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Fordham, George Mason, Davidson Earn #A10MTEN Weekly Honors

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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), but rallied to win the second in a tiebreak with the same score. Then, in the third set, Ayers took control with a 6-3 victory to clinch the 4-3 Mason win. Then on Sunday against Christopher Newport, Ayers won at No. 2 doubles (6-2) with partner Jakob Nielsen, then won in straight sets (6-4, 6-3) at No. 1 singles. He has now won three-straight singles matches.

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 11, and has improved to 9-4 at the No. 3 position.

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 match 5-1 with partner Melissa Ifidzhen, when the Rams claimed the opening point. She is now 14-1 in singles play for the season.

Mitta went 3-0 during the week, collecting a pair of doubles win as well as a singles victory for the Dukes in two triumphs in non-conference action. The freshman from Mobile, Ala.,, picked up a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 4 singles against Carnegie Mellon to go with a 6-3 victory at No. 2 doubles against the Tartans. Mitta also won 6-3 at No. 3 doubles in Duquesne's 4-0 victory over Mount St. Mary's.

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