NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Richmond’s Jacob Dunbar was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week while Fordham’s Estelle Wong was named the Women’s Player of the Week. Also honored was Davidson’s Axel Fries, who was named the Men’s Rookie of the Week and teammate Alexandra Abele who was named the Women’s Rookie of the Week. The awards were based off performances from Feb. 20-26.
Dunbar went 2-0 in singles at the top spot in the lineup and 2-0 in doubles. The Medina, Ohio, native beat his Navy and Morgan State singles opponents in straight sets, 6-0, 6-3 and 6-3, 6-3, respectively. In doubles, against Navy, Dunbar and Alexandre Felisa won at the No. 1 spot, 6-4. Dunbar claimed his other doubles win of the weekend at the No. 2 spot, defeating Morgan State, 6-3, with teammate Canyon Teague. The senior helped Richmond extend its winning streak to eight matches. The Spiders are off to the best start in school history at 9-2. Dunbar is currently the only Atlantic 10 athlete in the top-100 of the ITA rankings at #87. He is currently 8-2 this spring in singles action and is only seven wins away from reaching 100 career singles victories.
Wong put together a 4-0 week against opponents Army and St. Bonaventure. Wong won 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 at number two singles against Army and followed that up with a 6-0, 6-2 victory against conference foe St. Bonaventure. To add to the weekend's success, the junior from LaJalla, Calif., teamed up with sophomore Carina Ma for a 6-3 win over the Black Knights at No.1 doubles and a 6-1 victory over the Bonnies.
Fries had another impressive week by going 3-0 in singles and doubles combined, while pushing his singles win streak to nine straight and doubles win streak to three. The freshman helped the Wildcats claim the doubles point at Radford with a 6-4 victory with partner J.B. Gough. He also netted a 6-4 doubles win against VCU to push doubles win streak to three in a row and improve to a team-best 9-3 overall with a 2-0 conference record. The Stockholm, Sweden native was the lone Wildcat to score a team point versus VCU, nailing down a 6-3, 6-3 decision at No. 5 to run his singles record to a team-leading 10-1 and has a 2-0 conference mark.
Abele had a solid week, going a combined 4-0 in singles and doubles at home versus Appalachian State and Rhode Island, while pushing her win streaks in each category to five and eight straight, respectively. The freshman from Cincinnati, had singles wins of 6-2, 6-4 and 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4 to run her singles win streak to five in a row and push her overall record to a team-leading mark of 8-1, while going to 2-0 in A-10 matches. In doubles, she teamed with Ava Todd as the duo remained perfect on the season with a pair of shutout 6-0 wins at No. 3 and they are now 8-0 on the year, 2-0 in A-10 matches.