Creighton Takes Both BIG EAST Weekly Tennis Awards

Creighton's Billy Paluch

Creighton's Billy Paluch

April 1, 2014

NEW YORK – After both compiled perfect 4-0 ledgers last week across singles and doubles play, the Creighton pair of Billy Paluch and Jennie Hartjes were named the BIG EAST Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week, respectively, on Tuesday.

BIG EAST Men’s Tennis Player of the Week
Paluch combined for a 4-0 mark last week, winning a pair of matches each at singles and doubles. Playing entirely at the top position in both, he picked up a 6-1, 6-2 singles victory over Portland State’s Kacper Stelmaszak and followed it up with a 6-3, 6-0 triumph against Chicago State’s Mario Noboa. Paluch and teammate Jake Norman were also victorious twice at No. 1 doubles in those contests. The Bluejays went 1-1 on the week, including a 6-1 victory over Chicago State.

BIG EAST Women’s Tennis Player of the Week
Like Paluch, Hartjes was 4-0 at both singles and doubles during a 1-1 week for her team. She opened the weekend with a 6-1, 6-1 victory against Jieke Stroobant of Northern Iowa before defeating South Dakota State’s Florencia Magni 6-1, 6-0, to complete her perfect singles week. Hartjes and Katherine Nelsen also went 2-0 in doubles, taking victories of 8-4 and 8-3.

BIG EAST Notebook

• Georgetown freshman Victoire Saperstein continued her strong play at No. 1 singles by winning her third consecutive match at the top spot, beating Taylor Pinchoff of James Madison 6-2, 7-5. Since moving into the No. 1 position in late February, Saperstein has a 5-2 record.

• Marquette senior Dan Mamalat went 3-1 in singles and doubles in weekend wins against Green Bay and Xavier. His straight-set win at No. 1 singles clinched the team victory against BIG EAST rival the Musketeers.



• The Marquette women’s team swept BIG EAST foes Xavier and Butler. The No. 1 doubles pairing of senior Rocio Diaz and sophomore Erin Gebes led the Golden Eagles to a 7-0 blanking of Butler with an 8-3 win. The duo is now 12-5 on the season. Junior Ali Dawson added wins at No. 2 and 3 singles.

• Led by the strong play of freshman Anna Morozova at No. 2 singles, the St. John’s women’s team went to 2-0 in BIG EAST conference play this season by beating Providence. Morozova is 8-4 on the season.

• The St. John’s men’s team beat nationally ranked Yale 4-3 behind the duo of sophomore R.J. Del Nunzio and freshman Robert Livi. Livi won a team high ninth match at No. 5 singles in a third-set tiebreaker and Del Nunzio rallied to also win in three sets at No. 2 singles.

• Xavier freshman Sydney Liggins was a bright spot in a tight 4-3 loss to BIG EAST rival Marquette. Liggins went 2-0 at No. 1 singles and doubles. Liggins beat Ana Pimienta 6-3 6-2 and then teamed with sophomore Alex Brinker to win in doubles. Liggins is 3-1 at No. 1 singles and 12-4 overall in dual singles matches.

• Seton Hall sophomore Julia Keenan ran her singles record to 9-0 in the month of March by beating Lucy Nutting of Connecticut 6-4, 6-2 at No. 4 singles. She also teamed with Madison Shoemaker to win at 2nd doubles. However, it was not enough as the Pirates lost the match 4-3.