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Weekly Tennis Awards Announced

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Atlantic 10 Conference has named George Washington's Sara Grubac and VCU's Paolo Exposito Diaz-Delgado its Women's Tennis Co-Players of the Week, while Fordham's Nicole Li was named Rookie of the Week. On the men's side, Richmond's Matt Fernandez and St. Bonaventure's Indra Patwardhan shared Co-Player of the Week accolades, while GW's Zicheng Zeng was named Rookie of the Week. The awards are for matches played Jan. 28 - Feb. 3.

Grubac was part of a complete team effort for GW that earned an impressive 6-1 win over local foe Maryland last Saturday afternoon in College Park. The Belgrade, Serbia, native first helped the Colonials take the doubles point by partnering with Katarina Marinkovikj for a 6-2 win in the No. 2 spot. In No. 3 singles action, Grubac dropped the first set, 2-6, to Maryland's Millie Stretton, but bounced back by winning the next two sets, 7-6 and 10-8, for the victory. The senior was one of four Colonials to finish the weekend without dropping a match as the Colonials also knocked off Howard on Friday, winning 6-0, 7-5 in singles and 6-1 in doubles.

Diaz-Delgado went 2-0 in singles and doubles play against conference foe, Davidson last week. She and her doubles partner, Kanako Yano, defeated Samantha Armas and Alexandra Abele, 6-2, to earn VCU the first doubles victory of the match, which ultimately led to the Rams winning the doubles point. In singles play, the Almeria, Spain, product defeated Megan Scholvinck in No. 1 singles in two sets, with scores of 6-1, 6-2. VCU went on to win the match 7-0.

Li, a freshman from Hebei, China, won at fifth singles and third doubles in Fordham's only match last week. She first teamed with Genevieve Quenville to take third doubles from Stephanie Yanosov and Alexandra Mircea, 6-4, before defeating Quinnipiac's Layla Rodriguez in straight sets at fifth singles, 6-3 and 6-0 en route to a 7-0 Rams victory.

Fernandez went 2-0 in singles last week in matches helping the Spiders to 4-3 team victories against UNC Greensboro and Wofford. In his three-set win against UNCG, Fernandez clinched the victory for the Spiders at No. 3 singles against Roger Rogowski, 6-7 (1), 6-3, 7-6 (2). Fernandez was down 5-2 in the third set before forcing a tiebreaker at 6-6 and winning the tiebreaker, 7-2. The Richmond native also won a third set match against Wofford at No. 3 singles, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 against Omar Williams. 

Patwardhan led the Bonnies to a 4-3 victory over Siena last Saturday evening. He was victorious at No. 2 singles over Tomas Del Olmo, 6-2, 6-2. In doubles at the No. 1 flight, Patwardhan, a senior from Pune, India, teamed up with Ante Zovko for a win against Del Olmo and Guillo Lopez, 7-6.

Zeng debuted in the top spot in singles and doubles in GW's opening match of the season against conference foe, La Salle, and swept both matches. Playing at No. 1 doubles, Zeng and partner Ben Barnett bested Patrick Pascual and Nassim Fenjiro of La Salle, 6-4. In singles, Zeng defeated La Salle's Connor Merrill 6-2, 6-4 to claim the point. The match was the first career dual meet for the Chengdu, China product, who begins his GW tenure at the top of the ladder.

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