Illinois State’s Alexander Pelaez and Drake’s Gabriela Demos are named this week’s Missouri Valley Conference Tennis Athletes of the Week.
Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week
Alexander Pelaez, Illinois State, SO., Havana, Cuba
Illinois State sophomore Alexander Pelaez picked up victories in both singles and doubles last weekend, contributing to Illinois State’s 4-3 victory over Wichita State. Pelaez defeated Marinescu (WSU) 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 singles and also coupled with Miljevic (ISU) to def. Marinescu/Nicol (WSU) 8-5 at No. 1 doubles. Pelaez is now 2-1 in both singles and doubles in conference play. He leads the team in singles victories with 28 total on the season, now needing two more to crack the top-5 in single-season wins in ISU’s history.
Other Notable Performances:
Jean Erasmus, Drake, SO., Windhoek, Namibia
Sophomore Jean Erasmus continued his strong run of tennis helping the Bulldogs clinch at least a share of the MVC regular season title with a pair of victories over Southern Illinois on Sunday (April 17). In doubles, he paired with James McKie to notch an 8-5 triumph over Jorge Cavero and Carlos Do Val at the No. 2 slot for the duo's fourth straight victory as well as the eighth in the tandem's last 10 matches. In singles, he clinched Drake's 12 consecutive triumph with a 7-5, 6-3 decision past Brandon Florez at No. 3 singles. The victory was Erasmus' 10 straight singles win and gave him a team-high 29 singles triumphs. On the season, he boasts a 50-15 combined singles/doubles ledger, including a team-best 29 doubles victories.
David Cavalcanti, Wichita State, JR., Porto Alegre, Brazil
David was 2-0 in both singles and doubles and helped the Shockers go 1-1 against Illinois State and Bradley. He defeated Arther Romanet of Bradley, 7-6, 6-2 and Tuomas Manner of Illinois State, 6-3, 6-4 in two No. 4 matches. In doubles he and Matheus Pereira defeated Hamish Weerasinghe and Justin Abrams of Bradley, 8-6 in a No. 1 match and Timon Reichelt and Manner of Illinois State, 7-6 in a No. 2 match.
Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week
Gabriela Demos, Drake, JR., Chesterfield, Mo.
Junior Gabriela Demos helped spark Drake to a perfect 2-0 mark last week on the strength of a 4-0 combined singles/doubles ledger. The two wins by the Bulldogs helped ensure Drake's first winning season since 2006. She began her week pairing with Manca Krizman at No. 1 doubles to down Kate Chybowski and Dora Kotsiou, 8-5, before registering a 6-2, 6-2 decision over Kotsiou at No. 2 singles. In Drake's victory over Southern Illinois last Sunday (April 17), Demos
and Krizman clinched the doubles point besting Melanie Delsart and Jennifer Dien, 8-4. Demos turned in the most impressive of her outings overcoming a 4-1 second-set deficit to down Anita Lee, 6-2, 7-6 (5). On the season, Demos owns a 29-20 combined singles/doubles mark.
Other Notable Performances:
Kate Chybowski, Evansville, SR., Appleton, Wis.
The University of Evansville's all-time leader in singles victories and total victories, Chybowski added two more last weekend at number one singles. She defeated Drake's Manca Krizman 6-2, 6-4 on Saturday, and beat UNI's Phoebe Walker 5-7, 7-5, 10-5 on Sunday. Chybowski is now 14-2 at number one singles this spring, including 4-1 against MVC opponents. Chybowski ranks number one in Evansville history with 104 singles victories and 182 total victories. She is third in school history with 78 doubles victories.
Delia Damaschin, Wichita State, JR., Onesti, Romania
Delia was 3-0 in singles and 3-0 (with a default win) this weekend in helping the Shockers go 2-1 with wins over Bradley and Illinois State and their lone defeat was to No. 32 SMU. Delia defeated Meredith McDonagh of Bradley, 6-0, 6-0 in a No. 3 match, Shazoda Hatamova of SMU, 2-6, 6-4, 10-7 in a No.5 match and Hannah Esker of Illinois State, 6-2, 6-0 in a No. 5
match. Her and Carla Venticinque defeated Hatamova and Chelsea Turpin of SMU, 8-3 and Carolina Abello and Heather Nisbet of Illinois State, 8-7. Bradley defaulted in their No. 3 match against Damaschin and Venticinque.