Abilene Christian’s Jonathan Sheehy & New Orleans’ Trang Dao Named Tennis Players of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Jonathan Sheehy and New Orleans’ Trang Dao are the Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Sheehy went 6-0 between singles and doubles play during a 3-0 roadtrip for the Wildcats, who improved to a conference-leading 10-3 this spring.Having played 13 matches in the opening month of play, Abilene Christian will take the weekend off before a road test against SMU presents itself at 5 p.m. CT on Friday, Feb. 22.Dao played a vital role in a 4-0 weekend for the Privateers, extending their hot start to 6-0, the best team start to a spring season in program history since 2003. She came out on top of all three singles matches and went 3-1 in doubles play.New Orleans is also idle this weekend and returns to the courts with a pair of home matches against Spring Hill and Troy at 11 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday, respectively.Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – Jonathan Sheehy, Abilene Christian – Junior – Arlington, TexasExtending his singles winning streak to nine matches, Sheehy posted straight-set victories at the top slot against Colorado State-Pueblo and Montana. The Arlington, Texas, native had to battle back from a set one loss to earn a point against Air Force, winning the final set 7-6 (5).In doubles action, Sheehy took care of the No. 2-slot pairs from CSU Pueblo and Air Force alongside Cole Lawson before edging the top-line squad from Montana 7-6 (5) with brother Josh. He’s won six of his 11 doubles matches with three different partners this season. This is Sheehy’s second Player of the Week honor of the 2019 season.Honorable Mention: Axel Vila Antuna, Lamar; Oliver Valentinsson, Incarnate Word; Mats Westkamp, New Orleans.Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Trang Dao, New Orleans – Senior – Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamDao didn’t drop a single set in singles action, including a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Mariia Borodii of Xavier (La.), serving as the match-clinching point against a Gold Nuggets squad that was ranked third at the NAIA level.While Dao and Ank Vullings dropped the top-line doubles contest against Xavier (3-6), the duo earned the Privateers a point against Loyola (La.) (6-1). Dao partnered with Mar Gendra for a pair of second-slot doubles wins against Prairie View A&M (6-4) and Louisiana Tech (6-4). Dao is 5-0 this season in singles play and 5-1 in doubles.Honorable Mention: Rada Manataweewat, Central Arkansas; Bianca Vitale, Lamar.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img

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