AKIPRESS.COM - After extending her unbeaten streak to seven consecutive singles matches, Longwood women's tennis freshman Emma Nurgazieva hauled in her first Big South Freshman of the Week accolade, the conference announced Tuesday, Virginian public liberal arts university Longwood University said.
Nurgazieva, who is now a perfect 7-0 in singles play to begin her collegiate career, handled every foe she faced last week, winning both singles bouts and both doubles bouts as the Lancers swept Southern Virginia 7-0 and fell at N.C. Central 4-3.
A native of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Nurgazieva was perfect in her week-opening singles bout at Southern Virginia, sweeping Morgan Blount 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 5 slot. After that win, she was promoted to Longwood's No. 4 slot for the first time this season and responded with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 comeback victory over N.C. Central's Sofia Miller.
In doubles play, Nurgazieva was the common denominator in a pair of No. 2 wins, pairing with fellow freshman Anika Tylek to sweep Southern Virginia's Rachel Christensen and Audrey McBride 8-0, and then teaming up with junior Marija Venta to dispatch N.C. Central's Ivana Dragovic and Maru Berghause, 6-2.
The freshman of the week honor is the fourth Big South award hauled in by the Longwood men's and women's tennis program and the first for the women's team. Nurgazieva is now one of two Lancers to receive freshman of the week accolades, joining men's counterpart Guillermo Cagigas, who has won the award twice. Lancer junior Amadeo Blasco also received Big South Player of the Week honors earlier this season.
Now 7-0 in singles and 4-2 in doubles this spring, Nurgazieva is one of five Lancers with a winning singles record during a season-opening tear that has seen Longwood jump out to a 5-2 start under first-year head coach and second-year director of tennis Jhonnatan Medina Alvarez.