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Tennis Weekly Honors: Jan. 25

12 days ago
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Player of the Week

 Connor Thomson, South Carolina

Thomson, won his singles and doubles matches against both Charlotte and The Citadel to help South Carolina sweep both teams 7-0. He clinched the doubles point against Charlotte and well as the matches versus The Citadel and North Carolina with his singles victories. He led South Carolina to a comeback win over No. 18 North Carolina after falling 1-3 in the match. Provided energy and leadership to rally other players to wins on adjacent courts, allowing South Carolina to earn three singles victories to take the match 4-3. Defeated No. 9 Ryan Seggerman in a thrilling comeback victory to clinch the match, allowing South Carolina their first win over North Carolina since 2003. His win over the nation's ninth-ranked player is the highest ranked singles win of his career. Now has a seven match singles win streak dating back through tournament play and is 5-2 against ranked opponents.

Freshman of the Week

 Petar Jovanovic, Mississippi State

Jovanovic, is riding a seven-match winning streak in singles dating back to the fall. He has three wins at the No. 2 position and one victory at No. 1 in singles this spring. He clinched the doubles point in back-to-back matches against East Tennessee State and South Alabama. Also clinched a pair of matches for the Bulldogs against South Alabama and Tennessee State in singles. He has three straight set singles wins in dual matches this season.

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Player of the Week

 Ayana Akli, South Carolina

Akli, earned her first career win from the No. 1 singles position as a Gamecock, defeating No. 13 Alana Smith of NC State in straight sets to record her highest ranked win of the 2022-23 season. She is on a four-match singles win streak dating back through the Carolina Kickoff (spring tournament) with all four wins coming in straight sets over ranked opponents. She is 11-6 against ranked opponents on the season.

Freshman of the Week

 Kaitlyn Carnicella, Auburn

Carnicella,took down the No. 5 singles player in the country, Abbey Forbes of North Carolina, by a 7-6 (2), 6-7 (5), 1-0 (8) score. The match went to a tiebreaker in both of the first two sets and Carnicella took the 10-point tiebreaker in set three to win the match. The win is the freshman's first collegiate singles win over a ranked opponent. She defeated the Iowa State doubles team of Miska Kadleckova and Sofia Cabezas 6-3 alongside partner DJ Bennett and Samford's Alexis Lopez and Lauren Waddles with partner Adeline Flach 6-1. She also defeated Ally Hayduk from Samford 6-4, 6-1. She has posted a 2-1 record in both singles and doubles dual matches so far this season.