South Dakota State’s Souza Named Player of the Week

South Dakota State’s Souza Named Player of the Week

ELMHURST, Ill. – South Dakota State's Beatriz Souza was named as The Summit League's women's tennis player of the week for her performance Feb. 19-25.

Beatriz Souza, South Dakota State
Fr., Parana, Brazil
Souza receives her first career award after a perfect 6-0 combined singles and doubles record during the week. Playing the No. 4 singles position, all three of Souza's wins came in straight sets, including victories over Northern Iowa's Jessica King (7-6 (7-5), 6-4) and Green Bay's Rebecca Nelson (4 and 3). At No. 3 doubles, Souza teamed for an 8-7 (7-5) win over UNI and an 8-6 triumph over UWGB. Souza evened her season singles record at 5-5 and has a 5-2 mark in doubles play.

Also nominated: Caterina Kiefer, Fort Wayne; Vanessa Whyte, IUPUI; Tamara Blum, Oakland; Veronika Makashov, South Dakota.

Previous recipients: 1/28 – Ffion Davies, South Dakota State; 2/5 – Eva Dalvai, Kansas City; 2/12 – Caterina Kiefer, Fort Wayne; 2/19 – Maddie Schulte, Kansas City.

Entering its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 144,000 at nine universities, four of which are located in top 58 U.S. metro populations (Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City and Omaha). Member institutions include: Fort Wayne (Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), Kansas City (University of Missouri-Kansas City), North Dakota State University, Oakland University, Omaha (University of  Nebraska Omaha), the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced 54 All-Americans, 37 Academic All-America selections and seven NCAA Championships. For more information about the league and its history, visit to "See The Summit" or follow on Twitter @thesummitleague.