Big South Announces Women's Tennis Players of the Week


CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( - Winthrop sophomore Andressa Garcia (Sao Paulo, Brazil) has been selected as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Women's Tennis Player of the Week, while Liberty's Nicola Wellman (Spring Hill, Fla.) has been named The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week for matches played March 26-April 1, it was announced today by the League office.

Garcia finished the week with a perfect 2-0 record at both No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles, leading the Eagles to two Conference victories.  She started her week pairing up with Yasmine Alkema to defeat Cameron Richard and Brittany Yang, 8-5, before topping Richard in singles, 6-2, 6-3, as Winthrop swept Liberty.  On April 1 vs. Radford, Garcia teamed up with Alkema to take down Mia Drobnjak and Taylor Newman, 8-4, while also earning a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Hannah Crawford in singles.

Wellman posted three wins in singles and one win in doubles to help Liberty to a 4-1 record last week.  She got her week started with a pair of victories against Morgan State, taking No. 2 doubles, 8-2, before winning at No. 3 singles, 7-5, 6-1.  Two days later in the 7-0 win vs. Norfolk State, Wellman topped Maryna Kariuk, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 4 singles.  In the 4-3 Conference win over Campbell, Wellman defeated Anais Gomar, 7-5, 6-3, in the No. 6 position.

Also nominated for Women's Tennis Player of the Week: Diana Mortlock (Coastal Carolina), Erica White (Gardner-Webb) and Cameron Richard (Liberty).

Also nominated for Women's Tennis Freshman of the Week: Katie Fosnacht (Coastal Carolina), Alice Hopkins (Gardner-Webb), Meg Napolitano (Radford) and Monica Aguado (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
Feb. 28 - Tamara Stanic, Campbell
March 5 - Miki Bunea, Coastal Carolina
March 13 - Mia Drobnjak, Radford
March 20 - Alexandra Walters, Charleston Southern
March 27 - Yasmine Alkema, Winthrop

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
March 27 - Katie Fosnacht, Coastal Carolina