KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Zalina Nazarova of Brenau (Ga.) has been named NAIA National Women's Tennis Player of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Nazarova was selected based on her performances from April 8 – 14 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated group player of the week selections.
The junior native of Nalchik, Russia, went unbeaten in No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles on the week and helped the Golden Tigers take down two ranked teams. On April 9, Nazarova secured two of three points for Brenau in a 6-3 loss to No. 3 Auburn Montgomery. She won her singles match, 6-4, 6-1, against Fernanda Vargas and won in No. 2 doubles, 8-2.
The next day, Nazarova helped Brenau take down then-No. 20 Lee (Tenn.), 9-0. Nazarova was victorious in her singles match, 6-0, 6-1, and in doubles, 8-0. The winning ways continued for Nazarova against then-No. 24 SCAD Atlanta (Ga.), claiming victory in singles, 6-2, 6-0. In her doubles match, Nazarova came away with a 9-8 victory.
With the perfect week, Nazarova has not lost a match, singles or doubles, since March 24 when she lost in No. 4 singles and No. 1 doubles to NCAA Division I Alabama-Birmingham.
The next women’s tennis Player of the Week will be announced on April 24.
Nominees: Neesha Thirumalaichalvam, Cumberlands (Ky.); Alyssa Fuentes, Davenport (Mich.); Jacy Jahn, Morningside (Iowa); Stephanie Perez, Indiana Tech; Natalia Krier, Belhaven (Miss.); Montseratt Elizondo, Ashford (Iowa); Serephine Buchmann, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Nhatalia Ocampo, Warner (Fla.); Tatum McMaHon, Tennessee Wesleyan; Agnese Rozite, Mobile (Ala.); Adelaide Wood, Northwood (Fla.); Katherine Ternent, Nebraska Wesleyan; Haley Porter, Southwestern (Kan.); Tonya Walters, Lee (Tenn.); Chanel Cunningham, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.); Brion Flowers, Xavier (La.).
2013 Composite Award Winners
Week 1 (March 20): Jade Curtis, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)
Week 2 (March 27): Hui-I Huang, Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
Week 3 (April 3): Olivia West, Xavier (La.)
Week 4 (April 10): Livia Blasque, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
Week 5 (April 17): Zalina Nazarova, Brenau (Ga.)