Big South Announces Women's Tennis Players of the Week


CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( - Winthrop junior Yasmine Alkema (Algiers, Algeria) has been selected as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Women's Tennis Player of the Week, while Coastal Carolina's Katie Fosnacht (Blythewood, S.C.) has been named The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week for matches played March 19-25, it was announced today by the League office.

Alkema posted a 3-0 record in No. 1 singles and a 2-1 mark at No. 1 doubles last week for the Eagles.  She got her week started with a three-set victory over Marshall's Dominika Zaprazana on March 19.  Two days later in the Conference win over Gardner-Webb, Alkema and Andressa Garcia defeated Ioana Oprea and Jenny Lunde, 8-1, before Alkema topped Erica White, 7-5, 7-5.  On March 23 vs. Conference foe Charleston Southern, Alkema teamed up with Garcia to take down Olga Makhova and Marija Dzakovic, 8-2, while also earning a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Makhova in singles.

Fosnacht tallied three wins in singles and one win in doubles to help Coastal to a 2-1 record last week.  She got her week started with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Natasha Afridi in the No. 3 position as Coastal defeated Campbell, 4-3.  On March 23 vs. Cornell, Fosnacht paired up with Mikaela Kristofersson to defeat Christine Ordway and Gabby Sullivan, 8-5, before earning a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Lauren Frazier in the No. 4 spot.  Fosnacht also topped Li Linden at No. 4 singles, 6-0, 6-1, in the 6-1 win over Chicago.

Also nominated for Women's Tennis Player of the Week: Alia Nour (Charleston Southern), Katie Fosnacht (Coastal Carolina) and Alexandra Sheeran (Liberty).

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 13 - Mia Drobnjak, Radford
March 20 - Alexandra Walters, Charleston Southern

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 13 - Hannah Crawford, Radford
March 20 - Ekin Gunaysu, Winthrop