SMU’s Tokarieva Named CUSA Player of the Week

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.

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