Big South announces tennis players of the week

Charlotte, NC - From Big South Sports

CHARLOTTE, NC – Charleston Southern's Marija Dzakovic and Radford's Ivan Salec have been named the Big South Tennis Players of the Week, while Winthrop's Giovanna Portiolli and Radford's Thomas Dehaen have been named Freshmen of the Week for matches played March 29-April 4, it was announced today by the Conference office.

Dzakovic, a sophomore from Belgrade, Serbia, finished with an undefeated 6-0 mark in singles and doubles action last week. She teamed with Olga Makhova for a perfect 3-0 week at No. 2 doubles as they posted a combined 24-12 score. Dzakovic also had a phenomenal week at No. 3 singles that began by taking down CCU's Kim Webb, 6-2, 6-2, and then coasting past Wofford's Stephanie Cox, 6-0, 6-1. Dzakovic and Radford's Petra Dajevic had a thrilling opening set, which was eventually won when Dzakovic broke serve to take the set, 7-5, and the road that momentum to win the second set, 6-2.

Portiolli, a freshman from Curitiba, Brazil, recorded two singles and two doubles victories at the No. 4 spot to lead Winthrop to two Big South wins this past week. Against Gardner-Webb, she defeated Ronia Hutterli in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, and later downed Britney Cloer from UNC Asheville, 6-3, 6-0. With two doubles wins last week, Portiolli and her partner Sandra Herrera pushed their Conference doubles record to a perfect 4-0.

Salec, a junior from Oroslavje, Croatia, concluded last week with a perfect 3-0 mark at the top singles position and teamed with Thomas Dehaen to go 3-0 at the No. 1 doubles position to lead Radford to victories over North Florida and Big South foe Coastal Carolina. Along with his perfect singles record, the two-time All-Conference performer ran his singles winning streak to 13 consecutive wins and his doubles streak to eight straight, while improving to 13-4 and 12-1, respectively. His singles and doubles victories this past week included wins over competitors from No. 69 UNC Wilmington (12-5), North Florida (15-5) and conference foe Coastal Carolina (12-5).

Dehaen, a freshman from Zwevegem, Belgium, had an unblemished 3-0 record last week at the No. 2 singles position and teamed with Ivan Salec to go 3-0 at the No. 1 doubles position. In singles competition, Dehaen has won four consecutive matches, while winning eight straight in doubles to improve to 9-7 and 12-1, respectively. He defeated UNF's Daniel Sotomarino, 7-5, 6-0, UNC Wilmington's Kinshuk Sharma, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5, and Coastal's Matt Gordon, 7-6 (7-4), 2-0. Dehaen picks up his third Big South Freshman of the Week honor of the season.