SEC Women's Tennis Weekly Honors - April 14, 2021
Player of the Week: Tenika McGiffin was essential in Tennessee's dominance over the weekend of No. 16-ranked Auburn and No. 40-ranked Alabama. The senior won both of her singles matches and earned a ranked win in doubles. Against Auburn, she and partner Elenora Molinaro were ahead of Georgie Axon and Adeline Flach 6-5 when the doubles point was clinched. She then earned a straight-set win over Flach on court five to score UT's first singles point. Against Alabama, McGiffin and Molinaro earned their first win over a ranked opponent when they downed No. 49-ranked Moka Ito and Loudmilla Bencheikh 6-4 on court one to clinch the doubles point. In singles play, she was dominant over Anne Marie Hiser, downing her 6-1, 6-0 on court five to earn UT's first singles point and was her season-long fifth-straight win. The senior finishes the 2021 regular season undefeated at home with a spotless 11-0 solo dual-match record and is an impressive 13-4 in dual match play this season. Against SEC opponents, she holds an 8-3 record.
Freshman of the Week: Reka Zadori clinched the match for Ole Miss in the Rebels' win over Kentucky. At No. 6 singles, Zadori defeated Kentucky's Maialen Morante in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5. The Rebels defeated the higher-ranked Wildcats 4-1 on Saturday, April 10. Zadori has won five straight matches, all in straight sets. She improved to 7-3 (5-1 SEC) during the spring dual season. Ole Miss won its third straight match versus a top-40 SEC opponent (No. 40 MSU, April 2 and No. 21 Vanderbilt, April 8). The Rebels improved to 11-7 overall and 7-5 in SEC competition.
Newcomer of the Week: Auburn sophomore Carolyn Ansari put together one of the best weeks of her collegiate career, winning a pair of matches against top-50 opponents in singles and helping deliver a doubles point-clinching win in the Tigers' match at Georgia. In Auburn's match at Tennessee, she provided the Tigers' lone point with a 6-3, 6-0 win over 45th-ranked Carly Briggs for her highest-ranked win to that point. But she bettered that Saturday at Georgia, taking down 12th-ranked and previously unbeaten Meg Kowalski in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, to end a string of 26 straight wins for Kowalski. Along with partner Selin Ovunc, Ansari also helped the Tigers pick up the doubles point at Georgia as they downed Christofi and Coppoc in a tiebreaker to give Auburn an early 1-0 lead in the match. Ansari is 11-3 in dual match singles this season and 7-2 in SEC play.