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2016 NAIA Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – No. 1 (March 23)

March 23, 2016
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By Colbi Howser, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Naomi Maehama of St. Thomas (Fla.) has been named the NAIA National Women's Tennis Player of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. She was selected based on her performances from March 14 – 20 and was chosen out of a pool of conference, Association of Independent Institutions and unaffiliated group winners.

National Tennis Player of the Week
Naomi Maehama, St. Thomas (Fla.)
So., Miami Beach, Fla.
• Went a perfect 8-0 in singles and doubles on the week. Won her four singles matches and four doubles matches with teammate Cynthia Diaz.
• Helped her team to a 4-0 week, going 8-5 overall.
• Won8-4 against Top 25 ranked teams - No. 21 Southeastern (Fla.) and No. 22 SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) - in her doubles matches, as well as not losing a set in singles matches (6-3, 7-6/6-1, 7-6).
• This is her first career player of the week honor.

Nominees: Felicia Cesar, William Woods (Mo.); Courtney Huels, Stephens (Mo.); Stanislava Klymova, Reinhardt (Ga.); Katerina Saskova, Tennessee Wesleyan; Ashley Golda, St. Francis (Ill.); Martha Banda, Judson (Ill.); Lucia Solis, Indiana Wesleyan; Abbey VanDiver, Bethel (Ind.); Christina Ternent, College of Saint Mary (Neb.); Sha'Nel Bruins, Xavier (La.); Maca Bielsa, Missouri Valley; Sydni Grimes, Cumberlands (Ky.); Tarsha de Souza, Cumberland (Tenn.); Bolar Enkbayar, Campbellsville (Ky.); Anastasiia Vasileva, Middle Georgia State; Patricia Recalde, Brenau (Ga.); Daniella Caruso, Coastal Georgia; Mariah Plauth, Mobile (Ala.); Kelly Southwood, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.); Paige Murdock, SCAD Savannah (Ga.); Teodora Stanciu, Keiser (Fla.); Melena Lopez, Northwestern Ohio; Lea Jansen, Aquinas (Mich.)

2015-16 Women's Tennis Composite Award Winners
Week 1 (March 23): Naomi Maehama, St. Thomas (Fla.)