Gillespie, Mok collect weekly award

Drake’s Vinny Gillespie and Denver’s Bianca Mok went undefeated in this past weekend’s competition and earned themselves Summit League Men’s and Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week accolades.
Drake’s Vinny Gillespie and Denver’s Bianca Mok went undefeated in this past weekend’s competition and earned themselves Summit League Men’s and Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week accolades.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –Drake's Vinny Gillespie and Denver's Bianca Mok went undefeated in this past weekend's competition and earned themselves Summit League Men's and Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week accolades. It is the third time Gillespie and Mok earning the award this season.

Vinny Gillespie, Drake
Senior | Stirling, Scotland 

  • Had a pair of straight set wins at No. 1 singles to help the Bulldogs go 2-0 with a league win over Valparaiso
  • Defeated reigning Summit League Player of the Week Brandon Ancona to give him just his fifth loss of the season
  • Now holds a 17-8 overall singles mark and a 12-11 doubles record

Also nominated: Kweisi Kenyatte (Valparaiso), Igor Kolaric (Illinois State), Matt Summers (Denver), Lukas Buth (North Dakota)

Bianca Mok, Denver
Senior | Boise, Idaho 

  • Improved her overall singles record to 13-2 after going 2-0 at the No. 1 spot
  • Currently ranks No. 99 in singles
  • Extended her singles win streak to seven straight matches

Also nominated: Jana Lazarevic (South 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 

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 

April 9
M: Vinny Gillespie, Drake
W: Bianca Mok, Denver

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