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Seniors Sweep Weekly C-USA Tennis Laurels

Senior Anastasia Erofeeva won her first-career C-USA Tennis Athlete of the Week honor today.
Senior Anastasia Erofeeva won her first-career C-USA Tennis Athlete of the Week honor today.
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Jan. 31, 2012

IRVING, Texas - Seniors Anastasia Erofeeva and Ashley Watling have been named the Conference USA women's and men's tennis athletes of the week, the league announced today.

Tulsa earns both awards on the same day for the first time this season. The Golden Hurricane also swept the weekly laurels twice last year (March 22, April 19).

Erofeeva picked up her first-career C-USA weekly honor after posting the biggest win of her career at the ITA Kickoff Weekend. She upset No. 40-ranked Joelle Kissell of N.C. State 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. The win was her third-career victory over a ranked opponent and the first against a player inside the top 100.

The senior was also leading No. 24 Natalie Pluskota of Tennessee 6-2, 4-4 before the match was halted in the second round.

Erofeeva is the No. 78-ranked singles player in the nation. She is 3-0 during the dual season at the No. 1 singles spot, and she is third in school history with 95 career singles victories. Her 91 doubles wins are tied for most in program history.

This is the second-straight week a TU woman has won the honor, after sophomore Samantha Vickers brought home the award last week. The Golden Hurricane women have now won at least two weekly honors in the same season in each of the last six years.

Watling earns his first accolade of the year after going 3-0 at the ITA Kickoff Weekend. The senior won his singles match at the No. 2 position in straight sets against Jesus Bandres of East Tennessee State. He was also in a tight, three-set battle with No. 13 Alex Musialek of seventh-ranked Kentucky before the match was halted.

He also teamed with junior Clifford Marsland to win both doubles matches. They defeated Sander Gille and Bandres of ETSU 8-5, and Tulsa sealed the doubles point over host Kentucky after Watling and Marsland took down Eric Quigley and Panav Jha 8-6.



Watling and Marsland are ranked third in the nation in doubles, and Watling is No. 83 in singles.

This is Watling's seventh-career accolade. He won three each his sophomore and junior years.

The TU men host No. 21 Texas Tech at 6 p.m. Feb. 3, while the TU women play host to No. 25 Oklahoma at 12 p.m. (noon) Feb. 4.

Tulsa senior Anastasia Erofeeva - Moscow, Russia

Tulsa senior Ashley Watling - Ipswich, England