Big South Announces Women's Tennis Players of the Week


CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( – Coastal Carolina’s Miki Bunea has been named the Big South Choice Hotels Women’s Tennis Player of the Week, while Winthrop’s Giovanna Portiolli has been named The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week for matches played the final week of the regular season, it was announced today by the Conference office. 

Bunea, a sophomore from Bucharest, Romania, was a perfect combined 4-0 last week, helping the Chanticleers win a pair of Conference matches and secure the No. 3 seed for the upcoming Big South Women’s Tennis Championship.  Playing at the No. 2 singles, Bunea defeated Presbyterian College’s Olivia McMillan in straight sets and then rallied on the road at Gardner-Webb with a three-set win over Ioana Oprea, 0-6, 6-3, 10-5.  Pairing with Lexi Bolesky at No. 1 doubles, the duo posted two 8-6 victories against PC and Gardner-Webb as part of the team victories. 

Portiolli, a freshman from Curitiba, Brazil, won her two singles matches last week without dropping a set, including winning two of the four sets without losing a single game.  In doubles, Portiolli and her partner Sandra Herrera also posted victories in their two matches last week.  The duo finished the season unbeaten in Conference play after their 8-5 win over Liberty’s Carol Lobel and Nadia Solomon-Burgess and extended their doubles winning-streak to 14 matches.