SMU junior Marta Lesniak, Tulsa sophomore Marcelo Arevalo and UCF freshman Matthew Gladstone posted impressive performances to earn the C-USA October Athlete of the Month honors. Lesniak, earning her second-straight monthly honor, went 10-2 in singles play, including a 6-1 mark against ranked opponents, en route to qualifying for the ITA National Indoor Championships. Arevalo posted the biggest win of his career, downing No. 1-ranked John Patrick Smith of Tennessee in straight sets at the D’Novo/ITA All-American Championships. Gladstone was perfect for the month, going 7-0 in singles play and 6-0 in doubles competition in just his second month of collegiate tennis action.
WOMEN’S TENNIS ATHLETE OF THE MONTH (OCT.)
MARTA LESNIAK – SMU
Junior – Wroclaw, Poland
Lesniak, ranked 22nd in the nation, went 10-2 in singles with a 6-1 mark against ranked opponents in October as she advanced to the quarterfinal round of the ITA All-American and the title match of the ITA Regional. Lesniak’s 6-1 mark against ranked singles competition included straight-set wins over No. 20 and No. 33 players. Her only loss to a ranked foe came in a third-set tiebreaker to No. 7 Denise Dy of Washington in the quarterfinal at the ITA All-American. In doubles, Lesniak partnered with Heather Steinbauer as the No. 47 ranked pair also reached the doubles title match at the ITA Regional. That followed a trip to the qualifying round of 16 at the ITA All-American. As a result of advancing to the quarterfinals at the Riviera ITA All-American Tournament, Lesniak qualified for the ITA National Indoor Championships that begins Nov. 4 in Flushing, N.Y. Lesniak earns her third Athlete of the Month honor of her career and second-consecutive honor of the season.