MEAC Announces Weekly Tennis Honors
Morgan State junior Arjun Ramakrishnan was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men’s Tennis Player of the Week, the conference office announced. Norfolk State’s Ignacio Guevel was named Men’s Tennis Rookie of the Week. On the women’s side, Morgan State junior Kayla Price was named Player of the Week, while Norfolk State’s Bruna Goncalves earned Rookie of the Week honors.
Ramakrishnan (5-10, Jr., Chennai, India) picked up a pair of straight-set victories this past week, defeating Coppin State’s Christian Duchnak 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 2 singles position before notching a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Norfolk State’s Dan Dumitrascu. The latter victory helped the Bears win the team match over the Spartans, clinching the Northern Division’s top seed in the process.
Guevel (5-10, Fr., Santiago del Estero, Argentina) was a perfect 6-0 this past week, going 3-0 in both singles and doubles competition. He won all three of his singles matches in straight sets – 6-2, 6-2 over Coppin State’s Andre Sturniolo, 6-2, 6-2 over Morgan State’s Sagar Sathyanarayanan and 6-3, 6-0 over Hampton’s Luke Thompson. He also teamed with Vini Da Silva for his doubles wins, including a 6-0 victory against Coppin State’s Sturniolo and Gavin Lewis.
Price (5-10, Jr., Charlotte, N.C.) was a combined 5-0 this past week, winning all three of her singles matches in straight sets and going 2-0 in doubles play. After defeating Coppin State’s Brittanie Cahua 6-0, 6-2 and Delaware State’s Aauyshi Chouhan 6-0, 6-2 in the No. 4 position, Price moved up to the No. 3 singles spot to defeat Norfolk State’s Ana Popovic 6-3, 6-2. Her doubles wins came in the No. 1 position, alongside Chloe Kabamba, against Coppin State and Norfolk State.
Goncalves (5-3, Fr., Governador Valadares, Brazil) won all three of her singles matches this past week, two of which came in straight sets. In the No. 5 singles position, she defeated Hampton’s Mikaela Price 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 before winning 6-0, 6-3 against Morgan State’s Dana Santiago and 6-2, 6-0 over Coppin State’s Tinashe Gwaze. She also won her doubles match against Morgan State, teaming with Ana Popovic for the 6-4 victory.
Other Top Performers
Mina Matsuba (B-CU) defeated Florida A&M’s Olivia Rolle 6-1, 6-0, while also picking up a doubles win over the Lady Rattlers.
Phatsimo Ruele (B-CU) teamed with Matsuba for a 6-4 doubles win over Florida A&M’s Dominique Henry and Elizabeth Clayton.
Nihit Rawal (MSU) picked up straight-set singles wins over Coppin State and Norfolk State.
Dajana Cvjetkovic (NSU) was 3-0 in singles action this past week, with wins over Coppin State, Morgan State and Hampton.