Khrapko, Kawamoto Claim Tennis Weekly Awards

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. –Artem Khrapko of Davidson was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week while Dayton’s Jackie Kawamoto was awarded the Women’s Tennis Player of the Week. Also honored was St. Bonaventure’s Ante Zovko, who was named the Men’s Rookie of the Week and Davidson’s Lindsay Song who was named the Women’s Rookie of the Week. The awards were based off performances from March 12 – 19.

 

Khrapko, a senior from Corning, N.Y., helped the Wildcats to a win versus Navy at home by going 2-0 in singles and doubles combined. Khrapko pushed his singles win streak to a season-high eight straight after a 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1. He reached the double-digit win mark with the win for a 10-4 record. Khrapko teamed with Axel Fries at No. 1 doubles to win his fourth straight by blanking Navy’s top team, 6-0. He is a team-best 8-4 on the season.

Kawamoto clinched Dayton’s 4-3 win over Ball State on Friday with a win at No. 4 singles by defeating Isabelle Dohanics, 6-2, 6-4, to give the Flyers the deciding point of the match. The senior from Greenwood, Ind., was the lone victor for the Flyers in a 6-1 loss to No. 27 Ohio State. Kawamoto defeated Emma DeCoste by a score of 2-6, 6-2, 10-4. She also teamed up with her twin sister, Jade, to go 2-0 in doubles matches over the weekend. The Kawamotos won their match against Ball State by a score of 7-5 and then defeated their opponents versus Xavier by a 6-4 margin.

Zovko, a freshman from Citluk, Bosnia-Herzegovina, had an undefeated week for the St. Bonaventure’s men’s tennis team. He went 3-0 in doubles matches and 3-0 in singles matches on the week. Zovko paired with Guillermo Garcia for three doubles wins against La Salle, Saint Joseph’s, and Siena. He also earned two singles wins at No. 4 and one win at No. 3.

Song kept her perfect season intact by going 2-0 in singles play versus UMass and Wofford. The freshman from Birmingham, Ala., scored a 6-1, 7-5 win versus UMass at No. 5 and then gave up just one game in a 6-0, 6-1 decision to Wofford at No. 4. The two wins moved the freshman to 10-0 on the season with a 3-0 A-10 record and is 6-0 at No. 5.

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