Feb. 11, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Creighton and Marquette picked up weekly tennis honors from the BIG EAST on Tuesday. Creighton junior Jennie Hartjes was named the Women’s Tennis Player of the Week, while Marquette senior Dan Mamalat earned the same honor on the men’s side.
A highlight of last week’s competition was a match played between BIG EAST foes on the women’s side as St. John’s took on Georgetown. The Red Storm captured a 5-2 victory.
BIG EAST Men’s Tennis Player of the Week
DAN MAMALAT, MARQUETTE Sr., Philadelphia, Pa.
Mamalat went a perfect 4-0 over the weekend as Marquette split a pair of close matches against Ivy League opponents. In doubles play, he teamed up with Vukasin Teofanovic at No. 1 for a 6-4 victory against Princeton and a 6-1 triumph versus Penn. In singles play, Mamalat won 6-5, 6-5 at No. 2 singles over Thomas Colauitti of Princeton on Saturday and posted a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 1 over Penn’s Nikola Kocovic. The Golden Eagles fell 4-3 to the Tigers on Saturday and bounced back with Sunday’s 5-2 win over Penn.
BIG EAST Women’s Tennis Player of the Week
BIG EAST Notebook
JENNIE HARTJES, CREIGHTON Jr., Woodbury, Minn.
Hartjes went 4-0 over the weekend as the Bluejays posted a 2-0 record as a team to build some momentum in the early spring. She earned a pair of singles victories at the No. 1 flight, picking up a 7-5, 6-1 win on Saturday against North Dakota’s Stephanie Petsis before Sunday’s 6-0, 6-1 triumph versus Western Illinois’ Jenna Wallace. Hartjes and doubles partner Katherine Nelson also picked up two victories over the weekend, 6-2 on Saturday against North Dakota and 6-0 on Sunday versus Western Illinois. The Bluejays took Saturday’s match on Saturday 4-3 and posted a 7-0 win on Sunday.
• Senior Khrystyna Pavlyuk went 2-0 at No. 1 singles last weekend for St. John’s in wins over BIG EAST rival Georgetown and Maryland. She won the clincher 6-1, 7-5 against the Hoyas on Friday in a 5-2 triumph and accounted for the match-tying point in the eventual 4-3 victory over the Terrapins on Sunday. Pavlyuk and Diamond Adams went 1-1 at No. 1 doubles over the weekend.
• The DePaul women, ranked No. 74 in the latest ITA rankings released in late January, gutted out a pair of 4-3 wins over the weekend against No. 72 Oregon and Iowa.
• Georgetown freshman Victoire Saperstein defeated St. John’s Yanita Arnaudove 6-4, 6-1, for one of two singles victories for the Hoyas in the match against their BIG EAST foes on Friday.
• Junior Sam O’Neill earned a come-from-behind victory at No. 2 singles in Butler’s 7-0 win over Bradley on Saturday. He took the match 4-6, 6-5, 6-2. He also teamed with Billy Weldon for a 6-4 doubles win.
• The Georgetown men dropped a pair over the weekend, falling 5-2 to No. 65 Yale and 4-3 to Bryant. Junior Shane Korber teamed with Casey Distaso for a 6-5 win at No. 1 doubles that gave the Hoyas the early 1-0 lead. Korber also rallied for a three-set win at No. 2 singles against Bryant.
• This week’s schedule begins with the Butler men hosting Indianapolis on Wednesday at 3 p.m. The Villanova and Marquette men are slated for action on Thursday, while 20 matches are scheduled from Friday-Sunday.