Big South Announces Women's Tennis Players of the Week


CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( - Campbell freshman Tamara Stanic (Budva, Montenegro) has been selected as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Women's Tennis Player of the Week, while Radford's Gemma Valls (Barcelona, Spain) has been named The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week for matches played Feb. 20-26, it was announced today by the League office.

Stanic went 3-0 in singles in the No. 2 spot and 2-1 in No. 2 doubles to help the Camels to a 3-0 record last week.  In the 5-2 win over East Carolina on Feb. 22, Stanic paired up with Katya Yegoreychenko to top Natalie Collins and Dana Gray (8-3) before defeating Renata Bakieva, 7-5, 6-3.  Two days later in the 4-3 win over USC Upstate, she and Yegoreychenko posted a win in doubles (8-5) against Maria Tonani and Hannah Al-Sakati, and then swept Julie Bell, 6-4, 6-1.  In the League match-up against UNC Asheville on Feb. 25, Stanic defeated Emily McNall (6-1, 6-1) as Campbell beat Asheville 5-2.

Valls posted a 2-0 record in both No. 4 singles and No. 3 doubles last week as Radford beat Conference foes Presbyterian and Gardner-Webb.  Against the Blue Hose on Feb. 25, she paired up with Petra Dajevic to defeat Cara Caruso and Lindsey Krause (8-2), and then topped Caroline deLoach, 6-3, 6-2.  In the 4-3 victory over Gardner-Webb on Feb. 26, Valls and Dajevic beat Ronia Hutterli and Erica White (8-5), before Valls defeated Jenny Lunde, 6-2, 6-4.

Also nominated for Women's Tennis Player of the Week: Miki Bunea (Coastal Carolina), Patricia Alves (Presbyterian College) and Ekin Gunaysu (Winthrop).

Also nominated for Women's Tennis Freshman of the Week: Alice Hopkins (Gardner-Webb) and Ekin Gunaysu (Winthrop).

2012 Women's Tennis Players of the Week
Jan. 19 - Andressa Garcia, Winthrop
Jan. 25 - Giovanna Portioli, Winthrop
Feb. 1 - Yasmine Alkema, Winthrop
Feb. 8 - Alexandra Sheeran, Liberty
Feb. 14 - Rebekah Jenkins, Liberty
Feb. 22 - Erica White, Gardner-Webb

2012 Women's Tennis Freshmen of the Week
Jan. 19 - Monica Aguado, Winthrop
Jan. 25 - Ekin Gunaysu, Winthrop
Feb. 1 - Katie Fosnacht, Coastal Carolina
Feb. 8 - Hannah Crawford, Radford
Feb. 14 - Katie Fosnacht, Coastal Carolina
Feb. 22 - Alice Hopkins, Gardner-Webb