Northwestern State’s Ivanova Earns Women’s Tennis Player of the Week

first_imgHonorable Mention: Ceci Mercier, Southeastern Louisiana; Sarah Jurakova, McNeese; Jelana Dzinic, Texas A&M-Corpus Chrisi; Gabi Guilarte, Stephen F. Austin; Jelena Dordan, UIW. Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Polina Ivanova, Northwestern State – Sr. – Moscow, Russia Ivanova did not surrender a set across her four matches in Southland singles and doubles competition this past weekend. She improved her singles record to 5-1 while remaining undefeated in doubles with junior Polina Mutel at 5-0. Ivanova and Mutel’s 6-2 doubles victory at the top slot in Saturday’s match against Southeastern helped the Lady Demons earn the 1-0 advantage heading into singles play. The senior from Moscow, Russia, gave up just one point across the two sets at the No. 2 flight, defeating the Lions’ Dany Raygadas 6-0, 6-1. On Sunday against New Orleans, the tandem of Ivanova and Mutel garnered every point to win 6-0 and clinch the doubles match point. Ivanova then finished singles first for the second time in as many singles matches, defeating the Privateers’ Anja Luethi 6-3, 6-2. FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Polina Ivanova is the Southland Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. NSU has now claimed three consecutive weekly awards. Polina Mutel earned the honor March 6, and Ela Iwaniuk won the award a week ago. The Lady Demons (10-5, 6-0 SLC) strung together their third straight weekend sweep of Southland opponents, winning Saturday 5-2 against Southeastern Louisiana and Sunday 6-1 over New Orleans. Ivanova and her side sit atop the standings as one of three league teams – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (8-5, 3-0 SLC) and Central Arkansas (9-2, 2-0 SLC) – unbeaten in conference action. In their lone match this week, the Lady Demons will host Stephen F. Austin on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more