletics, citizenship and community service." Geyer, a former top golfer and Dean's List student at Wesley College, was killed in a car accident in 2009.
The men's golf team will host Stevenson University and Marymount University Wednesday at Holly Hills Golf Club beginning at 2:15 p.m. and will recognize seniors Evan Chaney, Jacob East and Alger prior to teeing off. The Blazers are also set to travel to Messiah College Tuesday, April 26, for a noon invitational.