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This Week in WAC Women's Tennis - Feb. 13

This Week in WAC Women's Tennis - Feb. 13
Grand Canyon's Lucas Grego and Chicago State's Katarina Drazic, Grand Canyon doubles team Valentin Lang and Jakub Novak and UT Rio Grande Valley's doubles team Sandra Putz and Katarina Sasaroga have been named the Men's and Women's Western Athletic Conference Tennis Athletes of the Week, respectively, for Feb. 5-11.
Grego, a senior from Longwy, France, moved to 6-0 on the season and leads GCU in singles wins. He picked up a 6-2, 7-5 win over Belmont and a 6-1, 6-2 win over Lipscomb. The Lopes defeated Belmont and Lipscomb 5-2 and 6-1, respectively.
Drazic, a sophomore from Belgrade, Serbia, won all three singles matches this weekend. She defeated opponents from North Dakota, 6-4, 6-2, and Illinois-Chicago 6-1, 6-4. She also clinched the team match against UW-Milwaukee winning 6-2, 6-2.
Lang, a junior from Mulhouse, France, and Novak, a freshman from Prostejov, Czech Republic, earned two doubles wins. The pair defeated Belmont 6-4 and Lipscomb 6-1. They advance to 4-1 on the season.
Putz, a freshman from Munich, Germany, and Sasaroga, a freshman from Gothenberg, Sweden, improved to 3-0 over the weekend. The pair earned wins against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 6-0, and Lamar, 6-2. Both wins clinched points for UTRGV.
Other male singles nominees: UT Rio Grande Valley's Zane Kohrs earned his first win of the season against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 6-4, 6-1.    
Other female singles nominees: Grand Canyon's Martina Lo Pumo earned her second singles win of the season against Colorado State… Katie Fries of Kansas City picked up her first win of the season from the No. 1 spot… NM State's Lindsay Harlas won back-to-back matches as the Aggies split the weekend against Northern Arizona and Utah State…Kyra Jung of Seattle U earned a 6-2, 6-0 win over Portland… UT Rio Grande Valley's Dominique Ibarra won in her first two matches of the spring against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Lamar.
Other male doubles nominees: Kansas City's Ben Stride and Diego Giraldo snagged their second win of the year over a duo from Oral Roberts… Zane Kohrs and Clement Sarradin of UT Rio Grande Valley earned the only doubles win for UTRGV against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. 
Other female doubles nominees: Katarina Drazic and Diana Borodina of Chicago State went 3-0 over the weekend against North Dakota, UW-Milwaukee, and Illinois-Chicago… Kansas City's Katie Fries and Thanushree Vale posted their second win of the season in the No. 3 spot… Hannah Gianan and Kyra Jung of Seattle U won 6-1 over Portland.
Chicago State won twice over North Dakota and Milwaukee both by a score of 6-1.
The Lopes lost 1-6 against Colorado State. Martina Lo Pumo was the only point GCU was able to secure. She won 7-6, 2-6, 10-7.
Kansas City won easily over Omaha, 6-1. The Roos swept doubles to earn the point before winning all but one of the singles matches. Katie Fries and Thea Dassy both won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4 and 6-4, 6-0, respectively. Yana Grechkina, Riddhi Sharma, and Grace Ball also earned wins in singles.
The Aggies finished the week 1-1 losing to Northern Arizona 2-4 but defeating Utah State 4-3. Lindsay Harlas and Quinty Janssen both won their singles against NAU. Harlas won from the No. 2 spot 0-6, 6-1, 6-3 and Janssen won in the No. 6 slot by forfeit. NM State grinded out a win over Utah State. They won the doubles point after Harlas and Rebecca Keijzerwaard and Chloe Gavino and Yadira Rubio both secured wins. Singles were split 3-3 with Keijzerwaard, Harlas, and Harsha Challa earning victories.
Seattle U lost to Portland 1-6. Kyra Jung and Hannah Gianan won their doubles match 6-1 but it wasn't enough as Portland stole the other two. Jung also won her singles match 6-2, 6-0 for the Redhawks single point.
UTRGV narrowly defeated Lamar 4-3. They swept the doubles matches and finished singles 3-3. Dominique Ibarra won in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 while Marine Darzyan and Nethmi Waduge also earned victories.
The 2019 WAC Men's and Women's Tennis Tournaments will be hosted by UT Rio Grande Valley on April 26-28 in Brownsville, Texas. All six teams will compete in the Tournament as the first round will be No. 4 seed against No. 5 seed and No. 3 seed takes on No. 6 seed. No. 1 and No. 2 seeds earn a ticket straight to the semifinals. The winner of the tournament will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament as the WAC representative. The reigning tournament champion is NM State as they defeated NM State 4-0 in the Championship match last year.
The 2019 Tennis National Championships will take place in Orlando, Fla. at the USTA National Campus Collegiate Center on May 16-25.