ORU’s Busleiman, DU's Melville receive tennis weekly accolades

ORU’s Busleiman, DU's Melville receive tennis weekly accolades

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Oral Roberts men's tennis athlete Geronimo Busleiman and Denver women's tennis athlete Taylor Melville took home this week's Summit League athlete of the week awards after outstanding performances during their respective team's matches. This is the first weekly honor for Busleiman this season, while this is Melville's second accolade of the season.

Melville helped the Pioneers defeat Montana 7-0, No. 25 South Carolina 4-3 and Texas Tech 4-3 after earning multiple singles wins on the weekend. Against Montana, Melville recorded a 6-3, 6-3 win at the top spot. The next match was highlighted by Melville's 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 upset win at the No. 1 spot against No. 25 Mia Horvit. The Duluth, Ga., native also teamed with Hada Chang to record a 7-5 triumph at the top spot in doubles action. Following her performance against Texas Terch, Melville, matched up against Olivia Peet of Texas Tech and defeated her 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

On the men's side, Busleiman and the Golden Eagles recorded wins against Lamar (4-3) and Prairie View A&M (4-0). Against Lamar, Busleiman captured a 7-6, 6-2, 6-2 win at the top spot to make it a 3-3 contest. In doubles play, the La Rioja, Argentina native teamed with Barnabas Koncz at the No. 1 spot in doubles play and recorded a 6-2 win. Against Prairie View A&M, Busleiman won his singles contest by default and earned the doubles point along with Koncz at the top spot for a 6-2 triumph.

Geronimo Busleiman, Oral Roberts
Freshman | La Rioja, Argentina

  • Garnered his first career athlete of the week award
  • Recorded a 2-0 mark at the No. 1 spot in both singles and doubles play
  • Won both doubles matches with a 6-2 final, improving his doubles record to 7-1

Also nominated: Brandon Ancona, Valparaiso; Matija Matic, Drake; Mattia Ros; Denver; Pol Botifoll Rius, Illinois State; Andreja Petrovic, North Dakota


Taylor Melville, Denver
Sophomore | Duluth, Ga.

  • Collected her second career athlete of the week honor
  • Recorded a 2-0 mark in singles play at the No. 1 spot and went 1-1 in doubles action
  • Captured a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 win against No. 25 Mia Horvit of South Carolina

Also nominated: Ines Abisisan, Omaha; Reagan Miley, Oral Roberts; Andrea Jansson, North Dakota

2019-20 The Summit League Athletes of the Week
January 14
M: None
W: Tatum Burger, Denver
January 21
M: Oliver Johansson, Drake
W: Taylor Melville, Denver
January 28
M: James Davis, Denver
W: Natalie Lorentz, Omaha
February 4
M: James Davis, Denver
W: Natalie Lorentz, Omaha
February 11
M: Davis Lawley, Omaha
W: Natalie Lorentz, Omaha
February 18
M: Geronimo Busleiman, Oral Roberts
W: Taylor Melville, Denver

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