Ancona, Lazarevic earn athlete of the week honors

Valparaiso's Brandon Ancona and South Dakota's Jana Lazarevic secure the Summit League Men's and Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week awards.
Valparaiso's Brandon Ancona and South Dakota's Jana Lazarevic secure the Summit League Men's and Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week awards.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –Valparaiso's Brandon Ancona and South Dakota's Jana Lazarevic secured the Summit League Men's and Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week honors after helping their respective teams to victories in conference play. This is the third honor of the season for Ancona and the first for Lazarevic. 

Brandon Ancona, Valparaiso
Junior | Belvidere, Ill.

  • Improved his singles record to 21-4 and doubles mark to 18-5
  • Helped Valparaiso extend its win streak to six
  • Ranks ninth in program history with 59 career singles wins
  • Has won 12 straight singles matches and five straight doubles victories

Also nominated: Daniel Krulig (Denver), Diego Emilio Moura Herrera (Illinois State), Tom Hands (Drake) 

Jana Lazarevic, South Dakota
Sophomore | Belgrade, Serbia

  • At the No. 1 spot in singles, improved her win streak to four matches
  • Helped the Coyotes to their sixth straight match, allowing just one team point against in that span
  • Teamed up with Luana Stanciu to improve their doubles win streak to four

Also nominated: Natlie Lorentz (Omaha), 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 

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

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

April 2
M: Brandon Ancona, Valparaiso
W: Jana Lazarevic, South Dakota

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