Kseniia Tokarieva was named the Conference USA Women’s Tennis Player of the Week award after leading her team to an umblemished records last week. Tokarieva went 3-0 at No. 3 doubles and 2-0 at No. 6 singles to help the Mustangs collect victories against No. 28 DePaul, No. 59 Nevada, Louisville and No. 66 Wichita State.
KSENIIA TOKARIEVA – SMU
Sr., Kiev, Ukraine (University of Mississippi)
Tokarieva helped the No. 24 Mustangs down three nationally-ranked teams in a 5-0 week. Against No. 28 DePaul, Tokarieva teamed up with junior partner Nicole Briceno to post a strong an 8-1 win over Gambrell/McKnight. In the first match of the Via Christi Collegiate Classic, Tokarieva and Briceno paired up again to record an 8-5 victory over No. 59 Nevada’s Lombard/Stevens. Collecting her first singles win of the week and her seventh consecutive, Tokarieva downed Louisville’s Sarah Miller, 6-1, 6-2. Tokarieva and Briceno also blanked Miller/Harris in doubles against the Cardinals. Against tournament host No. 66 Wichita State, Tokarieva and Briceno collected their 18th win of the season in an 8-4 win over the Shocker duo of Hanisch/Browning. Tokarieva is currently tied in seventh place for career doubles victories at SMU with 55. In singles against the Shockers, Tokarieva ousted Hanisch in straigh sets. Tokarieva improved to team-best 15-1 with eight consecutive victories in dual match singles play. The senior is now 18-1 in doubles competition on the spring with 14 straight wins. This is Tokarieva’s second career weekly honor (Feb. 26, 2008) and her first in 2009.