North Dakota rookie Sitar claims weekly honor

North Dakota's Nejc Sitar earned the title of this week’s Summit League Athlete of the Week after helping the Fighting Hawks to their first conference victory as a member of the league.
North Dakota's Nejc Sitar earned the title of this week’s Summit League Athlete of the Week after helping the Fighting Hawks to their first conference victory as a member of the league.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –North Dakota men's tennis athlete Nejc Sitar earned the title of this week's Summit League Athlete of the Week after helping the Fighting Hawks to their first conference victory as a member of the league. This is the first honor for Sitar.

Nejc Sitar, North Dakota
Freshman | Maribor, Slovenia

  • At the No. 1 spot in singles, defeated last season's Summit League Player of the Year Igor Kolaric of Illinois State in straight sets
  • He and teammate Lukas Buth won their doubles match 6-4 at the top spot
  • Improved his overall marks to 5-9 in singles and 9-6 in doubles

Also nominated:  Chad Kissell (Valparaiso)

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 

March 19
M: Johnnie Carmichael-Plester, North Dakota
W: Isa Sullivan, North Dakota 

March 26
M: Nejc Sitar, North Dakota
W: None

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