April 2, 2013

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Atlantic 10 Conference has named Max Wennakoski of VCU its Men’s Tennis Performer of the Week, while George Washington’s Danil Zelenkov earned his fourth Rookie Performer of the Week honor, the league announced Tuesday. VCU’s Salome Kvitashvili and Cindy Chala each earned their third Atlantic 10 Women’s Tennis Performer and Rookie Performer of the Week nods, respectively, sweeping the women’s awards for the Rams for the second time this spring. The student-athletes were honored for matches played Mar. 25 - March 31.

MEN’S TENNIS PERFORMER OF THE WEEK
Max Wennakoski, VCU
Senior | Helsinki, Finland

Wennakoski picked up two wins last week, including a No. 1 singles victory against nationally-ranked Andreas Bjerrehus (#81) of Virginia Tech en route to a 4-3 team win. Currently ranked 23rd in the ITA singles rankings, the senior dropped his first set against Bjerrehus before rallying back for a 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 win, improving to 15-2 this spring. He also paired up with Michal Voscek to earn a doubles point for the Rams, who are 16-4 this spring and ranked 24th in the ITA team rankings.

MEN’S TENNIS ROOKIE PERFORMER OF THE WEEK
Danil Zelenkov, George Washington
Freshman | Skopje, Macedonia

Zelenkov earned his fourth A-10 Rookie Performer of the Week honor after posting two wins against local rival, George Mason. Zelenkov held GMU’s Tanner Baine nearly scoreless in the No. 3 singles match, surrendering just one game (6-1, 6-0) for his third consecutive singles win. He also earned a doubles point with partner Nikita Fomin with a 9-7 victory against Jimmy Davis and Scott Keaton in the Colonials’ 10th team victory.

WOMEN’S TENNIS PERFORMER OF THE WEEK
Salome Kvitashvili, VCU
Sophomore | Tbilsi, Georgia

Kvitashvili won her sixth and seventh straight singles matches last week, netting wins against Pittsburgh’s Molly Wickman (6-1, 6-1) and Marshall’s Kai Broomfield (6-3, 6-4). She also paired with Olga Terteac for two dominant No. 3 doubles wins (8-0; 8-2) helping to extend VCU’s winning streak to seven. Kvitashvili and Terteac improved to 11-1 together this spring, while Kvitashvili is 11-4 in singles play.

WOMEN’S TENNIS ROOKIE PERFORMER OF THE WEEK
Cindy Chala, VCU
Sophomore | St. Cloud, France

Chala continued her success at the No. 1 singles spot for the Rams, recording two wins over Pittsburgh’s Taylor Washington (6-2, 6-1) and Marshall’s Dominika Zapranza (6-4, 7-6 (9-7)). The sophomore is ranked #103 nationally by ITA and improved to 12-4 this spring. She also added an 8-5 No. 2 doubles win against Pittsburgh with partner Josefin Hjertquist.