Alex Whitehead Named SoCon Women's Tennis Player of the Week
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Women's tennis senior Alex Whitehead (Victoria, Australia/Star of the Sea College) has been named the Southern Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week for all matches played March 11-17. Whitehead was a combined 4-0 in singles and doubles play last week as the Spartans picked up wins over Elon (4-3) and Gardner-Webb (7-0).
Whitehead opened the week at No. 3 singles, where she pulled out a three-set victory over Elon's Viviana Stavreva 6-4, 4-6, 6-1. Earlier in the match against the Phoenix, Whitehead and teammate Niltooli Wilkins defeated Frida Jansaker and Jordan Johnston at No. 1 doubles, 8-0.
The Victoria, Australia, native moved up to the No. 1 singles position against Gardner-Webb and posted a straight-sets win over Erica White (6-3, 6-3). Whitehead was paired with Stephanie Falcon at No. 2 doubles against the Runnin' Bulldogs, and UNCG's pair claimed an 8-4 victory over Yasmin Doost and Rokia Sacko.
Whitehead has won her last four singles matches and is now 6-5 this spring, including a 4-0 mark in conference matches.
UNCG (8-4, 4-0 SoCon) returns to action Thursday when the Spartans host UNCW at 2:00 p.m.
Other top performers in the Southern Conference included Appalachian State's Jessica Thaggard, College of Charleston's Samantha Maddox, Davidson's Nisha Crouser, Elon's Bryn Khoury, Furman's Alex Moreno-Kaste, Georgia Southern's Caitlin Kitchen, Chattanooga's Alexa Flynn and Wofford's Julia Paulson.
SoCon Women's Tennis Player of the Week
Feb. 12 - Jenna Nurik, UTC
Feb. 19 - Kristin Lewis, SAM
Feb. 26 - Niltooli Wilkins, UNCG
March 5 - Jordan Johnston, Elon
March 13 - Julia Paulson, Wofford
March 19 - Alex Whitehead, UNCG