March 11, 2013

Three Bishops Earn USA South Weekly Honors

Fayetteville, N.C. - The USA South Athletic Conference has released its weekly awards for March 11th, and three Battling Bishops earned honors in their respective sports. Junior Robert Kjellberg and freshman Johan Ljungdahl gave men's tennis a third straight sweep, while baseball's Ciro Norzagaray picked up his second Rookie of the Week accolade.

Men's Tennis Player of the Week
Robert Kjellberg, N.C. WesleyanThe junior from Vetlanda, Sweden earned a 2-1 record at #1 singles last week against opponents from three nationally-ranked teams. Kjellberg's victories came over the 11th-ranked player in the nation and the 8th-ranked player in the West Region. His lone singles loss came in a 14-12 third-set tiebreaker. In double action, Kjellberg teamed with Artsiom Prostak to earn a win over Pomona-Pitzer's top duo.

Men's Tennis Rookie of the Week
Johan Ljungdahl, N.C. WesleyanThe freshman from Stockholm, Sweden posted a 3-0 singles record at the #3 position for the 15th-ranked Bishops last week against opponents from three nationally-ranked teams. Two of Ljungdahl's three victories came over opponents who are currently ranked in the West Region, while in doubles play, he teamed with Peter Hviid to earn a win over Pomona-Pitzer. 

Baseball Rookie of the Week
Ciro Norzagaray, N.C. Wesleyan - The Mexico City, Mexico freshman earned a victory in his only appearance last week in a 7-6, 13-inning, victory over USA South foe Averett. Norzagaray came on in relief in the top of the ninth inning and proceeded to toss the final five scoreless innings, allowing no runs on just one hit with zero walks and seven strikeouts.

Congratulations to all three athletes on their stellar performances!