Fisher, Rasmussen, Kovacevic Claim Tennis Weekly Awards

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. –Carsten Fisher of Dayton was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week while VCU’s Anna Rasmussen and Massachusetts’ Janja Kovacevic were awarded the Women’s Tennis Co-Player of the Week. Also honored was Dayton’s Theo Jener, who was named the Men’s Rookie of the Week for the second consecutive week and VCU’s Melissa Ifidzhen was named the Women’s Rookie of the Week. The awards were based off performances from Feb. 12 – Feb. 18.


Fisher helped lead Dayton to three team wins this weekend and push the Flyers win streak to eight matches. The senior from Hilton Head, S.C., won two matches with teammate Zach Berry at No. 1 doubles and won two singles matches as well. He defeated his singles opponent versus Austin Peay by a score of 7-5, 6-3 in the No. 2 spot in the lineup. Fisher played No. 1 singles versus Northern Kentucky and won 6-3, 6-1. Fisher and Berry won their doubles matches versus NKU and Cedarville by scores of 6-4 and 6-3, respectively.

Rasmussen, a junior from Holte, Denmark, turned in an undefeated week to help VCU defeat Morgan State and Elon. In singles play, she defeated Morgan State’s Danielle Thompson 6-2, 7-5 on Wednesday before dispatching Elon’s Olivia Lucas 6-2. 7-6 on Sunday, both at No. 1 singles. Rasmussen leads the Rams with a 10-2 record. In doubles, Rasmussen teamed up with Ifidzhen at the No.1 position to defeat the Bears’ Thompson and Asmara Faluke, 6-0 and top the Phoenix’s Maris Paraja and Suzanna Zenoni, 6-2

Kovacevic, a sophomore, led Massachusetts to a perfect weekend at Army West Point on Saturday and against St. Bonaventure on Sunday with four match victories split between singles and doubles action. She helped the Minutewomen beat Army with her shutout victory in singles 6-0, 6-0 and her 6-1 win in doubles paired with Martina Bocchi. Kovacevic put forth another flawless effort against St. Bonaventure, this time in doubles as she and Bocchi downed St. Bonaventure’s No. 2 pairing, 6-0. She completed the perfect weekend with a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles on Sunday as Massachusetts improved to 5-3 overall. Kovacevic did not drop a set and only lost one game in singles and doubles action, respectively, all weekend.

Jener went undefeated this weekend, including a win in doubles and a pair of victories in singles play. The freshman from Stockholm, Sweden, won his match at No. 2 doubles with teammate Jordan Benjamin versus Austin Peay by a 6-1 margin, which marked the duo’s seventh straight victory in doubles play. He played at the No. 3 spot in the lineup at singles for the first time this season vs. Northern Kentucky and won 6-3, 2-6, (10-5). Jener also won at No. 4 singles versus Austin Peay by a score of 6-1, 6-1.

Ifidzhen, a freshman from Moscow, Russia, picked up a pair of straight-set victories at No. 4 singles, and a pair of wins at No. 1 doubles to help guide VCU to a 2-0 week. In singles play, Ifidzhen defeated Morgan State’s Alexus Gill 6-1, 6-2 on Wednesday and topped Elon’s Alex Koniaev 7-6, 6-1 on Sunday. Teaming up with junior Anna Rasmussen in doubles, she took down the Bears’ Thompson and Faluke 6-2, and the Phoenix’s Paraja and Zenoni, 6-2. Ifidzhen and Rasmussen lead the Rams with 10 doubles victories this season, while Ifidzhen alone has won 15 doubles matches.

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