March 12, 2012

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Fordham's Kuba Kowalski and Charlotte's Kamil Khalil were named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Tennis Performer and Rookie Performer of the Week, respectively, as announced by the league office on Monday. Duquesne's Vanessa Steiner and Casey Robinson of Saint Joseph's were recognized as the Conference's Women's Tennis Co-Performers of the Week, while Fordham's Bella Gekina was selected as the Women's Tennis Rookie Performer of the Week.

MEN'S TENNIS PERFORMER OF THE WEEK
Kuba Kowalski, Fordham
Sophomore | Krakow, Poland
Kowalski picked up a convincing straight-set victory over Saint Peter's Alex Frakes, winning 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 1 singles position. The Polish import also partnered with fellow Ram Mischa Koran to down Saint Peter's top doubles tandem, 8-4.

MEN'S TENNIS ROOKIE PERFORMER OF THE WEEK
Kamil Khalil, Charlotte
Freshman | Moscow, Russia
Kalil won two more matches for Charlotte last week, stretching his singles win streak to nine in a row. He finished 2-1 in doubles play, with the lone loss coming at College of Charleston in an 8-6 decision Sunday.

WOMEN'S TENNIS CO-PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK
Vanessa Steiner, Duquesne
Senior | Pittsburgh, PA
Steiner secured four wins last week for Duquesne - going 2-0 at No. 1 singles with wins over her counterparts at West Virginia (7-5, 6-4) and Wright State (6-3, 6-3). She also teamed up with fellow Duke Paula Gruber to secure a pair of doubles victories. Steiner has won six straight matches at No. 1 singles, improving her record to 10-4 at the position. She is also 14-5 overall in doubles.

Casey Robinson, Saint Joseph's
Junior | Radnor, PA
Going a perfect 3-0 at No. 1 singles and teaming with Aurora Davis to go 2-1 at No. 1 doubles, Robinson continues to impress for the Hawks. Over SJU's three matches last week, Robinson helped count toward four of SJU's nine team points.

WOMEN'S TENNIS ROOKIE PERFORMER OF THE WEEK
Bella Gekina, Fordham
Freshman | San Diego, CA
Gekina picked up four wins for the Rams last week, going 2-0 at No. 5 singles and 2-0 in doubles with partner Sarah Ali. The San Diego, Calif., native improved to 12-7 in singles play with her hard-fought victories over St. Peter's Jemila Brady (3-6, 6-2, 10-3) and George Washington's Isabella Escobar (6-4, 5-7, 10-8). She is also 10-2 at No. 2 doubles with Ali.

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