March 26, 2012

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – George Washington’s Ugur Atalay and Charlotte’s Anna Ekelund 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. Fordham’s Srikar Alla and Julie Leong were also honored as the Conference’s Rookie Performers of the Week. All four student-athletes were recognized for matches played during the week of March 19-26.

MEN’S TENNIS PERFORMER OF THE WEEK
Ugur Atalay, George Washington
Senior | Istanbul, Turkey
Atalay went undefeated in a pair of matches last week to extend his win streak to seven matches at No. 2 singles. The Turkish import went 2-0 at the position against Navy and Georgetown, while also securing doubles wins against the Midshipmen and the Hoyas as well. Atalay’s victories helped to extend the Colonials’ team winning streak to six matches.

WOMEN’S TENNIS PERFORMER OF THE WEEK
Anna Ekelund, Charlotte
Junior | Lomma, Sweden
Ekelund won both doubles matches with freshman partner Lisa Grosselius and her one completed singles match this week. Tuesday, she defeated Chanel Glasper of Massachusetts in Charleston, S.C. She and Grosselius won both doubles matches, Tuesday versus Massachusetts and Saturday against UNC Wilmington to improve to 15-1 overall, winners of eight straight matches. The duo is 12-1 in the spring as the 49ers have posted a 12-2 record to this point of the season.

MEN’S TENNIS ROOKIE PERFORMER OF THE WEEK
Srikar Alla, Fordham
Freshman | Krakow, Poland
Alla improved to 18-7 in singles play this year with a trio of victories on the No. 2 court, handily defeating his opponents from Temple (6-4, 6-2), Saint Joseph’s (6-2, 6-3) and Wagner (6-0, 6-2) in straight sets. He also earned two doubles wins, teaming with fellow Ram J.J. Tauil to defeat Temple’s tandem, 8-4, at the No. 2 position, before cruising past Wagner’s pair, 8-3, with teammate Kuba Kowalski on the No. 1 court.

WOMEN’S TENNIS ROOKIE PERFORMER OF THE WEEK
Julie Leong, Fordham
Freshman | San Diego, CA
Leong bettered her singles record to 18-4 on the season with a pair of victories last week, including a hard-fought three-set battle over Fairleigh Dickinson’s Irina Dementyeva on the No. 4 court and a 6-3, 6-4 triumph over Kelly Mulquin of Saint Joseph’s at the No. 6 position. Leong, along with teammate Angelika Dabu, also picked up a win at No. 3 doubles, defeating FDU’s tandem, 8-3.