Big South Announces Men's Tennis Players of the Week


CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( - Coastal Carolina junior Yusuke Kusuda (Chikushino, Japan) has been selected as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men's Tennis Player of the Week, while Liberty's Wayne Harrell (East Windsor, Conn.) has been named The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week for matches played Feb. 27-March 4, it was announced today by the League office.

Kusuda posted wins at No. 1 doubles and No. 3 singles in the Chanticleers' 5-2 win over Conference foe Campbell last week.  He paired up with Matias Di Pasquale to top Josep Baro and Adrien Rossignon, 9-8, before earning the win against David Clavera, 6-0, 6-3.  Kusuda moves to 7-0 this season at the No. 3 singles position.

Harrell finished a perfect 2-0 in singles play to help Liberty to a 2-0 record last week.  Against No. 64 Oklahoma State on Feb. 28, he defeated Adolfo Aires in a come-from-behind win (4-6, 6-4, 6-4) to clinch the 4-3 victory for the Flames.  Harrell got his week started with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Oral Roberts' Nathaniel Avery at No. 4 singles as Liberty swept the Golden Eagles.

Also nominated for Men's Tennis Player of the Week: Adrien Rossignon (Campbell), Nathan Crocker (Presbyterian College) and Nadav Ruppin (Winthrop).

Also nominated for Men's Tennis Freshman of the Week: Garik Yedigarian (Coastal Carolina), Brendan Dempsey (Gardner-Webb) and Rich Meade (Winthrop).

2012 Men's Tennis Players of the Week
Jan. 19 - Thomas Dehaen, Radford
Jan. 25 - Nick Sayer, Radford
Feb. 1 - Leo Christofides, Coastal Carolina
Feb. 8 - Danny Heidecker, Coastal Carolina
Feb. 14 - Giancarlo Lemmi, Liberty
Feb. 22 - Fernando Guillen, Campbell
Feb. 28 - Nick Sayer, Radford

2012 Men's Tennis Freshmen of the Week
Jan. 19 - Patrick O'Keefe, Radford
Jan. 25 - Adrian Rossignon, Campbell
Feb. 1 - Dylan Comerford, Winthrop
Feb. 8 - Ernest Alberch, Gardner-Webb
Feb. 14 - Wayne Harrell, Liberty
Feb. 22 - Garik Yedigarian, Coastal Carolina
Feb. 28 - Patrick O'Keefe, Radford