CAA Tennis Weekly Honors - Feb. 19
RICHMOND, Va. (February 19, 2013) - The CAA has recognized six men's and women's tennis players for outstanding performances last week.
James Madison senior Ryan Pool (Melbourne, Australia) and the William & Mary tandem of junior John Banks (Charlotte, N.C.) and freshman Scott Huang (Burke, Va.) earned CAA men's tennis honors for the week ending February 17. Receiving honors on the women's side were William & Mary junior Maria Belaya (Melbourne, Fla.) and the James Madison duo of senior Michelle Nguyen (Springfield, Va.) and sophomore Taylor Pinchoff (Sylvan Lake, Mich.).
Pool was selected as the CAA men's tennis Player of the Week after going 2-0 at No. 1 singles and 2-0 at No. 1 doubles as the Dukes defeated CAA foe Hofstra (6-1) and NJIT (5-2). In singles, he downed Hofstra's Ari Richman 6-2, 6-3 and NJIT's Holger Norregaard, 6-2, 6-4 to improve his dual match record to 4-2 on the season. In doubles, Pool and partner Robert Stirling topped Hofstra's Richman and Adrien Bailly 8-2 and beat NJIT's Petr Rousar and Erik Artursson, 9-8 (7). They upped their record to 2-2 in dual matches and 12-3 overall this season.
Banks and Huang were honored as the CAA men's Doubles Team of the Week after going 3-0 last weekend. At the No. 3 spot, they posted an 8-4 victory over Robbie Mudge and Simon Norenius of 34th-ranked N.C. State, and edged Liberty's Siim Tuus and Stan Vaughan 8-7 (7) to clinch the doubles point in the Tribe's 4-2 win over the Flames. At the No. 2 position, Banks and Huang topped Norfolk State's Samuel Lemberger and Igor Braga 8-5 as W&M beat the Spartans 6-1.
Belaya was named the CAA women's tennis Player of the Week after going 2-0 at the No. 1 singles position in the Tribe's victories over West Virginia (6-1) and 30th-ranked South Carolina (4-3). The junior defeated WVU's Audrey Woodland 6-4, 6-0 and then clinched the upset over the Gamecocks by outlasting 59th-ranked Jaklin Alawi 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. Belaya has won three straight matches and is 6-4 in dual match play.
Nguyen and Pinchoff were honored as the CAA women's Doubles Team of the Week after compiling a 2-0 mark at the No. 1 spot. The tandem beat Howard's Katelyn Stokes and Talia Johnson 8-3 in the Dukes' 6-1 victory over the Bison and also topped Navy's Erin Snook and Noelle Kaufmann 8-3 in a 4-3 setback to the Midshipmen. Nguyen and Pinchoff are 3-0 in dual matches and 11-3 overall this season.