NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Dayton’s Zach Berry was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week while Duquesne’s Julianne Herman was named the Women’s Player of the Week. Also honored was Davidson’s Axel Fries, who was named the Men’s Rookie of the Week and teammate Alexandra Abele who was named the Women’s Rookie of the Week. The awards were based off performances from Mar. 6-12.
Berry, a junior from Springboro, Ohio, had a 2-0 week in singles, pulling off a 6-4, 6-4 victory over ITA No. 104 Kevin Wong from the University of Michigan on Sunday, as well as a 6-4, 6-4 win against Eastern Illinois on Friday. Berry combined with Carsten Fisher to go 1-1 in doubles, winning 6-1 against Eastern Illinois on Friday night and falling 6-2 at No. 10 Michigan on Sunday.
Herman went a perfect 4-0 this week, recording two straight sets singles wins. Against Norfolk State she garnered a 6-1, 6-0 victory and versus South Dakota a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 2 singles. The native from Philadelphia, Pa. teamed up with teammate Kylie Isaacs to win both doubles matches for the week, 6-1 over Norfolk State and 6-3 versus South Dakota.
Fries, a native from Stockholm, Sweden, went combined 4-0 in singles and doubles at Bethune Cookman and at home versus Saint Joseph’s. The freshman pushed his singles win streak to 12 in a row with wins of 6-1, 6-0 at Bethune Cookman, and then came back from falling in his first set, 7-5, to roll up 6-0, 6-0 wins in his next two sets versus Saint Joseph's . Fries pushed his singles record to a team-best 13-1, while remaining perfect in A-10 matches at 3-0. In doubles action, Fries teamed with J.B. Gough at No. 1 doubles and the duo continued their outstanding season by scoring 6-1 and 6-2 wins to bump their record to 11-3.
Abele had another stellar week, pushing her singles win streak to eight in a row and remaining unbeaten in doubles play with Ava Todd by going 4-0 for the week vs. Stetson and Saint Joseph’s. The freshman registered singles wins of 7-6, 6-3 at No. 4 to run her record to a team-best 11-1. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native helped the Wildcats win both doubles points by securing 6-3, 6-2 decisions at No. 3 and moving to 11-0 on the year.