Player of the Week
South Carolina's Hadley Berg (No. 45) defeated No. 16 Arianne Hartono in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 7 Ole Miss on Saturday. The win was Berg's first against a Top 25 opponent in her career and marked Hartono's first loss of the dual match season after starting 8-0 at No. 1 singles, with wins over No. 1 Bianca Turati, No. 12 Ena Shibahara and No. 9 Anna Danilina. Berg was a key factor in South Carolina's 4-2 win over Mississippi State on Thursday, defeating Janina Braun of Mississippi State in straight sets in singles and Madison Harrison/Khrystyna Vozniak, 6-2, in doubles with partner Paige Cline. The Gamecocks have captured the doubles point in their last five matches. Berg is 4-0 at No. 1 singles in 2018. She is 6-2 in dual match play and 18-3 overall in 2017-18. All six of Berg's victories in dual match play have been in straight sets, with three perfect 6-0 sets recorded, including one over No. 16 Arianne Hartono.
Freshman of the Week
Florida's Victoria Emma posted a combined singles and doubles record of 4-0 last week that helped Florida extended it win streak to four. One of the wins was on the road against No. 7 Ole Miss and the Gators won a 4-3 thriller during which Emma and her doubles partner provided the thrilling 6-4 upset victory against the nation's No. 10-ranked team that clinched the doubles point that proved to be crucial. Emma's singles win against the Rebels was a hard-fought 6-4, 7-6 (5) victory that gave Florida a 3-1 win in the team scoring, as the Gators would go on to win, 4-3. Two days later, Emma was again involved in an important doubles win, as the Gators captured this first victory before MSU won the next. Emma made quick work of #112-ranked Magda Adaloglou on the singles court and her 6-3, 6-3 win was the second of the dual match that gave UF a 3-0 lead.