UMass, Duquesne Take Home Weekly #A10WTEN Awards
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Massachusetts' Janja Kovacevic and Duquesne's Laurel Shymansky have been named the Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Tennis Co-Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. They are joined by Minutewomen teammate, Jodie Lawrence-Taylor, who earned Rookie of the Week honors. On the men's side, Davidson's Camden Mazzoni and Fordham's Max Green shared Player of the Week accolades, while Richmond's John Walsh picked up the Rookie of the Week honor. The awards are for matches played Feb. 18-24.
Kovacevic produced a dominant weekend in leading UMass to a pair of comfortable victories over Quinnipiac, 7-0, and LIU Brooklyn, 6-1. Kovacevic started her weekend on Saturday with a 6-0 shutout of Quinnipiac's top doubles pairing alongside her playing partner, Martina Bocchi, followed by a 6-0, 6-2 drubbing of QU's best singles player and the 2018 MAAC Player & Rookie of the Year, Dominique Vasile, en route to the team's shutout win. Against LIU Brooklyn, the Zemun, Serbia product and Bocchi notched a tiebreaker victory, 7-5, at No. 1 doubles before the junior produced a 6-4, 6-4 triumph at No. 1 singles over Anna Grigoryan, the 2017 & 2018 NEC Player of the Year.
Shymansky, a junior from Pittsburgh, clinched a 4-3 victory at Davidson by winning 7-6 in the third set at No. 2 singles after saving three match points, helping the Dukes top the Wildcats for the first time in program history. She also added a 6-3 victory at No. 1 doubles with teammate Julianne Herman.
Lawrence-Taylor held down the No. 2 doubles spot alongside Anna Napadiy and the No. 2 singles spot en route to a 4-0 week. The London native only dropped one doubles game and did not drop a singles set during the weekend, in which the Minutewomen faced the 2018 MAAC Champions (Quinnipiac) and the 2018 NEC Champions (LIU Brooklyn). The freshman downed Quinnipiac's No. 2 doubles pairing, 6-1 and provided a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles over Jennifer Lu, the MAAC Championship Most Outstanding Performer in 2018. Lawrence-Taylor kickstarted the team's win over LIU Brooklyn's with a sweep of the Blackbirds' No. 2 doubles pair, 6-0, alongside Napadiy, before providing the decisive fourth team point with her 6-4, 6-3 victory over Jessica Brzozowska, who won All-NEC First Team in 2018.
Mazzoni, a sophomore from East Dennis, Mass., went 3-0 last week in singles and doubles as the Wildcats took home two victories against Saint Joseph's and La Salle. Mazzoni earned a 6-0, 6-1 win versus the Hawks at No. 4 singles to push his season record 7-2. He also teamed with Douglas MacIntosh at No. 2 doubles to score a pair of 6-4 wins, bumping their season record to 7-4.
In a 5-2 Fordham win over Hofstra, Green teamed with Finn Kemper to defeat Coco Haener/Shawn Jackson at No. 1 doubles, 6-4, before taking down Haener, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 3 singles. The West Hollywood, Calif., native then provided Fordham with its lone point in a 6-1 loss at Brown with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Roger Chou at second singles.
Walsh helped Richmond go a perfect 2-0 on the weekend with wins against Binghamton and Navy. First, Walsh teamed with George Lovitt, 7-5, at No. 2 doubles against Binghamton, then picked up a straight-set victory against Ingo Saez, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 5 singles. Then against Navy with the match tied at 3-3, Walsh earned a comeback win against Jack Dabek, 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3, at No. 5 singles, to clinch the fifth 4-3 win of the season for the Spiders.