NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Richmond’s Jacob Dunbar was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week while George Mason’s Morgan Yang was named the Women’s Player of the Week. Also honored was Richmond’s John Karlawish, who was named the Men’s Rookie of the Week and teammate Kiana Marshall who was named the Women’s Rookie of the Week. The awards were based off performances from Mar. 27-April 2.
Dunbar had a combined 5-0 week in both singles and doubles to help Richmond to four wins, two against A-10 foes. Against Christopher Newport University, the senior defeated his opponent 6-1, 6-2 to start his week off strong. Later against Davidson he also dominated the court winning at the No. 1 position 6-1, 7-6 in singles and took a 7-6 victory in doubles. The Medina, Ohio native again had an impressive showing versus his George Mason opponent, winning 6-0, 6-1 in singles and 6-1 in doubles. Dunbar’s singles win over Davidson marked his 100th career singles victory, 22 more than any other player in Richmond history. He is now 17-2 for the season, helping the Spiders set a new school record, winning 20 matches in a row.
Yang went a combined 4-0 in singles and doubles action in two A-10 road wins for the Patriots this past week. On Saturday in a 7-0 sweep of La Salle, the senior won at No. 2 singles in straight sets (6-1, 6-0) and teamed with Nicole Haigwood to grab a 6-1 win in doubles. On Sunday at Saint Joseph's, Yang again teamed with Haigwood to win 6-2 in doubles. In singles action, the Springfield, Va., native once again was victorious at No. 2, this time with a three-set win (0-6, 6-0, 6-1).
Karlawish, a freshman from Raleigh, N.C., went 2-1 in singles this week and 4-0 in doubles to help Richmond win four matches. He went 2-0 in singles matches against A-10 foes at No. 4, winning against his Davidson (6-1, 6-1) and George Mason (6-0, 6-1) opponents. His only loss came in a tough fought battle at the No. 1 position in Sunday's lineup against Hampton, this was the rookie first time playing at No. 1. In doubles action, Karlawish and partner James Aronson defeated all their opponents, extending their win streak to 17.
Marshall dropped just one match on the week for the Spiders while helping the squad to a 3-0 weekend record. The freshman won twice in No. 4 singles over the weekend, and went undefeated in doubles play in the Spiders' four matches. In Richmond's opening match in Atlantic 10 play at Saint Joseph's, the freshman from Bridgetown, Barbados, defeated her opponent in singles play, 6-1, 6-0, while against both the Hawks and Villanova, she and fellow rookie Lyndell Giffenig played No. 1 doubles for the first time in their careers, winning 6-4 and 7-5, respectively.