Amantegui, Bridgham Claim Tennis Weekly Awards

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. –Javier Amantegui of VCU was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week while Dayton’s Marlys Bridgham was awarded the Women’s Tennis Player of the Week. Also honored was Amantegui’s teammate, Inigo Torre Martin, who was named the Men’s Rookie of the Week and VCU’s Paola Exposito Diaz Delgado, who was named the Women’s Rookie of the Week. The awards were based off performances from Feb. 26 – March 5.


In a 4-0 win over Atlantic 10 foe Saint Louis, Amantegui, a sophomore from Madrid, Spain, notched both a doubles win and the match-clinching singles victory. He and partner Arvid Noren defeated John and Justin Nogalski at No. 2 doubles by a score of 6-3, before he dispatched John Nogalski at No. 2 singles in straight sets, 6-0, 6-4. He also defeated Utah’s Egbert Wevernik in No. 3 singles 7-6, 6-3 in VCU’s losing effort to the Utes.

Bridgham won all four of her matches this weekend, including two at No. 1 singles and a pair of victories at No. 1 doubles with teammate Mattea Kilstofte. The senior from Gibsonia, Pa., opened her weekend with a 6-1, 6-1 win over conference foe Rachel Smilansky of Rhode Island. She won her match against Providence by a score of 6-3, 7-6. Bridgham and Kilstofte took wins in their matches over URI and Providence by scores of 6-1 and 6-3 respectively.

Torre Martin helped power VCU to a 4-0 win over Saint Louis with wins in both doubles and singles. The Bilbao, Spain product and fellow freshman Timo Zgraggen beat Oscar Pachon and Kenji Yanaba 6-2 at No. 3 doubles, then he notched the first singles victory of the match with a 6-1, 6-0 triumph over Pachon at No. 4 singles.

Diaz Delgado’s excellent singles play led the Rams to a 2-0 weekend in Huntington, W.Va., with wins over Cincinnati and Marshall. The freshman from Almeria, Spain, beat the Bearcats’ Alexia Coutino 6-4, 6-4 at No. 2 singles, and paired with sophomore Noumea Witmus to beat Antonella Bramato and Ali Miller 6-2 at No. 2 doubles. Against the Thundering Herd, Diaz Delgado clinched the match for the Rams with a three-set victory over Maddie Silver at No. 2 singles.

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