Freshmen Sweep BIG EAST Weekly Tennis Awards

Marquette's Nick Dykema

Marquette's Nick Dykema

April 17, 2014

NEW YORK – Two freshmen who are trying to make a name for themselves on the eve of the BIG EAST Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships swept the conference’s weekly tennis honors on Thursday. Marquette’s Nick Dykema picked up the Men’s Player of the Week nod while Xavier’s Sydney Liggins collected the same award on the women’s side.

BIG EAST Men’s Tennis Player of the Week
Head-to-head matches are an important factor in  determining seeds for the BIG EAST Tournament, and Dykema helped the Golden Eagles’ cause by gaining the clinching point in their 4-3 victory over DePaul last weekend. The rookie from Green Bay, Wis., capped off a Marquette comeback with a 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 win over Joshua Schramm. Dykema capped off an improbable comeback that saw the Golden Eagles erase a 3-1 deficit with three straight singles wins in the third set. The rookie was also victorious at No. 3 doubles with Cameron Tehrani.

BIG EAST Women’s Tennis Player of the Week
SYDNEY LIGGINS, XAVIER Fr., Caledonia, Mich.
Liggins was dominant for the Musketeers at No. 1 singles, going 3-0 on the week with two impressive wins over BIG EAST foes. After opening the week with a 6-0, 6-1 victory in the top flight against Wright State, she defeated Creighton’s Jennie Hartjes 6-2, 6-1, before blanking Providence’s Maria Clara Bernardez 6-0, 6-0. She was also part of an 8-0 victory at No. 1 doubles against the Friars, and had two other doubles matches that went unfinished.

BIG EAST Notebook

• Georgetown sophomore Liselot Koenen was 2-0 at No. 6 singles and 1-0 in doubles in a win against UMBC (4-3) and loss against Old Dominion (4-2).

• The freshman duo of Jack Murphy and Jordan Portner were bright spots for the Georgetown men’s team winning twice at No. 1 doubles in team losses against Norfolk State and George Washington.



• Xavier senior Jimmy Roebker went 2-0 at No. 1 singles and doubles in the Musketeers 6-1 win over BIG EAST foe Butler. Roebker is 11-11 in singles and 11-4 in doubles with classmate Mesa Mei. Sophomore Zach Mueck won his 14th singles match of the season with a win at No. 3 singles.

• Creighton freshman Katherine Nelsen and junior Amanda Noonan won tight three set matches at No. 3 and 4 singles to lift the Bluejays to a come from behind 4-3 win over Providence in a BIG EAST tussle. Senior Jennie Hartjes added wins at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles with Nelsen.

• The St. John’s women went to 3-0 in BIG EAST play with a 4-3 win over Seton Hall. The Red Storm won four of the six singles matches including a fifth consecutive win by senior Diamond Adams at the No. 4 spot. The clinching point came at No. 2 singles from freshman Anna Morozova with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 over Hannah Liljekvist.

• The St. John’s men swept its last two regular season matches against Binghamton and Niagara to end with a 13-7 overall mark. It is the 10th time since coach Eric Rebhuhn took over in 2001 that the Red Storm has had a double-digit winning season. Sophomore R.J. Del Nunzio, junior Erick Reyes and freshman Robert Livi each went 2-0 in singles action.

• DePaul senior Filip Dzanko won at No. 1 singles and doubles on Senior Day but the Blue Demons lost 4-3 to Marquette in a BIG EAST league match. Dzanko has a 23-10 singles record for the season and career mark of 84-40 with one regular season match left.

• Villanova senior Thomas O’Brien picked up a pair of victories at No. 1 singles as the Wildcats split matches against Loyola Maryland (5-2) and NJIT (2-5).

• Wildcat freshman Linley Busby clinched the win against Loyola Maryland (4-3) with a victory at No. 5 singles. Villanova lost to NJIT in the second match of the doubleheader. Freshman Samantha Schafer went 2-0, winning at No. 2 and 3 singles.