By Nikki Sherrill, Athletic Communications and Media Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Sara Andrade of LSU Alexandria (La.) has been named the NAIA National Women's Tennis Player of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Andrade was selected based on her performances from March 27 – April 2 and was chosen out of a pool of conference, Association of Independent Institutions and unaffiliated group winners.
National Tennis Player of the Week
Sara Andrade, LSU Alexandria (La.)
Sr., Vigo, Spain
• Over NCAA Division I Grambling State (La.), Andrade won in both singles and doubles by a score of 5-0.
• Against fellow NAIA opponent in No. 9 Xavier (La.), Andrade earned 5-4 victories in both singles and doubles to help her No. 13 LSU Alexandria team improve its record to 12-0.
• Extended her season’s singles record to 7-2, and remains undefeated in doubles at 12-0.
• This is Andrade’s first National Player of the Week honor.
Nominees: Paige Smith, William Woods (Mo.); Andrea Dimitrijevic, Columbia (S.C.); Luz Padilla, Point (Ga.); Viktoria Monakhova, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Rachel Bottorff, Indiana Wesleyan; Caroline Boger, Bethel (Ind.); Barbara Haikal, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Ashley Zaeske, Doane (Neb.); Brandi Nelson , Xavier (La.); Valeria Podda , Georgia Gwinnett; Allison Corfield, Ottawa (Kan.); Olivia Medaris, Southwestern (Kan.); Kimberly Buzbee, Bethel (Kan.); Minja Gligic, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Isabella Dale, Cumberlands (Ky.); Lisa Nguyen, Texas A&M Texarkana; Caitlin Conyers, Asbury (Ky.); Lena Schwerdtfeger, Mobile (Ala.); Olivia Dunnam, Blue Mountain (Miss.); Patricia Recalde, Brenau (Ga.); Megane Bianco, Keiser (Fla.); Kelsi Black, Southeastern (Fla.); Naomi Maehama, St. Thomas (Fla.); Raquel Manzoni, Indiana Tech; Sierra Griffith, Cornerstone (Mich.); Vladica Djurdjevic, Northwestern Ohio
2017 Women's Tennis Composite Award Winners
Week 1 (March 22): Rachel Bottorff, Indiana Wesleyan
Week 2 (March 29): Vladica Djurdjevic, Northwestern Ohio
Week 3 (April 5): Sara Andrade, LSU Alexandria (La.)