Patriot League Announces Tennis Players of the Week (4.5.22)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Bucknell senior Daniela Bellini won the Patriot League Women’s Tennis Player of the Week when the League Office announced the awards on Tuesday. In addition, Bucknell second-year student Harrison Gold was named the men’s tennis player of the week.

Boston University junior Erica Di Battista and sophomore Jonah Dickson, Lehigh senior Zack Elliott and Navy senior Kacey Moore were placed on the honorable mention list.

Player of the week for men in the Patriot League
Harrison Gold, Bucknell, So., Aventura, Fla./Score at Top Academy

* Gold turned into a 4-0 weekend and won twice by both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles in team wins over Colgate and Boston University.
* Gold’s come-by-behind victory over Colgate’s Jack Selati (3-6, 6-3, 6-3) gave the decisive point in Bucknell’s 5-2 victory. Sophomore also recorded a straight-set win against BU’s Dion Loutas (6-3, 6-3).
* Gold and teammate Nick Mueller won over Colgates Selati and Nate Romig (6-3) and Boston U’s Adrian Pawlowski and Johann Sajonz (6-2).

Player of the Week in the Patriot League for Women
Daniela Bellini, Bucknell, Sr., Tierra Verde, Fla./St. St. Petersburg Catholic

* Bellini went 2-0 on the first single and 2-0 on the first double with partner Whitney King to lead Bison to a 2-0 weekend against Lehigh (6-1) and Colgate (4-0).
* In singles, Bellini defeated Lehighs Hamsa Javagal (6-1, 6-3) and Colgate’s Addie Eklund with a score of 6-0, 6-4.
* Bellini and King won over Lehighs Javagal and Junmoke James (6-0) and Colgates Eklund and Jordan Ben-Shmuel (6-2). Bellini and King are 19-3 in No. 1 overall doubles this season.

Honorable mention
Erica Di Battista, Boston University, Jr., Montreal, Que./Academie Les Estacades

* Di Battista went 2-0 in No. 2 singles with victories over UConn’s Aleksandra Karamyshev (6-1, 3-6, 10-8) and Holy Cross’ Ahana Nagarkatti (6-1, 6-3). She also recorded a 6-3 double victory on lane one with teammate Emily Kim over the Huskies.

Jonah Dickson, Boston University, So., Pacific Palisades, California / Harvard Westlake

* Dickson defeated Colgate’s Jack Selati on Lane 1 (6-2, 6-3), while he and Dion Loutas posted a 7-5 triumph over Nick Potter and Rohan Gupta in the No. 1 double.

Zack Elliott, Lehigh, Sr., Willowbrook, Ill./Hinsdale

* Elliott defeated Navy Derrick Thompson, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 11-9, on Saturday to give Thompson his first singles loss of his career in league play. On Sunday, Elliott Lafayette defeated Arman Ganchi 6-3, 6-1 on Lane 1.

Kacey Moore, Navy, Sr., Wellington, Fla./Wellington

* The senior took the fourth and decisive point at the No. 2 single in a straight-set victory (6-1, 7-5) over Army’s Caroline Vincent in the team’s 4-1 victory. Before her singles victory, Moore teamed up with Samantha Johns to win the No. 3 doubles match (6-4) over Paola Bou and Sophie McKenzie.

Past winners
Women’s player

1.25 – Jillian Taggart, Navy
2.1 – Cooper Jackson, Army West Point
2.8 – Kaitlin Tan, Boston University
2.15 – Whitney King, Bucknell
2.22 – Addie Eklund, Colgate
2.29 – Hamsa Javagal, Lehigh
3.8 – Meghana Komarraju, Navy
3.15 – Shelly Yaloz, Boston University
3.22 – Junmoke James, Lehigh
3.29 – Addie Eklund, Colgate
3.29 – Junmoke James, Lehigh

Men’s player
1.25 – Derrick Thompson, Navy
2.1 – Michael Owen, Bucknell
2.8 – Zack Elliott, Lehigh
2.15 – AJ Woodman, Army West Point
2.22 – Gavin Segraves, Navy
2.29 – Jack Selati, Colgate
3.8 – Tim Zelikovsky, Bucknell
3.15 – Sasha Panyan, Navy
3.22 – Zack Elliott, Lehigh
3.29 – Arman Ganchi, Lafayette

The Patriot League is in its fourth decade of academic and athletic performance, constantly demonstrating that student-athletes can excel in both academics and athletics without sacrificing high standards. The athletic success of the Patriot League is achieved while its member institutions remain committed to its fundamental principle of admitting and graduating student-athletes who are academically representative of their class. Participation in athletics at Patriot League institutions is seen as an important component of a well-rounded education.


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