CAA Tennis Players Of The Week - Feb. 22
VCU senior Alex Bara (Oradea, Romania) and the William & Mary duo of sophomore Maria Belaya (Melbourne, Fla.) and sophomore Jeltje Loomans (Houten, The Netherland) earned CAA women's tennis honors for the week ending Febuary 19. Receiving honors on the men's side were VCU sophomore Alejandro Argente (Castellon, Spain) and the UNCW tandem of juniors Kosta Blank (Kfar Sava, Israel) and Chris Cooprider (Denver, Colo.).
Bara was selected as the CAA women's tennis Player of the Week after leading 49th-ranked VCU to a 5-2 road victory at #62 Virginia Tech last week. Bara, who is ranked #120 nationally in singles, defeated the Hokies' Isel Martinez-Marcos, 6-2, 6-4, at the No. 2 slot. She also teamed with her sister, Ana, to record an 8-5 triumph over Tech's Martha Blakely and Courtney Rauscher at the No. 1 doubles position.
Belaya and Loomans were honored as the CAA Doubles Team of the Week for the second consecutive week. The Tribe's top duo defeated Georgetown's Lauren Greco and Kelly Commons, 8-3, and then upset 20th-ranked Welma Luus and Ana Belzunce of #51 Maryland, 8-3, to clinch the doubles point. Belaya and Loomans are on a five-match winning streak.
Argente was named the CAA men's tennis Player of the Week after going 2-0 in singles and 2-0 in doubles in the Rams' matches with Louisiana-Lafayette (5-2) and Maryland (2-5) last week. Playing at No. 4 singles, Argente beat ULL's Damian Farinola, 6-4, 6-3 and topped Maryland's Andy Magee, 6-4, 6-2. He also teamed with Jaime Vazquez at No. 3 doubles and earned wins over ULL's Damian Farinola/Carl Alberton, 8-2, and Maryland's Jesse Kiuru/Andy Magee, 8-6.
Blank and Cooprider posted an impressive 8-2 victory at No. 1 doubles over Ivan Machado and Thiago Pinheiro of 48th-ranked South Carolina in the Seahawks' narrow 4-3 setback. The duo improved to 5-2 this season and now has a four-match winning streak.