March 19, 2012
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - George Washington's Ugur Atalay and Temple's Jordan Batey 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. Temple's Kristian Marquart and Charlotte's Lisa Grosselius were also honored as the Conference's Men's and Women's Tennis Rookie Performers of the Week, respectively. The four student-athletes were honored for matches played during the week of March 12-18.
MEN'S TENNIS PERFORMER OF THE WEEK
Ugur Atalay, George Washington
Senior | Istanbul, Turkey
Atalay went unbeaten in four matches at the No. 2 singles position to help George Washington to a perfect 4-0 week against its opponents - Florida Atlantic, Troy, Campbell and East Carolina. The Istanbul, Turkey, native is currently riding a team-high five-match winning streak at the No. 2 singles spot, dating back to Feb. 12 against St. John's. In No. 1 doubles action last week, Atalay, along with partner Francisco Dias, went 2-2, defeating both Troy and Campbell.
MEN'S TENNIS ROOKIE PERFORMER OF THE WEEK
Kristian Marquart, Temple
Freshman | Munich, Germany
Marquart went 4-0 last week for Temple, securing two wins at No. 3 singles and two victories in doubles. The German import cruised to a pair of straight-set wins in singles, handily defeating La Salle's Joseph's LaBate, 6-0, 6-0, before downing Xavier's Richard Canelas, 6-4, 6-4. He also teamed with Dmitry Vizhunov for victories over La Salle's No. 2 tandem (8-1) and Xavier's No. 3 pair (8-6).
WOMEN'S TENNIS PERFORMER OF THE WEEK
Jordan Batey, Temple
Sophomore | Atlanta, GA
Batey went 3-0 in singles play and 2-1 in doubles action in a 2-1 week for Temple. The Atlanta, Ga., native won all three singles matches in straight sets to improve to 4-0 at No. 3 on the season and better her singles win-streak to five-straight matches. With her trio of victories, Batey is now 15-9 in singles play. She also teamed up with Alicia Doms to go 2-1 in doubles play with the duo's only loss coming against #54 Penn State.
WOMEN'S TENNIS ROOKIE PERFORMER OF THE WEEK
Lisa Grosselius, Charlotte
Freshman | Mölndal, Sweden
Grosselius finished another perfect 2-0 week in singles and doubles play as Charlotte pushed its win streak to five straight matches with a pair of home wins. She and doubles partner, junior Anna Ekelund, improved to 13-1 together this season, winners of a team-best six straight doubles matches. Grosselius has also captured four-straight singles wins with her pair of victories this week. She is 11-7 in singles play this season, with a 9-2 mark at number four.