Miami Athletes of the Week

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March 13, 2012

OXFORD, Ohio - A pair of freshmen tennis players in Christine Guerrazzi and Alix Thurman are Miami's Co-Female Athletes of the Week while a record-setting performance from senior goaltender Connor Knapp earned him Miami Male Athlete of the Week for the week of March 5 to March 11. The honor is the first for Guerrazzi and Thurman and the third for Knapp this year.

Christine Guerrazzi

Alix Thurman

Guerrazzi (Sarasota, Fla.) and Thurman (Harrison Township, Mich.) each went 2-0 in singles and 1-1 in doubles last week, helping Miami defeat Ohio Northern, 7-0, on Wednesday, while earning the RedHawks' only points in a 5-2 loss at No. 42 South Florida Thursday. Both freshmen won their singles matches against Ohio Northern, 6-0, 6-0, and won their doubles match 8-1 as Guerrazzi partnered with Riekie Honiball in second doubles while Thurman played first doubles with Stephanie Danesis. Against USF, Guerrazzi pulled out a three-set singles win, 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, while Thurman also won a three-set match, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6. Guerrazzi played sixth singles in each match while Thurman played fifth singles.

Connor Knapp

Knapp (York, N.Y.) back-stopped Miami to a sweep of No. 15/15 Michigan State in the CCHA Quarterfinals over the weekend. He allowed just one goal all weekend, making a combined 48 saves for a .980 save percentage with a 0.50 goals-against average. On Friday, he made 27 saves to break the school's career shutout record as the RedHawks won 6-0. It was his 13th career shutout, passing classmate Cody Reichard and David Burleigh ('03), and his fifth of the season, which is a career high. Saturday, he stopped 21 shots, allowing only a power play goal in a 4-1 victory. He leads the country with a 1.43 GAA and is second nationally with a .943 save percentage, both of which would be Miami single-season records. He has not allowed an even-strength goal in his last seven starts, giving up just four goals during that span, all on the power play. He was also named Honorable Mention All-CCHA last Wednesday.

Guerrazzi and Thurman return to action in two weeks when Miami opens Mid-American Conference play at Akron, March 23. Knapp hits the ice again this weekend as the RedHawks head to Detroit for the CCHA Championship, starting Friday with a semifinal match-up against No. 14/14 Western Michigan at 4:35 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena.

The next Miami Athletes of the Week will be announced Tuesdsay, March 20. For a list of previous winners, click here.