Big South Announces Women's Tennis Players of the Week


CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( - Coastal Carolina senior Diana Mortlock (Dordrecht, South Africa) has been selected as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Women's Tennis Player of the Week, while Campbell's Tamara Stanic (Budva, Montenegro) has been named The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week for matches played April 9-15, it was announced today by the League office.

Mortlock finished the week with a perfect 4-0 record at both No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles, leading the Chanticleers to a 3-1 record.  Her and partner Miki Bunea started the week off with an 8-5 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette, before she topped Erin Wilbert in singles, 6-2, 6-0.  A day later vs. Charleston Southern, Mortlock and Bunea swept Alexandra Walters and Yvonne Hubler, while also earning a 7-6, 6-4 victory over Angelica Sidorenko in singles.  In the 7-0 sweep over East Carolina, Mortlock and Bunea earned the doubles point with an 8-1 win, and then took the singles point over Renata Bakieva, 6-4, 6-2.  She ended her week by topping Emily McNall and Christin Boissevain, 8-1, before knocking off Amryn Soldier, 6-1, 6-1.

Stanic went 2-0 at No. 3 singles and 1-1 at No. 2 doubles to help the Fighting Camels to a 2-0 record last week.  In the 6-1 win over Presbyterian College, she paired up with Katya Yegoreychenko to knock off Lindsay Krause and Cara Caruso, 8-4, while defeating Greer Ransom in singles, 6-0, 6-2.  Against UNC Charlotte on April 13, Stanic earned a three-set victory against Natsuko Takayanagi, 6-4, 5-7, 10-5.

Also nominated for Women's Tennis Player of the Week: Natasha Afridi (Campbell), Olga Makhova (Charleston Southern), Paige Oelke (Presbyterian College) and Sandra Herrera (Winthrop).

Also nominated for Women's Tennis Freshman of the Week: Yvonne Hubler (Charleston Southern), Katie Fosnacht (Coastal Carolina) 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
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
April 3 - Andressa Garcia, Winthrop
April 10 - Petra Dajevic, 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 13 - Hannah Crawford, Radford
March 20 - Ekin Gunaysu, Winthrop
March 27 - Katie Fosnacht, Coastal Carolina
April 3 - Nicola Wellman, Liberty
April 10 - Alice Hopkins, Gardner-Webb