Fordham, George Mason, Davidson Earn #A10MTEN Weekly Honors
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Fordham's Finn Kemper and George Mason's Edward Ayers have been named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Tennis Co-Players of the Week, while Davidson's Sam Kavarana earned Rookie of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. On the women's side, Duquesne's Julianne Herman and Paola Expositio Diaz-Delgado shared Player of the Week honors, while Duquesne's Priyanka Mitta took home Rookie accolades. The awards are for matches played April 1-7.
Kemper had a perfect 4-0 week as the Rams picked up a pair of victories against St. Francis Brooklyn, 7-0, and Saint Joseph's, 4-3. Against SFU, Kemper first paired with Max Green for a 7-5 win at No 2. doubles, before taking a three-set victory at No. 2 singles. Then against conference foe, SJU, the junior from Hamburg, Germany, earned a 6-4 win at second doubles, before clinching the fourth point for Fordham at No. 3 singles, winning 6-2, 4-6, 6-0.
Ayers went 3-1 overall in a 2-0 week for the Patriots. The junior from San Antonio, Texas, proved monumental in the program's first-ever victory over Dayton. The 2018 All-Atlantic 10 Second Team selection provided the clinching point at No. 1 singles over the reigning A-10 Player of the Year, Dayton's Jordan Benjamin, who had not dropped an A-10 match since 2016. Ayers lost the first set in a tiebreak 7-6(5
Kavarana won his lone match of the week, netting a 6-4, 6-2 decision at No. 3 singles against College of Charleston's Ben Cawston. The freshman from Charleston now is tied for the team in wins with
Herman went 4-0 in a pair of victories for Duquesne over the weekend, improving to 18-3 with two wins at No. 1 singles to go with two triumphs at No. 1 doubles to boost her record to 17-8 on the year. The senior from Philadelphia did not drop a point against her opponents from Mount St. Mary's, winning 6-0 at No. 1 doubles, and 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. She then rallied from behind to win her top singles match against Carnegie Melon's Danna Taylor, winning the final two sets (0-6, 6-4, 7-5). She also earned a 6-3 doubles victory with partner Meredith Lee.
Diaz-Delgado played a crucial role in VCU's 4-2 victory against George Washington, clinching the match at No. 1 singles, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 against reigning A-10 Player of the Year, Maria Siopacha. The sophomore from Almeria, Spain, was also leading her doubles
Mitta went 3-0 during the week, collecting a pair of doubles