Feb. 19, 2013
IRVING, Texas -
Memphis' LIZA TYMCHENKO and ALEJANDRO ESPEJO of Tulsa have been named Conference USA Tennis Athletes of the Week. Tymechenko posted two come-from-behind victories to help Memphis defeat two nationally-ranked opponents last weekend. Espejo also posted his fourth straight singles win with identical 6-4 set scores against Mike Ward of No. 51 Arkansas Friday.
C-USA TENNIS WEEKLY AWARDS
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
LIZA TYMCHENKO, MEMPHIS
Sophomore / Kharkov, Ukraine
Tymchenko posted two come-from-behind victories at No. 3 singles to help Memphis defeat two nationally-ranked opponents last weekend. Her three-set victory, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0, over Ivana Kubickova helped the Tigers defeat No. 42 Kansas State, 4-2, its highest-ranked opponent in program history. The Kharkov, Ukraine native kept Memphis alive against No. 70 Columbia by cutting the Lady Tigers' deficit to 3-2 with a must-win match against No. 109 Kanika Vaidya. Tymchenko lost the first set 7-6 but regrouped to capture the final two sets, 6-3, 6-4. Memphis won 4-3 and Tymchenko picked up her third win over a ranked opponent. With the victories, she improved her overall record to 18-6. This is her first C-USA Female Athlete of the Week honor for the season and career.
MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
ALEJANDRO ESPEJO, TULSA
Sophomore / Granada, Spain
Espejo won his fourth straight singles match with identical 6-4 set scores at No. 3 singles against Mike Ward of No. 51 Arkansas Friday. Tulsa came back after losing the doubles point to defeat the Razorbacks, 6-1. This is his first C-USA Men's Athlete of the Week honor for the season and career.
2013 MEN'S AND WOMEN'S TENNIS ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
January 22 Carlos Lopez Villa, Old Dominion
January 29 Matt Frost, Southern Miss
February 5 Clifford Marsland, Tulsa
February 12 Carlos Lopez Villa, Old Dominion
February 19 Alejandro Espejo, Tulsa
January 22 Courtney Collins, Memphis
January 29 Dominique Harmath, Rice
February 5 Samantha Vickers, Tulsa
February 12 Genevieve Lorbergs, UCF
February 19 Liza Tymchenko, Memphis