Big South Announces Women's Tennis Players of the Week


CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( - Charleston Southern sophomore Alexandra Walters (Adelaide, Australia) has been selected as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Women's Tennis Player of the Week, while Winthrop's Ekin Gunaysu (Ankara, Turkey) has been named The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week for matches played March 12-18, it was announced today by the League office.

Walters posted a 4-0 record in No. 5 singles and a 2-1 mark at No. 2 doubles to help Charleston Southern to a 4-0 record last week.  She got her week started with a straight-set victory over Samya El Hsissen of Troy on March 13.  On March 14 vs. Rutgers, she paired up with Yvonne Hubler to top Morgan Ivey and Lindsay Balsamo, 9-7, before edging Balsamo in singles, 6-3, 6-1.  In the 6-1 win over Conference foe Liberty, Walters and Hubler defeated Ally Sheeran and Rebekah Jenkins, 8-3, while also earning a straight-set win over Nicola Wellman.  Against College of Charleston on March 17, she came from behind to take down Jenny Falcone in three sets, 4-6, 6-4, 8-7 (14-12).

Gunaysu earned a win in No. 5 singles and No. 3 doubles as Winthrop blanked UNC Asheville on March 18.  She paired up with Monica Aguado to defeat Devon Cavanaugh and Amie Cloer, 8-5, before topping Cavanaugh in singles, 6-1, 6-3.  She also picked up a singles win over Kristina Koprcina of Marshall, 7-5, 6-3.

Also nominated for Women's Tennis Player of the Week: Miki Bunea (Coastal Carolina), Ioana Oprea (Gardner-Webb), Rebekah Jenkins (Liberty) and Yasmine Alkema (Winthrop).

Also nominated for Women's Tennis Freshman of the Week: Katie Fosnacht (Coastal Carolina), Alice Hopkins (Gardner-Webb), Nicola Wellman (Liberty) and Hannah Crawford (Radford).

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
March 12 - Mia Drobnjak, Radford

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
March 12 - Hannah Crawford, Radford