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Abilene Christian’s Sheehy, Central Arkansas’ Ishimura Claim Season’s First Weekly Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Josh Sheehy and Central Arkansas’ Mei Ishimura are the Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Sheehy earned two singles wins as the Wildcats (2-2) picked up two road wins over Azusa Pacific and Pepperdine before falling to No. 9 Texas A&M 7-0 on Sunday. ACU returns to the courts this weekend for four matches in the Sooner State against Oklahoma Baptist, Oral Roberts, Nebraska-Omaha and Tulsa.The Sugar Bears (2-1) swept Alabama A&M 7-0 to open the season and followed it up with a 4-1 victory over Mercer before being edged by Auburn 4-3. Ishimura combined for five wins over the weekend in singles and doubles play. UCA is idle this weekend before going up to Tulsa to face Oral Roberts and Tulsa on Feb. 2. Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – Josh Sheehy – Sr. – Arlington, TexasSheehy claimed top-line victories against both Pepperdine and Azusa Pacific, who’s ranked No. 13 at the Division II level. On Sunday, he went toe-to-toe with Texas A&M’s Juan Carlos Aguilar, the 89th-ranked player in Division I, before falling in the final frame 6-4. Honorable Mention: Gabriel Evans, Incarnate Word.Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Mei Ishimura – Fr. – Sapporo, JapanAfter dropping her first collegiate set, Ishimura won the next four to secure two of her four combined wins in as many matches on Saturday against Alabama A&M and Mercer. Against Auburn the following day, she outlasted the Tigers’ Sophia Graver to finish perfect in singles play on the week. Honorable Mention: Judit Castillo Gargallo, Northwestern State; Nini Memishishi, Abilene Christian; Sahaja Yamalapalli, Sam Houston State.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more