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TicketSmarter WAC Tennis Women’s and Men’s Athletes of the Week Announced

TicketSmarter WAC Tennis Women’s and Men’s Athletes of the Week Announced

ARLINGTON, Texas – UTRGV’s women’s singles player Isabelle Bahr and women’s doubles team Isabelle Bahr and Yaiza Vazquez have been named the TicketSmarter Western Athletic Conference Women’s Tennis Players of the Week. Grand Canyon’s men’s singles playerMartim Marujo and UTRGV’s men’s doubles team of Emilien Burnel and Sam Whitehead have been named the TicketSmarter Western Athletic Conference Men’s Tennis Players of the Week, for the competition week ending on Jan. 23. 

Bahr, a junior from Redding, CA went 1-1 as UTRGV opened the season with a pair of challenging matches against Baylor, a team receiving votes in the ITA preseason poll, and Houston. Bahr was defeated 6-3, 6-1 by Alina Shcherbinina at No. 1 in the season opener. Bahr then bounced back to earn a gritty 6-2, 7-6 (10-8) win over Elena Trencheva (UH) at No. 2.  

Bahr, a junior from Redding, CA, and Vazquez, a freshman from Alpedrete, Madrid, Spain, went 1-1 as UTRGV opened the season with a pair of challenging matches against Baylor, a team receiving votes in the ITA preseason poll, and Houston. They competed well but fell 6-4 to BU’s Brooke Thompson/Lauren Littell at No. 3, then picked up a solid 6-4 win over Azul Pedemonti/Maria Dzemeshkevich (UH) at No. 3, closing the match strong to go from down 2-4 to winning 6-4. 

Marujo, a sophomore from Santarem, Portugal, went 1-1 in matches against UC Santa Barbara and Portland State on last week. Marujo, loss to UC Santa Barbara’s Phillip Jordan with scores of 4-6 and 3-6. On day two of competition, Marujo bounced back with a victory over Portland State’s Ashley Brignacca with scores of 6-2, 6-7 and 10-8.  

Burnel, a junior from La Teste-De-Bush, France, and Whitehead, a sophomore from Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, went 2-0 playing as UTRGV’s No. 1 doubles team last week. They beat Daniel Matheu Baldor and Alvaro Soler from St. Mary’s 6-2 and Joaquin Bianchi and Gonzalo Fernandez Gil from UT Tyler 6-1. Bianchi and Fernandez are the No. 6 ranked doubles team in DII by the ITA. UTRGV closed the week at SMU, and though their match went unfinished as SMU clinched the doubles point, Burnel and Whitehead were tied 5-5 against Adam Neff and Pranav Kumar at No. 1. 

2022 TicketSmarter WAC Tennis Weekly Awards 

WAC Women's Tennis Singles Player of the Week 
Isabelle Bahr, UTRGV (Jan. 24)  

WAC Women's Tennis Doubles Players of the Week 
Isabelle Bahr and Yaiza Vazquez, UTRGV (Jan. 24) 

WAC Men's Tennis Singles Player of the Week 
Martim Marujo, Grand Canyon (Jan. 24) 

WAC Men's Tennis Doubles Players of the Week 
Emilien Burnel and Borna Devald, UTRGV (Jan. 24) 

 

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