A-10 Announces Weekly Tennis Awards
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Lana Robins of George Washington and Arielle Griffin of Massachusetts have been named Atlantic 10 Conference Women’s Tennis Co-Performers of the Week, the league announced Tuesday, while Saint Joseph’s Pierre Brondeau was named Men’s Performer of the Week. Also honored were Minutewomen freshman, Aarzoo Malik and Saint Joseph’s Kyle Chalmers and Richmond’s Jacob Dunbar.MEN’S PERFORMER OF THE WEEK
Pierre Brondeau, Saint Joseph's
Junior | Perpignan, France
Brondeau went undefeated in the top two singles flights last week and picked up two No. 1 doubles wins with partner Jose Sierra, as the Hawks went 3-0. Against Drexel, the pair earned an 8-4 victory over Alex Fioravante and Xabier Saavedra before taking down Skyler Davis, 7-5, 7-5 at No. 2 singles. Facing conference foe Fordham, the Perpignan, France, native bounced back from a doubles loss for a 6-1, 7-6(8) win against No. 2 Alastair Barnes. In the final match of the week, Brondeau and Sierra handed Kevin Budrawich and Matt Dean of Sacred Heart an 8-2 loss in No. 1 doubles, before winning in straight sets over Brian Power, 7-6(4), 6-4 in the top flight.MEN’S CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Jacob Dunbar, Richmond
Freshman | Medina, Ohio
Dunbar stretched his singles win streak to 19 with a pair of No. 2 singles victories against East Carolina and No. 53 George Washington. Against ECU’s Mario Martinez, the Medina, Ohio, product dropped just one game in a 6-1, 6-0 win. Dunbar then defeated the 76th ranked pair of Francisco Dias and Julius Tverijonas of GW in No. 1 doubles, 8-5, before picking up the Spiders lone point against Nikita Fomin in a three-set battle 7-6(9-7), 2-6, 10-4.MEN’S CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Kyle Chalmers, Saint Joseph’s
Freshman | Tempe, Ariz.
Chalmers recorded three straight-set wins last week as the Hawks posted a perfect 3-0 week. The freshman from Tempe, Ariz., earned wins against Drexel’s Paul Stauskas (6-0, 6-5), Fordham’s Pedro Alonso (6-1, 6-1), and Sacred Heart’s Matt Dean (7-6(10), 6-1) at No. 4 and No. 5 singles. In doubles play, Chalmers paired with Andres Urrea for No. 2 doubles victories against Skyler Davis and Dan Koehler of Drexel (8-6), and Justin Pagan and Brian Power of Sacred Heart (8-4).WOMEN’S CO-PERFORMER OF THE WEEK
Lana Robins, George Washington
Sophomore | Bellevue, Wash.
After dropping the doubles point in matches against Xavier and Richmond, the Bellevue, Wash., native contributed crucial singles wins from the top spot, leading GW to a pair of come from behind, 4-3 victories. Robins defeated Xavier’s Sydney Liggins, 7-5, 7-6(1) and Richmond’s Melissa Kandinata (6-2, 6-4), marking the first GW win over the Spiders in four years.WOMEN’S CO-PERFORMER OF THE WEEK
Arielle Griffin, Massachusetts
Sophomore | Jamaica, N.Y.
Griffin went undefeated in singles and doubles play last week, extending the Minutewomen’s win streak to four matches. Against Quinnipiac, Griffin paired with Aarzoo Malik for an 8-6 No. 1 doubles win against Sophia Dzulynsky and Sydney Young before a three-set win over Michelle Dassa (4-6, 7-5, 6-3) at No. 3 singles. The sophomore from Jamaica, N.Y., again with Malik, defeated Saint Joseph’s Kristina Eisenbrand and Lauren Roy, 8-1 at No. 2 doubles, then earned a straight-set victory over Kelly Mulquin, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4 singles.WOMEN’S ROOKIE PERFORMER OF THE WEEK
Aarzoo Malik, Massachusetts
Freshman | New Delhi, India
Malik improved to 10-4 in dual matches on the year, with a pair of wins at No. 3/4 singles and No. 1/2 doubles last week. Malik and partner Arielle Griffin defeated Quinnipiac’s Dzulynsky and Young, 8-6 at No. 1 doubles, before the New Delhi, India product picked up a 6-3, 6-2 No. 4 singles win against Young. Against conference foe Saint Joseph’s, Malik and Griffin took down Eisenbrand and Roy, 8-1 at No. 2 doubles, before posting another straight-set win against Devi Jadeja, 6-4, 6-1.