April 30, 2014
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jade Curtis of Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) has been named the NAIA Women’s Tennis Player of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Curtis was selected based on her performances from April 21-27 and was chosen out of a pool of conference, independent and unaffiliated grouping award winners.
Curtis, a senior from Saltash, England, led Auburn Montgomery to its eighth-straight Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Tournament championship and went 7-0 in four matches on the week. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) No. 1 NAIA singles player defeated Meghan de Baroncelli of Loyola (La.) twice (6-1, 6-1) (6-1, 6-3) and Volcey Boilevin of William Carey (6-1, 6-0). Curtis did not finish her match against ITA’s No. 7-ranked singles player Dominika Jasoca of Brenau (Ga.). At No. 2 doubles, Curtis paired with Bright Phakamad for victories over Loyola (La.) (8-0) (8-1), William Carey (8-0) and then-No. 6 Brenau (8-2).
On the year, Curtis holds a 20-3 record in singles play and a 19-5 mark in doubles competition.
For the complete Women’s Tennis Player of the Week calendar, click here.
Nominees: Alexi Loomis, Cardinal Stritch (Wis.); Bethany Blodgett, Bethel (Ind.); Bryn Oliveira, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Katie Hanson, Morningside (Iowa); Nour Abbes, Xavier (La.); Brooke Vorhees, McPherson (Kan.); Anna Gaprindashvili, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Neesha Thirumalaichelvam, Cumberlands (Ky.).
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.)
Week 4 (April 9): Anastasiia Baranova, Oklahoma Baptist
Week 5 (April 16): Katie Wilson, Indiana Wesleyan
Week 6 (April 23): Steph Shogren, Bethel (Kan.)
Week 7 (April 30): Jade Curtis, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)