WALLA WALLA — Whitman sophomore and No. 11-ranked player in the nation, Colton Malesovas has been dubbed the Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week for his performances last weekend in leading the Missionaries to wins over conference foe Linfield and 16th-ranked Pomona-Pitzer.
Playing at No. 1 singles, Malesovas battled back against two-time all-NWC pick Troy Zuroske 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6) to give Whitman its seventh conference win.
Two days later,facing the Sage Hens of Pomona, Malesovas prevailed in another marathon match at No. 1, coming out on top against Max Sabel 4-6, 7-5, (10-7). Later that day, Malesovas faced another stout opponent at No. 1 in Texas-Tyler’s Ryan Ybarra, taking the first set 6-4 before running out of gas and dropping the final two, 3-6 and 2-6.
On the doubles side, Malesovas partnered with Andrew La Cava to provide wins in all three matches.