Abilene Christian’s Sheehy, Central Arkansas’ Xin Garner Final Weekly Tennis Awards

first_imgCentral Arkansas (16-7, 8-2 SLC) concludes regular season play against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at noon on Friday in Tyler, Texas. A win would clinch a share of the regular-season conference title for the Bears. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. Xin continued her impressive freshman campaign with victories in singles and doubles play as the Bears handed conference-leading Abilene Christian its first loss in league play. She posted another straight-set singles win earlier in the week in a 6-1 triumph over Incarnate Word. Honorable Mention: Francois Kellerman, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – Jonathan Sheehy, Abilene Christian – Junior – Arlington, TexasAfter losing the first set of his match with UIW’s Gabriel Evans, Sheehy took sets two and three by a score of 6-3 to clinch the regular-season title and the program’s first-ever 5-0 finish in Southland Conference play. The following day, Sheehy recorded a straight-set victory over UTSA’s Joao Ceolin to help ACU win its 20th match of the season. FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Jonathan Sheehy and Central Arkansas’ Chunxi Xin are the Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank. Playing with Nikolas Moceanu, Sheehy came out on top in doubles play for the eighth time in the past nine matches with a 6-4 win against UIW’s Dennis Boisseau and Oliver Valentinsson. This marks Sheehy’s third player of the week award of the 2019 season.center_img Sheehy secured the match-clinching point at No. 2 singles against Incarnate Word’s Gabriel Evans on Friday, wrapping up the 2019 Southland Conference regular-season title for the Wildcats. He turned around the following day and picked up a straight-set singles win in a 4-3 team victory over UTSA to extend his solo winning streak to three matches. Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Chunxi Xin, Central Arkansas – Freshman – Baoding, ChinaOpposite the net of ACU’s top-line singles player Nini Memishishi, Xin looked like a veteran, taking the match in straight sets and blanking Memishishi 6-0 in the second frame to hand her just her third solo loss of the season. Improving to 7-2 in league doubles action, Xin and teammate Marli Van Heerden topped their Wildcat counterparts 6-4 as ACU lost its first doubles match point since March 1. This marks Xin’s second weekly honor of the 2019 season. Honorable Mention: Charoline Erlandsson, McNeese; Putri Insani, Southeastern Louisiana; Maria Maldonado, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Ank Vullings, New Orleans. Abilene Christian (20-4, 5-0 SLC) concludes regular-season play against Midwestern State at 5 p.m. CT next Tuesday and awaits the announcement of its first-round opponent in the 2019 Southland Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament, which begins Thursday, April 25, in Corpus Christi, Texas.last_img

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