Sports / The Prairie Fire / April 10, 2013

Tennis player receives honor from Midwest Conference

Senior men’s tennis player David Ham was named Midwest Conference Performer of the week after a pair of stellar performances for the Prairie Fire.

Ham defeated both of his opponents in matches against Eureka and Illinois Colleges last week without dropping a single game. Ham is 10-9 on the season, having now won three consecutive matches dating back to last month.

It was the second time a member of the team was named conference performer of the week, sophomore Walter Palmer having received the honor back in February.
Ham’s dominance was reflective of a solid team performance for the Prairie Fire.

Knox defeated both Eureka and Illinois College 9-0 without dropping a single set in the process.

Palmer leads the team with an 11-7 singles record this season and also has an 11-7 record in doubles matches with his partner and fellow sophomore Karl Ruzgas.

Ham and his partner, sophomore Jonathan Ng have also compiled a record over .500 this season, going 9-8 against their number two doubles opponents.

Knox is 7-12 this season and still has a shot to make it to the conference tournament at the end of May. The Prairie Fire are 1-1 against Midwest Conference opponents, and still have matches against Cornell and Monmouth remaining on the schedule.

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Jackson White
Jackson White is a senior double majoring in political science and secondary education. This is his third year as a sports editor for TKS. Over the course of the 2010-2011 academic year, Jackson worked for, writing feature stories and columns about high school and college baseball in central Illinois. Outside of the Publications Office, he is an information assistant for the Knox College Sports Information Department and a two-time all-Midwest Conference baseball player. Jackson is the recipient of five awards from the Illinois College Press Association, including two first place awards for sports game coverage and sports page design.

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