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VCU, Richmond Earn #A10MTEN Honors

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - VCU's Inigio Torre Martin was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. His teammate Rayane Stable, along with Richmond's Campbell Erwin shared Rookie of the Week honors. On the women's side, Richmond's Lea Owens was tabbed as Player of the Week, while Duquesne's Margot Pessy and St. Bonaventure's Andrea Roque were named Co-Rookies of the Week. The awards are for matches played March 18-24.

Martin, a Bilbao, Spain, native played a vital role in the Rams' 2-1 record this past week against JMU, MTSU, and George Washington. He went undefeated in both singles and doubles play, racking up a 6-0 record for the week. Against JMU he and his doubles partner, Arvid Noren, helped guide VCU to earn the doubles point before defeating his No. 4 singles opponent in two sets, 6-3, 6-0. Against MTSU, the sophomore and Noren swept their opponents at the top doubles flight, 6-0, sealing the opening point for VCU. He also defeated his opponent in No. 4 singles in two sets (7-6(6) 6-4). Against GW at No. 2 doubles, he and Noren picked up their third victory of the week, 6-2 while in singles play, Martin defeated his opponent in two sets, 6-4, 6-1 at No. 5 singles.

Facing conference foe, Davidson, with the match tied at 3-3, Erwin forced a winner-take-all third set against Thomas Mason after winning in the second set 7-5. In the third set, the freshman from San Antonio, Texas, saved multiple break points after being down 40-0 to storm ahead 6-5, before breaking serve to clinch the Richmond victory, finishing 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 at No. 6 singles. Erwin also teamed up with Klein Evans to win at No. 2 doubles, 6-3.

Rams' teammate Stable also went undefeated last week. Against JMU, he paired with Inaki Rivero Crespo for a 7-5 victory at No. 3 doubles to seal the doubles point for VCU. At No. 2 singles play, the Mouans Sartoux, France, product defeated his opponent in two sets, outscoring him 12-5. Facing the Blue Raiders, Stable then paired with Javier Amantegui at No. 2 doubles to earn a 6-4 victory for the Rams before taking down his opponent in two sets, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 singles. Finally, against conference foe GW, he took down his opponent in No. 3 singles in two sets, 6-2, 6-1.

Owens went 4-0 in singles and doubles matches last week, including two match clinchers against GW and Georgetown. In the deciding match against the Colonials, it came down to No. 4 singles as Owens played a marathon match winning 6-7 (1), 7-6 (6), 6-4, to give the Spiders a 4-3 victory. Against Georgetown, Owens earned a comeback win at No. 3 singles, 1-6, 6-4, 7-5 to clinch the 4-1 for the Spiders. The junior from Olney, Md., also went 2-0 at No. 2 doubles with partners Dessi Zlateva and Lyndell Giffenig.

Pessy went 3-1 overall last week, including the final points in both of the Dukes' victories over A-10 opponents Saint Louis and Dayton. Against the Billikens, the Normandy, France, product first earned at 6-3 victory at No. 2 doubles, before taking down her opponent at No. 6 singles, 6-4, 7-5, en route to a 5-2 team victory. Then in a 4-0 victory over Dayton, Pessy picked up a 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 6 singles to seal the match.

Roque, a freshman from San Juan, Puerto Rico, helped lead the Bonnies to a 2-0 week, winning matches against Colgate and Marist. At. No. 3 singles against Colgate, Roque took care of Lauren O'Brien in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1. In doubles action, she teamed up with Penelope Abreu for a win at No. 1 doubles over Mackenzie Deeter and Jordan Williams, 6-3. On Sunday, Roque defeated Sophia Moeller from Marist at No. 3 singles, 6-4, 7-5.

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