March 27, 2012

Bernard Mitambo Named Men's Tennis Athlete Of The Week

Bernard Mitambo didn't go to Florida last week for just the sun. He went to play some serious tennis, too. The senior won all five of his singles matches down south last week to stretch his current winning streak to seven in a row.. Accordingly, he has been named the MIAC Men's Tennis Athlete Of The Week. The Cameroon native, who prepped at Minneapolis DeLaSalle High School, helped his teammates to a 4-1 match mark last week.

In Florida, three of Mitambo's singles wins came in straight sets against opponents from Colorado College (6-2, 6-1), UW-Oshkosh (6-3, 6-0) and a regionally-ranked competitor from Elmhurst (6-2, 6-2). His other two wins - against Olgethorpe (6-2, 0-6, 6-3) and Calvin (2-6, 6-3, 6-3) - were three-set thrillers that helped Hamline clinch a 5-4 victory in each match. He also had a great win at No. 2 doubles with partner Sam Teitelbaum on the trip. This season, Mitambo is 8-2 overall (1-1 MIAC) in singles play and 5-5 overall (1-1 MIAC) in doubles action.

In addition to his singles successes, Bernard is 3-4 as a doubles partner with Teitelbaum this spring. Hamline is now 5-5 on the season heading into its first home match of the season March 30 against St. Mary's.