Feb. 28, 2012
IRVING, Texas -
For the second consecutive week, Tulsa junior Clifford Marsland has been named Conference USA Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week while Courtney Collins of Memphis captures the women's weekly honor. Marsland's victories came over No. 58 Mousheg Hovhannisyan of No. 13 Pepperdine and UAB's David Zimmerman. Collins went 2-0 last week at the No. 1 singles position for the Tigers. She knocked off No. 9 Chelsey Gullickson of Georgia, who won the 2010 NCAA Women's Singles Champion, and defeated 31st-ranked Jackie Wu of Vanderbilt in straight sets.
C-USA TENNIS WEEKLY AWARDS
MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
CLIFFORD MARSLAND, TULSA
Junior / Perth, Australia
Marsland won both his singles matches last weekend in straight sets. He began the week with a 6-4, 6-3 upset triumph over No. 58 Mousheg Hovhannisyan of No. 13 Pepperdine. He also opened Conference USA action with a 6-3, 6-2 win over UAB's David Zimmerman on the second court. Marsland and senior Ashley Watling comprise the No. 3 doubles tandem in the nation, and they defeated UAB's Zimmerman and Tom Puetz 8-6 as TU swept the doubles point over the Blazers. Marsland is currently ranked No. 63 in the nation in singles, and he is currently on a season-best four-match win streak. This is his second consecutive Tennis Athlete of the Week honor and is third for his career. Tulsa has captured five-straight weekly awards this season.
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
2012 MEN'S AND WOMEN'S TENNIS ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
COURTNEY COLLINS, MEMPHIS
Junior / Fulton, Miss.
Collins went 2-0 last week at the No. 1 singles position for the Tigers. The 73rd-ranked singles player upset a pair of top-40 opponents. On Friday, she rebounded from a first set loss to knock off Georgia's Chelsey Gullickson, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (9-7), who is the ninth-ranked netter in the country and was the 2010 NCAA Women's Singles Champion. On Sunday, Collins continued her individual success, defeating No. 31 Jackie Wu of Vanderbilt in straight sets, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3. This is Collin's first weekly honor this season and second of her career.
January 24 Jorge Blasco, UCF
January 31 Ashley Watling, Tulsa
February 7 Ashley Watling, Tulsa
February 14 Tristan Jackson, Tulsa
February 21 Clifford Marsland, Tulsa
February 28 Clifford Marsland, Tulsa
January 24 Samantha Vickers, Tulsa
January 31 Anastasia Erofeeva, Tulsa
February 7 Emma Levy, Tulane
February 14 Natalie Beazant, Rice
February 21 Natalie Beazant, Rice
February 28 Courtney Collins, Memphis