NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – George Mason’s Andrew Curtis was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week while Saint Louis’ Verginie Tchakarova was named the Women’s Player of the Week. Also honored was St. Bonaventure’s Lukas Linden Malmberg, who was named the Men’s Rookie of the Week and Fordham’s Maia Balce who was named the Women’s Rookie of the Week. The awards were based off performances from Mar. 20-26.
Curtis posted a perfect 4-0 record in matches this week to lead the Patriots to wins over A-10 foe Duquesne and Big South power Longwood. On Friday versus Duquesne, the senior teamed with doubles partner Edward Ayers to defeat their opponents, 6-4, and clinch the doubles point for the Green & Gold. He also clinched the overall match with his singles victory. He dropped his opening frame, but rallied to win the final two sets, 6-3 and 10-7, to propel the Patriots to the A-10 victory. On Saturday versus Longwood, Curtis and Ayers once again were victorious at doubles (6-4). Then at singles, the Springfield, Va., native, won his match 6-1, 6-4.
Tchakarova went 3-0 at No. 3 singles and 3-0 at No. 1 doubles to help the Billikens win all three of their matches. Against Southern Illinois the senior posted a three-set singles victory (3-6, 7-6, 6-0) at No. 3 and teamed up with Eleonore Tchakarova taking a 6-4 doubles win at No. 1. The Sofia, Bulgaria, native picked up a 7-5, 6-2 singles and a 6-2 doubles victory over Bradley. Against A-10 foe Davidson, Tchakarova beat her singles opponent in straight sets (6-2, 6-2), then picked up the close doubles point in a 7-5 victory.
Linden Malmberg earned wins in both singles and both doubles matches he competed in this week. On Friday in No. 3 singles, Malmberg fought hard through three sets to pick up the victory over his opponent. Malmberg took the first set, 6-4, dropped the second set and then won the third set, 6-2, to seal the win. He also teamed up with Indra Patwardhan to earn a win in No. 2 doubles, 6-4. On Sunday, the freshman from Gothenburg, Sweden claimed a No. 4 singles win, 7-5, 6-2, and a No. 2 doubles win with Patwardhan, 7-6 (6) to help the Bonnies to a 6-1 win over Little Three rival Niagara.
Balce went 2-0 in her matches against Binghamton this weekend to lead Fordham to its tenth straight win. Balce, a freshman from Manila, Philippines, defeated Olga Ostrovetsky 7-5, 6-2 at No. 4 singles and teamed with sophomore Carolina Sa to beat Rebecca Dellaway and Allison Roma 6-3 in No. 3 doubles play.