Big South Announces Women's Tennis Players of the Week


CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( - Radford senior Mia Drobnjak (Zagreb, Croatia) has been selected as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Women's Tennis Player of the Week, while teammate Hannah Crawford (Winchester, Hampshire UK) has been named The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week for matches played March 5-11, it was announced today by the League office.

Drobnjak posted a 4-0 record in No. 3 singles and a 3-1 mark at No. 1 doubles to help the Highlanders to a 4-0 record last week.  She began her week with a straight-set victory over Charlotte Cote of Nova Southeastern after pairing up with Taylor Newman to take the doubles match over Austin Lavalli and Alexandra Johansson, 8-2.  On March 8 vs. Evansville, Drobnjak took the point in a third-set victory over Natasha James, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.  The next day against South Dakota, she and Newman teamed up to top Shadi Soleymani and Alena Sergeychik, 8-4, before defeating Soleymani in singles, 6-4, 7-6.  In the 7-0 sweep of North Dakota, Drobnjak and Newman defeated Stephanie Petsis and Stephanie Biehn, 8-3.  She then swept Megan Sween, 6-0, 6-2.

Crawford recorded three wins at the No. 2 singles position and four victories from No. 2 doubles last week.  On March 6, she paired up with Meg Napolitano to defeat Daria Burobina and Frederica Longo of Nova Southeastern, 9-7, before topping Dominique Wimmer in straight sets.  Two days later against Evansville, Crawford and Napolitano knocked off Emily Richardson and Kelsey Costales, 8-6.  Crawford then took down Aleksandra Dzakula in three sets, 6-4, 5-7, 12-10.  On March 9 vs. South Dakota, she and Napolitano defeated Michelle Elkin and Nina Barudzic, 8-4, before she topped Alena Sergeychik in another third-set victory, 5-7, 7-6, 10-2.  Crawford rounded out her week by defeating Megan Sween and Sarah Stejskal of North Dakota, 8-4, before topping Stephanie Biehn, 6-2, 6-1.

Also nominated for Women's Tennis Player of the Week: Marija Dzakovic (Charleston Southern), Erica White (Gardner-Webb), Paige Oelke (Presbyterian College) and Yasmine Alkema (Winthrop).

Also nominated for Women's Tennis Freshman of the Week: Alice Hopkins (Gardner-Webb), Brittany Yang (Liberty) and Greer Ransom (Presbyterian College).

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
Feb. 28 - Tamara Stanic, Campbell
March 5 - Miki Bunea, Coastal Carolina

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
Feb. 28 - Gemma Valls, Radford
March 5 - Katie Fosnacht, Coastal Carolina