Weekly honors of the week: Auburn, Ole Miss, Texas AeM


Here are the nominees for the honors of the week. As reported by SEC website, here’s who received the tennis honors of the week.


Mary Stoiana, for Texas A&M, is the player of the week. The SEC website explained: “In the Aggies opener No. 10 Mary Stoiana and partner Branstine were up and at match point (6-6(6-5)) playing court when the Panthers claimed the doubles point leaving their match unfinished. In singles it was more of the same as No. 9 Stoiana was once again at match point when the four singles points A&M required to win were claimed, Mary was leading the match 6-0, 3-6, 5-1 (40-15) before conclusion.On the second match her and partner Branstine faced off against Ohio States No. 11 Sydni Ratliff/Irina Cantos taking the win for A&M (6-2).The doubles win over Ohio State secured the pairings seventh win of the season while also staying undefeated as a duo. Singles saw Stoiana in a top 25 ranked matchup, as she faced the top ranked Buckeye No. 22 Ratliff. The pair traded sets early, but it was Stoiana who outlasted Ratliff and put on a dominating performance in the third set to tack on another point onto A&M’s second win versus the No. 2 ranked Ohio State Bucke yes this season (5-2). In the Aggies final match versus No. 63 Northwestern Stoiana’s doubles match was left unfinished. In singles Stoiana faced Maria Shusharina and went to work once again, Stoiana won the match in straight sets (6-3, 6-2) claiming an important third point for the Maroon & White. Stoiana’s performance this week improved her to an undefeated 7-0 in doubles play and a 7-1 record boasting a pair of wins this week.”

Mia Kupres, also for Texas A&M, is the freshman of the week. The SEC website analyzes: “In A&M’s opener No. 121 Mia Kupres struck first in singles for the Aggies which was crucial to flip the momentum as the Panthers won the doubles point, she dominated her opponent on court 4 winning the match versus Kamila Umarova ( 6-2, 6-0) this was her seventh straight win as she remained undefeated in singles since joining the Aggies.Two days later A&M faced No. 2 Ohio State for the second time this season, and Kupres once again showed her class as she defeated the Buckeyes No. 105 Shelly Bereznyak on court 4 (4-6, 6-0, 6-2).Her win clinched the match for the Aggies as she secured the fourth crucial point for A&M.In the final match of the three Kupres and partner Gianna Pielet secured a win on court 3 (6-3) which clinched the doubles point.Kupres continued that momentum into singles, she defeated Northwestern’s only ranked player No. 99 Christina Hand on court 3 (6-2, 6 -4), securing her second-ranked win of the week and third of her career.”


Finn Murgett, for Auburn is the tennis player of the week. The SEC website explained: “Murgett, had a perfect weekend for Auburn at the Blue-Gray National Tennis Classic by winning all three of his singles matches on court four (Dimitrios Azodis, Texas Tech, 6-2, 6-1; Ondrej Horak , Middle Tennessee, 6-3, 6-4; Nick Lagaev, Arizona, 6-1, 6-1) as well as both of his doubles matches on court one alongside partner Raul Dobai (Rocha/Brostrom Poulsen, Middle Tennessee, 7 -6; Ziverts/Friend, Arizona, 6-2).Murgett set the tone for Auburn, as his singles matches were the first to finish against each of Auburn’s three opponents and each victory was in just two sets.Murgett’s dominating performance over the weekend earned him 2023 Blue-Gray National Tennis Classic MVP honors after the Tigers claimed their first Blue-Gray championship since 1984 on Saturday night.”

Isac Strömberg, from Ole Miss, is the freshman of the week. The SEC website reports: “Strömberg, finished a perfect 3-0 in singles play for the Rebels on the week, now improving to a four-match win streak in singles action. Started his week by earning a pair of straight set wins in No 5 singles over both of his Alabama State opponents Grabbed the match-clinching win for the Rebels in No. 6 singles to secure the team’s first-ranked win of the season over No. 68 SMU Helped increase the team’s win streak to four straight matches now, aiding in the Rebels undefeated record on the week. Found a doubles win on the week with a 7-6(4) win alongside Walker Stearns in the team’s first match versus ASU. Has become the fastest Rebel freshman to reach six dual singles wins since 2020.”

Photo Credits: SEC website

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