NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Richmond’s Alexandre Felisa 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 Fordham’s Fabian Mauritzson, who was named the Men’s Rookie of the Week and Richmond’s Lea Owens who was named the Women’s Rookie of the Week. The awards were based off performances from April 3-9.
Felisa went 2-0 in singles and 1-0 in doubles last week for the Spiders. The senior delivered the clinching point in Richmond’s 4-3 win at George Washington with his 6-0, 2-6, 6-3 singles win at the No. 2 position. The Boulogne, France, native teamed up with Jacob Dunbar to clinch a 6-2 victory at No. 1 doubles against the Colonials and had a 5-2 lead when Richmond clinched the match against Duquesne. Felisa also won his singles match against the Dukes, defeating his opponent in straight sets 6-1, 6-2. His performance last week helped the Spiders extend their win streak to 21 straight and program record to 22 wins on the year.
Wong went 4-0 in her matches this weekend as Fordham swept its conference opponents. The junior defeated Saint Joseph's 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2 singles and teamed with Carina Ma to defeat the Hawks 6-1 at No. 1 doubles. On Sunday, the LaJolla, Calif., native, clinched the match for Fordham at No. 2 singles, defeating Rhode Island 7-6 (8), 7-5 and teamed with Ma to also clinch the doubles point 7-5.
Mauritzson went 4-0 in his matches this week to lead the Rams to victory in two of three matches. On Friday, Mauritzson defeated Saint Joseph's 6-3, 6-7 (2), 10-6 at No. 3 singles. In a Saturday doubleheader, the freshman defeated Coppin State 4-6, 6-4, 10-5 at No.1 singles and Saint Francis College 7-5, 6-2 at No. 3 singles. The Bradenton, Fla., native also teamed with Victor Li to defeat Saint Francis 6-1 in first doubles.
Owens went undefeated over the weekend in both singles and doubles play for the Spiders. The freshman from Olney, Md., paired up with senior Kelsey Williams in the No. 3 doubles spot against both Duquesne and George Washington, winning 6-4 and 6-1 in those matches, respectively. In singles play, she took down Duquesne’s Megan Wasson, 6-3, 6-1 at No. 3, before moving up to the No. 2 spot on Sunday in a 4-2 win and taking down Colonial opponent, Marie-Louise Decamps, 6-3, 6-4.