Tennis Weekly Awards Announced
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Duquesne's Laurel Shymansky and Dayton's Langford Hills have been named Atlantic 10 Conference Women's and Men's Tennis Players of the Week, respectively, the league announced Wednesday. Massachusetts freshman Jodie Lawrence-Taylor and Davidson's Sam Kavarana earned Rookie of the Week honors. The awards are for matches played Jan. 21-27.
Shymansky, a junior from Pittsburgh, Pa., went 4-0 this week as the Dukes earned a pair of wins against Saint Francis and Youngstown State. In singles play against the Red Flash, Shymansky netted a 6-0, 6-2 win at the top flight. Later that day, she earned a three-set winner at No. 2 singles against YSU, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. In both matches, she paired with Julianne Herman for two top doubles victories.
Lawrence-Taylor began the spring at No. 1 singles (due to a teammate injury) and doubles against Providence as UMass won 7-0. Lawrence-Taylor teamed with Martina Bocchi for a 7-6 (2) win at the top doubles spot before she cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win over Risa Takenaka, Providence's top competitor. On Sunday night, the London, England, product moved to the No. 2 singles spot with the return of Janja Kovacevic to the lineup and posted a 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 win over Olaya Inclan Solis as Massachusetts erased a 3-1 deficit en route to the 4-3 comeback win over St. John's, the defending Big East champions.
Hills enjoyed a perfect week, as he went a combined 6-0 in his matches last week, with three wins in both doubles and singles play as the Flyers went 2-1. The senior from Atlanta, Ga., won two matches at the No. 2 singles spot, including the clinching point in Dayton's victory over Toledo with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 win over Danilo Vukotich. Hills also won in straight sets at No. 3 against Belmont with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Joan Valy. He paired with both Joe DeMarco and Steven Karl in the week and went undefeated at No. 2 doubles with a 3-0 mark.
The reigning A-10 Rookie of the Week and Charleston, S.C., native, Kavarana won his second straight match with a three-set victory against Winthrop, as the freshman overcame a first set loss, to score 6-4, 6-1 wins in the next two sets at No. 3 to help the Wildcats earn a 7-0 win over the Eagles.