Feb. 27, 2008
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IRVING, Texas - Kseniia Tokarieva of SMU is the women's tennis Player of the Week after going undefeated in both singles and doubles against league foe Houston and Texas A&M Corpus Christi. The junior won both of her singels matches in straight sets.
WOMEN'S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK (2/26)
KSENIIA TOKARIEVA - SMU
Jr., Kiev, Ukraine (Mississippi)
Tokarieva went undefeated last weekend in both singles and doubles play. Against C-USA rival Houston, Tokarieva beat Leila Salek at No. 2 in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3. Sunday, Tokarieva dispatched Erika Iriarte of Texas A&M Corpus Christi, blanking her, 6-0, 6-0. As part of the 38th-ranked doubles pair in the country, Tokarieva paired with teammate Nicole Briceno to defeat Wasson/Kacprzyk of Houston, 8-3, and Iriarte/Dyckman of Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 8-2. The win at No. 2 doubles over TAMUCC clinched the doubles point for SMU. Tokarieva is 8-2 in singles and 8-1 in doubles in her first season with the Mustangs. This is the first C-USA weekly honor for the former All-SEC performer.
Conference USA will name a male and female tennis Athlete of the Week throughout the regular season. The weekly accolades are selected by the media relations department and announced every Tuesday throughout the season.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
J22 - Kellie Schmitt, Marshall
J29 - Kellie Schmitt, Marshall
F5 - Alexandra Kichoutkin, Tulsa
F12 - Natalia Bubien, SMU
F19 - Dominique Karas, Rice
Alexandra Kichoutkin, Tulsa
F26 - Kseniia Tokarieva, SMU
OTHER NOTABLE C-USA TENNIS PERFORMANCES
ISABELL RAICH - Marshall
Fr., Klaus, Austria
Raich won at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles in Marshall's win over Miami (Ohio) last weekend.
VARSHA SHIVA-SHANKAR - Rice
Fr., Banglador, India
Shiva-Shankar clinched a pair of doubles points for the Owls last weekend. She has won five of her last six singles matches at No. 6.
THALIA DIAZ-BARRIGA - Tulsa
Jr., Cordoba, Veracruz
Diaz-Barriga won both of her singles matches last weekend at the No. 2 spot against Louisiana-Lafayette and Texas A&M. She went 1-1 at No. 2 doubles.
JENNY FRISELL - UCF
Fr., Prolunda, Sweden
Frisell led UCF to a pair of wins last week, defeating North Florida, 6-1, and Jacksonville, 5-2, to help the Knights improve to 4-4. She now has 11 singles victories in 2007-08 and 12 doubles wins to her credit.
The Conference USA media relations staff will produce a weekly release each Tuesday throughout the season, including Athlete of the Week selections and updated standings. Complete league statistics and results will be updated daily throughout the season on the Conference website.
ON THE WEB
For the latest Conference USA tennis match recaps, scores, standings, stats and weekly notebooks please log on to the league's official website: www.ConferenceUSA.com