Ancona, Kmošková take home weekly accolades

Valparaiso's Brandon Ancona and South Dakota's Natka Kmoskova claim this week's Summit League Tennis Athlete of the Week honors.
Valparaiso's Brandon Ancona and South Dakota's Natka Kmoskova claim this week's Summit League Tennis Athlete of the Week honors.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –Valparaiso men's tennis athlete Brandon Ancona and South Dakota women's tennis athlete Natka Kmošková took home this week's Summit League athlete of the week awards after outstanding performances during their respective team's spring break trip. This is the second weekly honor for Ancona this season, while this is Kmošková's first. 

Brandon Ancona, Valparaiso
Junior | Belvidere, Ill.

  • Went undefeated in both singles and doubles to help Valpo to a perfect 4-0 spring break trip in Florida
  • Improved his overall record to 19-4 in singles and 16-5 in doubles
  • Picked up his 50th career victory and has won nine straight singles matches

Also nominated: Abdoul Ouattara (Omaha), Tom Hands (Drake) 

Natka Kmošková, South Dakota
Freshman | Pardubice, Czech Republic

  • Finished the weekend 3-0 in singles action and 2-0 in doubles
  • Helped South Dakota post a 4-0 mark during its spring trip to Orlando, Florida
  • Earned a come-from-behind victory over Hampton's Cherise Slocombe at the No. 2 spot in the lineup

Also nominated: Bianca Mok (Denver) 

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 

February 19
M: Tom Hands, Drake
W: Arisha Ladhani, Denver 

February 26
M: Tom Hands, Drake
W: Bianca Mok, Denver 

March 5
M: Vinny Gillespie, Drake
W: Janelle Wilson, Omaha 

March 12
M: Brandon Ancona, Valparaiso
W: Natka Kmošková, South Dakota

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