April 25, 2012
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Marcelo Alecio of Bethany (Kan.) has been named NAIA Men's Tennis Player of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Alecio was selected based on his performances from April 16 – 22 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated group player of the week selections. Alecio is the first from the Bethany men’s tennis program to collect national weekly honors since the award began last season.
Alecio enjoyed a perfect week at No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles, going 3-0 in each. The junior native of Curitiba, Brazil, won 36 of 40 games in the way to No. 1 singles victories over Bethel (Kan.), McPherson (Kan.) and Tabor (Kan.). Alecia spurred the Swedes to a triumph over previously unbeaten McPherson and as well as wins over Bethel and Tabor as No. 14 Bethany ran its record to 19-4 overall.
Alecio and teammate Kane Olsen, ranked as the No. 22 doubles duo in the NAIA by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, dominated with 8-1, 8-0 and 8-5 wins on the week.
Alecio is now 12-4 in singles action this season and 12-5 in doubles.
The final men’s tennis Player of the Week will be announced on May 2.
Nominees: Ross Schulenberg, Doane (Neb.); Julian Kurz, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Austin Grundy, Morningside (Iowa); Antonio Manuel Marcelo, Cumberland (Tenn.); Mitchell Gardner, St. Louis Pharmacy (Mo.); Garrick Sanford, Reinhardt (Ga.); Ty Butler, Indiana East; Bartos Micher, Tennessee Wesleyan; Scott Layton, Asbury (Ky.); Michael McCartney, Concordia (Neb.); Nicolas Pinones-Haltenhoff, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.); Fabricio Morales, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); McKay Inman, Hastings (Neb.); Vitaly Shumilov, Davenport (Mich.); Jochem Hoefnagels, Azusa Pacific (Calif.); Aaron Hendrick, Aquinas (Mich.).
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.)
Week 6: Marcelo Alecio, Bethany (Kan.)