Rice’s Bruno Rosa, ranked No. 46 in the latest ITA singles rankings, is the Conference USA Men’s Tennis Player of the Week. Rosa won all three of his matches in straight sets, including a defeat of No. 45 Ed Corrie of 11th-ranked Texas 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 2 spot. The junior followed that up with two more straight set wins at the No. 1 line. Houston’s Joanna Kacprzyk is the Women’s Tennis Player of the Week. The sophomore went 3-0 in both singles and doubles last week to help the Cougars run their spring record to 15-2.
MEN’S TENNIS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (3/24)
BRUNO ROSA – Rice
Jr., Florianopolis, Brazil (Coopereduca School)
Rosa won all three of his matches last week in straight sets, including a defeat of No. 45 Ed Corrie of 11th-ranked Texas 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 2 spot. In the 51st Annual Rice Invitational, Rosa first took down Achim Ceban 6-2, 6-2, of San Diego at the No. 1 spot to help the No. 36 Owls sweep the No. 38 Toreros. The junior then rolled past Texas A&M Corpus Christi’s Mikhail Pavlov 6-0, 6-4 also at the top singles line as the Owls narrlowly downed the No. 39 Islanders, 4-3. His final singles match in the Rice Invitational went unfinished when Rice swept past Texas-Pan American, 4-0. Ros has now won his last six matches all in straight sets. The weekly honor is the fifth of Rosa’s career and his first in 2009.
WOMEN’S TENNIS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (3/24)
JOANNA KACPRZYK – Houston
So., Warsaw, Poland (Clifton High School)
Kacprzyk helped the Cougars impove to 15-2 this spring as she went 3-0 in both singles and doubles in wins against Weber State, Utah State and Idaho State last week. All three of her singles wins came at the No. 2 spot, while she paired with Lynley Wasson to notch two wins at the No. 2 line and a win at No. 1. Against Utah State, she battled Bridgette Strickland in her only three-set match of the week and was able to previal 6-2, 3-6, 6-1. The sophomore is 12-4 in singles during the spring season, including a 4-0 record at the No. 2 spot and has won eight of her last 10 singles matches. In doubles with Wasson, the duo hold a 10-4 mark. This is the first career weekly honor for Kacprzyk.