RICHMOND, Va. (March 20, 2012) - The CAA has recognized six men's and women's tennis players for outstanding performances last week.
Old Dominion senior Krzysztof Muzalewski (Turin, Poland) and the UNCW duo of junior Kosta Blank (Kfar Sava, Israel) and junior Chris Cooprider (Denver, Colo.) earned CAA men's tennis honors for the week ending March 18. Receiving honors on the women's side were Georgia State junior Whitney Byrd (Atlanta, Ga.) and the William & Mary tandem of sophomores Jeltje Loomans (Houten, The Netherlands) and Maria Belaya (Melbourne, Fla.).
Muzalewski was chosen as the CAA men's tennis Player of the Week after posting a 6-4, 6-3 victory over 118th-ranked Ivan Turudic of Penn in the Monarchs' 4-3 team triumph over the Quakers. It was the first win this season for Muzalewski over a nationally ranked opponent and was the difference in an impressive team victory.
Blank and Cooprider were honored as the CAA men's Doubles Team of the Week after going 3-0 at No. 1 doubles last week. The duo, which is ranked 70th nationally by the ITA, defeated North Florida's Daniel Sotomarino and Norbert Nemcsek, 8-6, beat Jordan Kelly and Blake Davis of 30th-ranked Florida State, 8-4, and posted an 8-4 triumph over UTSA's Pedro Zanatelli and Yanick Younger. Blank and Cooprider improved to 10-3 overall this season.
Byrd was named the CAA women's tennis Player of the Week after pulling out a three-set victory at No. 3 singles in GSU's narrow 4-3 loss at 35th-ranked South Carolina. Byrd outlasted USC's Dominika Kanakova, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-2 for her third straight victory. She improved her season record to 7-5.
Loomans and Belaya were tabbed as the CAA women's Doubles Team of the Week once again after knocking off their third Top 25 nationally ranked opponent of the season. The duo, which is ranked No. 39 in the nation, defeated 16th-ranked Li Xi and Emily Fraser of #6 Virginia, 8-7 (7-4). Loomans and Belaya have won nine straight matches and are 16-5 overall for the season.