March 17, 2009
March 17 C-USA Tennis Players of the Week
IRVING, Texas – Tulsa’s Arnau Brugues, the third-ranked singles player in the nation, went 4-0 at No. 1 singles last week with three wins over natioanly-ranked opponents to claim this week’s Conference USA Men’s Tennis Player of the Week honor. He dowend top-ranked Robert Farah of USC on Monday and also earned wins against No. 81 Dean Jackson of San Diego and No. 119 Pedro Zerbini of California. Christy Core of UCF is the Women’s Tennis Player of the Week. Core helped UCF to three wins last week, including a 4-3 win over leauge foe Tulane.
MEN’S TENNIS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (3/17)
ARNAU BRUGUES – Tulsa
Sr., Barcelona, Spain (Univ. of Barcelona)
Brugues, the third-ranked player in the nation, went 4-0 in No. 1 singles picking up three wins over nationally-ranked opponents last week. Brugues defeated top-ranked Robert Farah of Southern California, 6-3, 6-2, on March 16, and earned a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, win against No. 81 Dean Jackson of San Diego on March 10. He also picked up a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, win over No. 119 Pedro Zerbini of California on March 14 and added a 6-3, 6-4, win over Michigan State’s John Allare on March 13. His win against Jackson moved him into first place on Tulsa’s all-time career singles wins list. Brugues also went 2-2 at No.1 doubles with partner Philip Stephens. The nation’s third-ranked doubles team earned wins over San Diego’s Chris Coetzee and Charl Wolmarans (8-2) and Michigan State’s John Allare and Jason Norville (8-2). Their only losses came against No. 4 Robert Farah and Seve Johnson of USC (8-3) and No. 7 Geoff Chizever and Pedro Zerbini of California (8-6). The weekly honor is the fourth for the Brugues in 2009 and the 11th of his career. The 11 career honors are second all-time for a C-USA Men’s Tennis Player (13 – Michael Kogan, Tulane) and are the fifth-most career honors among all C-USA sports.
WOMEN’S TENNIS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (3/17)
CHRISTY CORE – UCF
Fr., Charlotte, N.C. (Covenant Day)
Core was undefeated in singles and doubles action last week. Against Tulane, Core proved to be the difference in the match when she battled back after dropping the first set 7-5 against Caroline Gerber before putting her away 6-1, 6-1, at the No. 5 line to clinch a 4-3 victory for the Knights. In doubles play, Core and junior Katie Orletsky provided the Knights with their only doubles win, winning 8-4. During a 7-0 win against Southern, Core cruised 6-0, 6-1, over Bethlehem Workeneh. Agianst Penn State, the duo of Core and Orletsky clinched their victory against Leyla Morzan and Marai Prishlyak in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (7). Then at No. 5 singles, Core breezed by Maria Prishlyak, 6-4, 6-3, to begin singles play for the Knights, who went on to hand the Nittany Lions a 5-2 loss. This is Core’s first career honor.