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UMass Sweeps Weekly #A10WTEN Awards

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Massachusetts junior Janja Kovacevic and teammate Jodie Lawrence-Taylor have been named the Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Tennis Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, the league announced Wednesday. On the men's side, VCU sophomore Inigo Torre Martin earned Player of the Week, while George Washington's Ryan Navarro was named Rooke of the Week. The awards are for matches played Feb. 4-10.

UMass claimed identical 6-1 wins at Binghamton and at Marist College on Saturday and Sunday respectively, with junior standout Kovacevic notching three individual victories in as many matches played. The Zemun, Serbia, native won alongside Martina Bocchi at No. 1 doubles against Binghamton, 6-0, and Marist, 6-2. In singles, Kovacevic played at No. 1 against Binghamton's top player, Samantha Eisenberg, and posted a 6-2, 6-0 win.

Martin played a huge role in VCU's two road matches last weekend against Penn and Temple. He went undefeated in both contests, outscoring his opponents 24-7 in singles play while he and his doubles partner, Arvid Noren, outscored their opponents 13-6 in doubles play. The sophomore from Bilbao, Spain posted straight-set wins in singles against Temple at No. 4 (6-3, 6-0) and Penn at No. 5 (6-1, 6-3). So far this season, Martin and his doubles partner Noren, are undefeated in doubles play and in singles play, Martin has only lost two out of eight matches.

Lawrence-Taylor helped UMass win back-to-back matches on the road at Binghamton and Marist, playing at No. 2 doubles, and No. 1 singles at Marist. The London product teamed with Anna Napadiy for a 6-2 win at No. 2 doubles against Binghamton and a 6-0 shutout at Marist. She then defeated Marist's top player, Julia Gabay, in No. 1 singles action and completed a perfect day with a 6-0, 6-0 win.

Navarro was 3-1 in his four matches against Georgetown and Longwood last week, winning both of his doubles matches. Against Georgetown on Friday, Navarro was victorious at No. 3 doubles, 6-3, with partner Dennis Afanasev. The freshman from Mississauga, Canada, then picked up a pair of wins against Longwood, again 6-3 at No. 3 doubles and a No. 2 singles victory, 6-4, 6-3.


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