Valparaiso’s Ancona, Denver’s Riedmiller secure weekly awards

Valparaiso's Brandon Ancona and Denver's Anna Riedmiller’s performances in the weekend’s competition earn them athlete of the week.
Valparaiso's Brandon Ancona and Denver's Anna Riedmiller’s performances in the weekend’s competition earn them athlete of the week.

By: Aubrie Laufenberg
 
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –Valparaiso's men's tennis athlete Brandon Ancona and Denver's women's tennis athlete Anna Riedmiller took home this week's Summit League Athlete of the Week awards after helping their respective teams to victories this past weekend. 

Brandon Ancona, Valparaiso
Junior | Belvidere, Illinois

  • Improved his singles record to 10-4 on the season
  • Defeated a First Team All-Horizon performer from last season 7-5, 6-3 in the No. 1 spot
  • Led the way with a straight-set win to bounce back from dropping the doubles point to sweep all six singles courts for the team victory

Also nominated: Vinny Gillespie (Drake), Matt Summers (Denver)

Anna Riedmiller, Denver
Sophomore | Wichita, Kansas

  • Now holds a 5-0 singles record and a 4-2 doubles mark for the season
  • Took the victory in straight sets at the No. 3 spot
  • Won 6-2 at the No. 2 spot in doubles to clinch the doubles point

Also nominated: Savanna Crowell (Omaha), Isa Sullivan (North Dakota)

2018-19 The Summit League Athlete of the Week
January 22
M: Vinny Gillespie, Drake
W: Arisha Ladhani, Denver 

January 29
M: Mattia Ros, Denver
W: Habiba Aly, South Dakota 

February 5
M: Aleksa Lazarevic, Illinois State
W: Bianca Mok, Denver 

February 12
M: Brandon Ancona, Valparaiso
W: Anna Riedmiller, Denver

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