PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Louisville senior Viktor Maksimcuk was named BIG EAST Male Tennis Player of the Week, while DePaul junior Gia McKnight earned BIG EAST Female Tennis Player of the Week honors.
Maksimcuk helped the Cardinals climbed from No. 32 to No. 29 in the ITA Tennis Rankings after upsetting then-No. 23 Indiana 6-1 April 17. The 103rd-ranked singles player downed Indiana's 114th-ranked Josh MacTaggart 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2 singles. Maksimcuk paired with senior Simon Childs to beat the Hoosier duo of Santiago Gruter and Jeremy Langer 8-3 in the No. 1 position, clinching the doubles point. The UofL seniors are ranked 56th as a doubles team. Maksimcuk holds a 17-17 record in singles play this season and a 23-12 mark in doubles action.
McKnight led the Blue Demons in a pair of 4-3 wins on the road last week at Marquette April 15 and at Cincinnati April 17. The junior was undefeated in both singles and doubles action last week, winning all four matches from the No. 2 slot. In singles play, she posted a 7-5, 6-2 win against Cincinnati and a 6-2, 6-1 win against Marquette. McKnight improved to 19-17 in singles action this season and has won her last three matches, dating back to April 10. She teamed with freshman Kelsey Lawson to beat their Bearcats counterparts 8-2 and their Golden Eagles opponents 9-7. The DePaul duo has won all four of its matches this season.