UMKC’s Alawadhi and IPFW’s Kiefer Claim Final Weekly Awards
ELMHURST, Ill. - UMKC's Abdulrahman Alawadhi and IPFW's Caterina Kiefer were named as The Summit League's men's and women's tennis players of the week for their performances April 17-23. The awards mark the final weekly honors of the 2012 season.
Abdulrahman Alawadhi, UMKC
Jr., Kuwait City, Kuwait (Jaber Mubark Al Subah)
Alawadhi earned his first career award after posting identical 4-0 singles and doubles records during the week. In Summit League play, Alawadhi recorded three straight-set victories at No. 3 singles over South Dakota State's Justin Pyle (2 and 2), Oral Roberts' Pedro Moreno (3 and 0) and Western Illinois' Jim Capalbo (2 and 1). In doubles action, he teamed with Gustavo Guerin for wins over SDSU (8-7 (7-5)), ORU (8-2) and WIU (8-3) tandems. Alawadhi's three league wins helped catapult the Kangaroos into a three-way tie for the regular season title while claiming the top seed in this weekend's Summit League Championship. He owns a nine-match singles win streak and has been victorious in seven of his last eight doubles matches.
Also nominated: Alvaro Gutierrez, Oral Roberts; Parker Lawley, South Dakota State; Patrick Hammers, Western Illinois.
Previous Recipients: Jan. 24 - Grant Fleming, UMKC; Jan. 31 - Roberto Cabrini, IPFW; Feb. 7 - Daniel Kang, IPFW; Feb. 14 - Martin Maudi, IPFW; Feb. 21 - Deon Shafer, IUPUI; Feb. 28 - Ivan Mojsejev, IUPUI; March 6 - Joel Modesitt, IUPUI; March 13 - Parker Lawley, South Dakota State; March 20 - Gustavo Guerin, UMKC; March 27 - Connor Andrews, IPFW; April 3 - Andres Cobos, IPFW; April 10 - Deon Shafer, IUPUI; April 17 - Joao Freitas, IPFW.
Caterina Kiefer, IPFW
Jr., Balingen, Germany (Columbus State (Ga.) Univ.)
Kiefer garnered her first award of the season after a non-league victory over Ball State. Playing the No. 4 singles position against Ashlyn Rang, Kiefer posted a 6-4, 6-3 win and accounted for one of her team's two points in the match. Kiefer extended her win streak to six matches and has won seven of her last nine entering this weekend's Summit League Championship. Her Mastodons finished as regular season runner-up and are the No. 2 seed in the tournament.
Also nominated: Ashley Rettger, Western Illinois.
Previous Recipients: Jan. 24 - Tori Dollar, Oral Roberts; Jan. 31 - Yamini Reddy, South Dakota; Feb. 7 - Anita Henestrosa, IPFW; Feb. 14 - Eva Dalvai, UMKC; Feb. 21 - Madeline Schulte, UMKC; Feb. 28 - Shadi Soleymani, South Dakota; March 6 - Iryna Khatsko, Oral Roberts; March 13 - Bryna Nasenbeny, South Dakota State; March 20 - Olia Tatarchenko, Southern Utah; March 27 - Tori Dollar, Oral Roberts; April 3 - Iryna Khatsko, Oral Roberts; April 10 - Anita Henestrosa, IPFW; April 17 - Iryna Khatsko, Oral Roberts.