Dayton, Richmond, George Washington Claim #A10MTEN Weekly Honors
By Atlantic 10 Conference
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Dayton's Jordan Benjamin and Richmond's George Lovitt have been named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Tennis Co-Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday, while Davidson's Brooks Green earned Rookie of the Week honors. On the women's side, Fordham's Arina Taluyenko and VCU's Paola Diaz-Delgado share Co-Player accolades, and George Washington's Katarina Marinkovikj was named Rookie of the Week. The awards are for matches played Feb. 11-17.
Benjamin went a perfect 4-0 last week, all at the top spot in the singles and doubles lineups, including a straight-set victory (6-3, 6-4) over Bryant University's Matt Kuhar, who was nationally ranked by the ITA earlier this season. The senior also improved his dual match record to 5-2 this season after picking up a win over a conference foe in singles play with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Richmond's Brice Polender. In doubles play, the Fairport, N.Y., native teamed up with Spencer Richey for a weekly record of 2-0, including a 6-4 win over Richmond's Josh Keitelman and Matt Fernandez. The win was the pair's fifth straight win at the No. 1 doubles spot.
Lovitt went 2-0 in singles last week, including a match-clincher against Dayton's Steven Karl, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 4 singles. Lovitt clinched the win after the match was tied at 3-3. The junior from Marvin, N.C., won in straight sets against Xavier's Connor LaFavre, 7-6 (4), 6-2, at No. 4 singles en route to the Spiders' victory. Lovitt also helped Richmond win the doubles point against Dayton with a 6-3 doubles win with teammate John Walsh at No. 2 doubles. The Spiders went 2-0 on the weekend, including an Atlantic 10 win at Dayton, 4-3. Both wins for Richmond were 4-3 victories.
Green went 3-1 in four matches last week for Davidson, closing the week on a season-best three-match win streak. Two of the rookie's wins came at No. 5, while the third was at No. 4 vs. N.C. A&T., all in straight-sets. The Mobile, Ala., product is now 6-3 on the season, tied for the team lead in wins.
Taluyenko helped the Rams to a 5-2 team victory against Seton Hall last week, winning at first singles and first doubles. The sophomore from Almaty, Kazakhstan, teamed with Tatiana Grigoryan at first doubles to defeat Anicka Fajnorova and Regina Pitts, 6-4, before overcoming a second-set loss to Anicka Fajnorova, and winning in a third-set tiebreaker at first singles, 7-6 (6), 2-6, 7-6 (1).
Diaz-Delgado played a huge role in VCU's 2-0 record over the weekend. In those two matches, she went 2-0 in singles play, making that 6-0 on the season and undefeated in doubles play. She outscored her opponents 26-10 in the two matches this weekend. VCU defeated Liberty on Saturday, 5-2 and Howard on Sunday, 7-0. Against the Flames, the sophomore teamed with Kanako Yano for a 6-3 victory at No. 2 doubles, before securing a No. 1 singles win, 6-3, 7-6. The Almeria, Spain, product then dominated Howard's No. 2 doubles pair with Sofia Sualehe, 6-0, before netting a 6-1, 6-0 win at the top spot against the Bison.
Marinkovikj helped the Colonials notch their third straight victory on Saturday with their 4-3 win at Navy. The freshman from Skopje, Macedonia won an early doubles point at No. 2 with senior Sara Grubac, 6-2, and went on to win her singles match at No. 4 in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1. During their three-match win streak, Marinkovikj is a perfect 3-of-3 in doubles play and 3-of-3 in singles action.