Feb. 23, 2011
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn sophomore Plamena Kurteva earned her first conference accolade of the season as she was named SEC Women's Tennis Player of the Week, the league office announced on Wednesday.
"This is a testament of how hard Plamena (Kurteva) has been working and the progress she's making this year," head coach Tim Gray said.
Kurteva tallied a pair of singles and doubles victories Saturday as the Tigers hosted Alabama A&M and Memphis at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.
Against Alabama A&M, Kurteva and partner Paulina Schippers came away with an 8-0 victory over Jasmine Cherry and Kara Kennemore. The Plovdiv, Bulgaria, native continued with a 6-0, 6-0 defeat against Christa Rogers in singles competition.
In Saturday's final match against Memphis, Kurteva and Schippers won Auburn's first doubles match against Kelly Gray and Kathleen Hawkins, 8-3. In singles, Kurteva secured Auburn's victory by defeating Kathleen Hawkins in two sets, 6-3, 6-1.
Up next for Auburn is the Blue-Gray Invitational. The three-day tournament will be held in Montgomery, Ala., from Feb. 25-27. The Tigers will then open SEC play with matches against Georgia and Tennessee on March 4 and 6.