Jan. 21, 2014
NEW YORK – A senior and a freshman captured the first BIG EAST weekly tennis honors of the 2014 spring on Tuesday as DePaul’s Kelsey Lawson was named Women’s Player of the Week and Georgetown’s Jack Murphy earned the Men’s Player of the Week nod. With the spring schedule ramping up as January closes, teams are eager to get rolling as the BIG EAST Tennis Championships lurk three months away at the U.S. National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.
BIG EAST Men’s Tennis Player of the Week
JACK MURPHY, GEORGETOWN Fr., Coronado, Calif.
Murphy went 2-0 for the Hoyas at the VCU 4-1 Invitational in Richmond, Va., on Friday. A freshman, Murphy logged Georgetown’s lone victory against the 31st-ranked host Rams with a 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Jack Svensson at No. 4 singles before adding a 6-1, 6-3 win over Campbell’s Jean-Marc Krone, also at No. 4 singles, to finish the weekend 2-0. Georgetown split the team scores, losing 4-1 to VCU before beating Campbell 4-1 to finish out Friday’s schedule.
BIG EAST Women’s Tennis Player of the Week
KELSEY LAWSON, DePAUL Sr., Tempe, Ariz.
Lawson, DePaul’s lone senior this spring, went 3-0 over the weekend at the Northwestern Wildcat Winter Classic. She opened the weekend by defeating No. 68 Erin Routliffe of Alabama. After dropping the first set, Lawson rallied for a 2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (5) victory. She added a straight-sets win over Iowa’s Shelby Talcott on Saturday, 6-2, 6-2, and won 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (7) over Northwestern’s Nida Hamilton to finish competition on Sunday.
BIG EAST Notebook
• Georgetown senior Madeline Jaeger went 1-1 on the week and defeated Campbell’s Natasha Afridi 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 to clinch a 3-2 victory for the Hoyas over Campbell at the VCU 4-1 Invitational. It was the second straight year Jaeger had clinched Georgetown’s win over Campbell at the invite.
• Butler senior Stephanie McLoughlin started the spring with a pair of wins in the Bulldogs’ 7-0 sweep of Robert Morris (Ill.) on Saturday. She paired with teammate Kailey Eaton for a 6-1 win at No. 1 doubles, and posted a 6-1, 6-1 victory at the top singles flight to cap off a 2-0 day.
• A busy week is coming up. The Creighton women visit Nebraska at 5 p.m. in Tuesday’s only action, and BIG EAST newcomers Butler and Xavier visit Ohio State at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., respectively, on Wednesday in men’s action. Four matches are set for Friday, nine Saturday and five Sunday as the spring schedule kicks into full gear.