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Player of the Week No. 5

April 18, 2012
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By Jake Knabel, NAIA Communications & Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Corey Huggins of Xavier (La.) has been named NAIA Men's Tennis Player of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Huggins was selected based on his performances from April 9 – 15 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated group player of the week selections. The honor is the second such award in a row and the third ever for Xavier men’s tennis. Teammate Loic Didavi won the award last week and the Gold Rush’s Zach Taylor was named Player of the Week on May 4, 2011.

Huggins dropped his first singles match of the week, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6, to Iain Sneddon of NCAA Division I Tulane (La.) on April 10 before rebounding with a dominant 6-0, 6-0 victory over Tougalo’s (Miss.) Jimmy Pommerlee as Xavier rolled to a 9-0 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference win on April 14. The junior from Brooklyn, N.Y., finished his stellar week at No. 6 singles with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-1) match-clinching triumph over Maxim Tkachenko of NCAA Division I Alcorn State (Miss.) on April 14.

Huggins fared even better in doubles action, going 3-0 on the week. He paired with teammate Viktor Svoboda for an 8-5 win over Tulane’s No. 3 doubles group, an 8-0 shutout of Tougaloo’s Jamal Perkins and Stonie Lyons and an 8-4 victory over the No. 3 doubles pair from Alcorn State.

Huggins is now 4-4 in singles action this season and 13-8 in doubles. As a team, Xavier is 14-7 overall and ranked No. 8.

The next men’s tennis Player of the Week will be announced on April 25.

Nominees: Sean De Young, McPherson (Kan.); Sebastian Esquetini, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Antonio Manuel Marcelo, Cumberland (Tenn.); Gustav Hollnagel, Morningside (Iowa); Clinton Chlumsky, Bethel (Kan.); Martin Poboril, Oklahoma Christian; Ty Butler, Indiana East; Ross Schulenberg, Doane (Neb.); Simon Felix, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Patrick Frandji, Warner (Fla.); Pablo Numbela, Campbellsville (Ky.); Mark Zubov, St. Francis (Ill.); Scott Layton, Asbury (Ky.); Andrew Cobb, Reinhardt (Ga.); Nicolas Pinones-Haltenhoff, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.); Kevin Sacksteder, Indiana Southeast; Bohan Li, St. Louis Pharmacy (Mo.); Alex Sandri, Bethany (Kan.); Fabricio Morales, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); McKay Inman, Hastings (Neb.); Nathan Martinet, Fresno Pacific (Calif.); Reilly Good, Judson (Ill.).

2012 Composite Award Winners
Week 1: Simon Felix, Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
Week 2: Marlu Jansen Van Vuuren, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)
Week 3: Jochem Hoefnagels, Azusa Pacific (Calif.)
Week 4: Loic Didavi, Xavier (La.)
Week 5: Corey Huggins, Xavier (La.)