April 02, 2014
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Neesha Thirumalaichelvam of Cumberlands (Ky.) has been named the NAIA Women’s Tennis Player of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Thirumalaichelvam was selected based on her performances from March 24-30 and was chosen out of a pool of conference, independent and unaffiliated grouping award winners.
Thirumalaichelvam, a senior from Selangor, Malaysia, recorded a perfect week for the Patriots at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) No. 3-rated singles player handled unranked opponents Kaelin Roberts of Georgetown (Ky.) (6-3, 6-2) and Summer Manning of Union (Ky.) (6-0, 6-0), and the ITA’s No. 32-ranked singles player Angelica Sepulveda of Cumberland (Tenn.) (6-3, 6-3). With her partner Erin Hart, Thirumalaichelvam rattled off doubles wins over the top tandems from Georgetown (9-7) and Union (8-1) before unseating the ITA’s No. 23-rated duo of Alena Gizdic and Angelica Sepulveda of Cumberland (8-4).
On the season, Thirumalaichelvam owns an 11-1 singles record and a 9-3 doubles mark.
For the complete Women’s Tennis Player of the Week calendar, click here.
Nominees: Ekaterina Vezhekova, Tennessee Wesleyan; Whitney Vilmaure, Reinhardt (Ga.); Aziza Butoyi, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Katelyn Koll, Concordia (Neb.); Valerie Robinson, Northwestern (Iowa); Amanda Przymus, Morningside (Iowa); Lillian Blasquez, Missouri Valley; Sara Peck, Southwestern (Kan.); Brooke Vorhees, McPherson (Kan.); Mackenzi Choitz, Bethany (Kan.); Alyssa Kennedy, Georgetown (Ky.); Anna Tumanyan, Campbellsville (Ky.); Jessica King, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Elektra Hunter, Coastal Georgia; Lea Junggeburth, Mobile (Ala.); Paula Ortiz Couder, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Justyna Wojcik, Northwood (Fla.).
2014 Women’s Tennis Players of the Week
Week 1 (March 19): Valeria Podda, Georgia Gwinnett
Week 2 (March 26): Alyssa Fuentes, Davenport (Mich.)
Week 3 (April 2): Neesha Thirumalaichelvam, Cumberlands (Ky.)