AWARD: Rodriguez wins ASC East Player of the Week

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE TENNIS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Matches: February 1-4, 2018
 
WEST DIVISION WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Michaela Ellison, Sr., Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons University senior Michaela Ellison (Lampasas, Texas) won a tough three-setter at number one singles against UT Tyler, winning 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 10-8. She also teamed with Kyra Mobley to win 8-6 at number one doubles. This is the third Player of the Week award in Ellison’s career.
 
EAST DIVISION WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Maddison Brackenreg, So., LeTourneau
LeTourneau University sophomore Maddison Brackenreg (Melbourne, Australia) helped secure two points for the YellowJackets in their season-opening 5-4 win over McMurry. After falling behind 4-7 in number one doubles with partner Gracie Favela, the pair went on to win the final five games to pick up a 9-7 win. Brackenreg also won the top singles match 6-3, 6-4.
 
WEST DIVISION MEN'S PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Alex Hunt, Jr., Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons University junior Alex Hunt (Odessa, Texas) earned his sixth career Player of the Week honors by defeating All-American and No. 11 nationally-ranked Arthur Fagundes of UT Tyler 7-6, 6-3. Hunt was ranked 48th in the nation.
 
EAST DIVISION MEN'S PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Daniel Rodriguez, So., UT Tyler
University of Texas at Tyler sophomore Daniel Rodriguez (San Luis Potosi, Mexico) picked up three wins in the opening weekend of play with a 6-0, 7-5 third singles victory against Hardin-Simmons and an 8-2 second doubles win with partner Gabriel HidalgoThe duo also defeated NCAA Division II opponent St. Edward’s 8-5 at number two doubles. The award is the third in Rodriguez’ career.
 
 
OTHER WOMEN'S PERFORMANCES
East Texas Baptist University junior Mullika Seekhieo (Tyler, Texas) won two key matches to help the Tigers defeat McMurry 6-3. She came back at number five singles for a 2-6, 6-2, 10-8 win. Seekhieo teamed with Zayra Gomez to pick up a number three doubles 8-5 victory.
 
Concordia University Texas sophomore Justus Aarhus (Georgetown, Texas) went 2-2 overall for the Tornados, picking up wins against Howard Payne at number three singles and two doubles.
 
UT Tyler freshman Caitlyn Cox (Tyler, Texas) helped the Patriots to a 7-2 win over Hardin-Simmons. She teamed up with Lauren Kuhn for a second doubles win of 8-4 and then secured a 6-2, 6-0 third singles win for the UT Tyler.
 
University of Texas at Dallas junior Sumvruta Iyengar (Prosper, Texas) had a solid outing as she picked up singles and doubles victories in an 8-1 home win against Concordia Texas. She teamed with Kathy Joseph to blank the Tornados’ top doubles tandem 8-0. Iyengar also won at number one singles 6-1, 6-1.
 
OTHER MEN'S PERFORMANCES
East Texas Baptist sophomore Joseph Salinas (Deer Park, Texas) helped the Tigers to their first-ever program win over McMurry 6-3. She picked up a 6-1, 6-2 victory at number two singles and an 8-2 win at number three doubles
 
Concordia Texas junior Hoanh Le (Phan Thiet, Vietnam) earned the lone win for the Tornados against UT Dallas, winning at number one singles 1-6, 6-3, 10-6.
 
LeTourneau University sophomore Jimmie Henson (Sunnyvale, Texas) had come-from-behind victories in both singles and doubles to secure the YellowJackets’ only two points against McMurry. After battling back with number one doubles-partner Christian Farris to make the set 7-7, the duo broke the serve to win 9-7. At number two singles, Henson dropped the first set 4-6 before eventually winning 6-3, 10-8.
 
UT Dallas sophomore Eric Chen (Austin, Texas) earned wins in singles and doubles for the Comets in their 8-1 win over Concordia Texas. Chen and partner Ashwin Vaithanathan collected an 8-5 number one doubles victory, then he swept 6-0, 6-0 at number five singles.