Tulsa's Monk, Van Dongen Receive WAC Player of the Week Honors
March 28, 2001
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Tulsa junior Sean Monk and sophomore Marjolein van Dongen have been named the Western Athletic Conference men's and women's tennis Players of the Week, respectively, for matches played March 19-25.
For the week, Monk, a junior from Las Vegas, went undefeated in matches against New Mexico State and No. 37 UNLV on March 24 and 25, respectively, in Las Vegas.
Back on familiar ground, Monk claimed a three-set decision over New Mexico State's Ludo Barthe. After dropping the first set, 1-6, Monk rallied to sweep the second and third sets, 6-3, 7-6. A day later, Monk faced a similar scenario, down 3-6 in the first only to storm back, 6-3, 6-2, to defeat Leslie Eisinga of UNLV.
On the season, Monk is now 19-4 overall and 14-2 in dual action. He has won 10 of his last 11 matches and is tied with teammate Dane McGregor for the most dual wins this season (14). Five wins shy of breaking into the school's top-10 all-time career singles victories, Monk's 19 wins to date are a single-season career best.
With the match on the line, van Dongen, a native of Woerden, Holland, secured No. 52 Tulsa's 4-3 upset at home over league foe, No. 42 SMU, by topping the Mustangs' newcomer Kit Carson.
Earlier in the contest, van Dongen teamed with Aleksandra Durska to overpower SMU's Chrissie Terrill and Katie Pruett, 8-1, giving the Golden Hurricane an early advantage.
The match ultimately came down to the No. 5 singles where van Dongen took the first set, 6-3 and was up 4-2 in the second set before Carson rallied to tie the set 4-4. Showing poise, van Dongen swiftly won the next two points to post a straight set win and ultimately swing the outcome in Tulsa's favor. With the victory over Carson, she surpassed last year's win total of 13 to set a new career single-season mark.
Having won four straight contests at the No. 5 position in the lineup, van Dongen has achieved a 14-4 overall record, while going 8-1 in dual matches during the spring. Along with Durska in doubles action, the pair is 10-4 overall, 10-3 in dual matches and boasts an undefeated mark of 3-0 against WAC opponents.
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