April 9, 2012

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Xavier’s Mesa Mei and St. Bonaventure’s Fatya Amiri were named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Performers of the Week, respectively, as announced by the league office on Monday. George Washington’s Francisco Dias and Richmond’s Ethan Dunbar were selected as the Men’s Co-Rookie Performers of the Week, while Chanel Glasper of Massachusetts was honored as the Women’s Rookie Performer of the Week. All five student-athletes were recognized for matches played during the week of April 2-8.

MEN’S TENNIS PERFORMER OF THE WEEK
Mesa Mei, Xavier
Sophomore | Somerville, MA
Mei won two straight singles and two straight doubles matches to help Xavier defeat Dayton and Saint Louis in the final matches of the regular season. Xavier finished with a perfect 5-0 record against A-10 opponents and closed out the season with eight straight wins.

MEN’S TENNIS CO-ROOKIE PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK
Francisco Dias, George Washington
Freshman | Lisbon, Portugal
Dias extended his eight-match singles winning streak and seven-match doubles winning streak as he went undefeated at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles over the weekend. He earned a three-set victory over James Madison’s Greg Vladimirsky (3-6, 6-3, 6-4). Dias’ true victory came on Sunday when he defeated Radford’s Nick Sayer in a battle of nationally ranked opponents, as Dias is No. 100 by the ITA and Sayer is No. 78. Dias won by set scores of 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. In doubles action, Dias and partner Ugur Atalay extended their winning streak to seven matches, downing JMU’s Bertrand Moulin and Greg Vladimirsky, 8-5. The duo also earned a victory over Radford’s Thomas Dehaen and Nick Sayer in a tiebreaker, 9-8.

Ethan Dunbar, Richmond
Redshirt Freshman | Medina, OH
Dunbar went 3-0 in No. 1 singles last week while also earning a trio wins in doubles play. On Wednesday, Dunbar downed George Mason’s Jordan Dyke, 7-5, 7-5(3). Dunbar then went on to end Norfolk State’s Arsenio Culver’s 10 match winning streak with a 7-6, 6-0, 10-6 victory on Friday. Dunbar continued his rally on Saturday by edging James Madison’s Greg Vladimirsky, 4-6, 6-0, 6-4. Dunbar was equally affective in doubles play with partner Paul Nahon III, as the duo defeated George Mason’s Taylor Sargent and Chris Borden, 9-7 on Wednesday. Dunbar and Nahon continued the rally on Friday by tallying a victory against Norfolk State’s Christian Romanzini and Kent Austin, 8-2, before completing their weekend sweep with an 8-2 victory over James Madison’s Tommi Nissinen and Hugo Ramadier on Saturday.

WOMEN’S TENNIS PERFORMER OF THE WEEK
Fatya Amiri, St. Bonaventure
Freshman | Oakland, CA
Amiri did not lose a single set in either singles or doubles on Thursday against La Salle, and closed the week a perfect 2-0 in singles and doubles action following a win in each against Saint Joseph’s on Sunday. Against the Explorers, Amiri – playing at No. 2 singles – cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win, but not before posting an 8-0 shutout at No. 2 doubles with partner Manuela Marin-Salcedo. The California native then followed that up with a 6-3, 7-5 win out of the No. 2 position against St. Joe’s on Sunday after posting an 8-6 victory at No. 2 doubles again with Marin-Salcedo.

WOMEN’S TENNIS ROOKIE PERFORMER OF THE WEEK
Chanel Glasper, Massachusetts
Freshman | Plano, TX
Glasper posted three singles and doubles wins this past week against Providence, Sacred Heart and Boston University. Glasper has compiled a total of 22 overall singles wins this season with a 13-5 dual match record. Her 22 wins are the most at UMass since Michele Spiess recorded 24 wins during the 2005-06 season. The freshman has won her last five singles matches and has added a total of nine doubles wins during dual matches this season.

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