April 9, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington sophomore Elizabeth Thoms earned the Sun Belt Conference Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week award.
"Lizzy has put so much effort into her tennis this semester," UT Arlington coach Diego Benitez said. "She has really stepped up to the occasion and has been a truly amazing leader. She is so well deserved of the award."
Thoms went undefeated this week during doubles and singles. The Mavericks swept with a 4-0 win over No. 55 North Texas and won 4-3 against Conference USA's Middle Tennessee. Thoms competed at the No. 2 position in doubles all week with an 8-5 win and 8-0 shutout. The sophomore defeated North Texas' No. 1 singles player in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 as well as Middle Tennessee's No.2 6-0, 6-3.
The 2014 Sun Belt Conference Men's and Women's Tennis Championships are set to begin in one week with the first serve scheduled for the morning of April 16 at the City Park Tennis Center in New Orleans.
The Sun Belt Conference Women's Tennis Championship begins on Thursday with the No. 8 seed vs. No. 9 seed matchup scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday night the Sun Belt Conference will announce its postseason award winners and all-conference honorees at its postseason banquet.
A full day of matches is scheduled for Friday with women's first round matches slated for 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. with men's first round matches beginning at 3 p.m. Women's semifinal matches start at 10 a.m. on Saturday and men's semifinal matches follow at 3 p.m. The championship matches will take place on Sunday with the women's match scheduled for a 10 a.m. first serve and the men's listed to follow at 2 p.m.
Sun Belt Conference tennis teams took noticeable strides into the ITA National Rankings this week. On the women's side, Georgia State moved up slightly to No. 62 in the team rankings and also saw its second doubles pair jump into the national rankings. The tandem of senior Abigail Tere-Apisah and junior Masa Grgan came in this week at No. 19 on the list while freshmen Marcia Tere-Apisah and Tarani Kamoe came in at No. 89. South Alabama's tandem of Monica Mitta and Laura Valkova also entered the rankings at No. 86.
On the men's side, South Alabama (#75) joined UL Lafayette (#63) in the team rankings. UT Arlington's doubles duo of Javier Perez and Carlos Arbiza moved up to No. 63 in the ITA National Doubles rankings while the Ragin' Cajuns tandem of Jake Wynan and Rick de Groot came in at No. 76 in the rankings.