Saint Leo's Gina Schifano and Barry's Patrick Rittenauer have been selected Sunshine State Conference Tennis Players of the Week for the period ending March 2.
WOMEN'S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK -- Saint Leo sophomore Gina Schifano (Tampa, Fla.) posted a perfect 8-0 record in singles and doubles action as the Lions went 2-2 and faced three ranked opponents last week. Playing at #5 singles and #3 doubles, she posted a 6-0, 7-5 win over No. 28 Tampa’s Ally Wooten in a 9-0 SLU victory. She also teamed with Veronica Queen for an 8-2 doubles win over Wooten and Lisa Montgomery. In a 6-3 loss to No. 8 Nova Southeastern, Schifano downed Miranda Falzone 6-2, 6-0 in singles and joined Queen for an 8-4 doubles win over Falzone and Elena Vahl. Despite a 7-2 team setback to No. 4 Lynn, she posted a 6-2, 7-5 singles victory over Christine Johnstone and teamed with Queen for an 8-4 doubles win versus Johnstone and Katie Dombrowski.
MEN'S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK -- Barry senior Patrick Rittenauer (Offenau, Germany) won all five of his matches in a week that saw the No. 7 Buccaneers go 2-1. Opening the week with an 8-0 win over Florida Tech, Rittenauer teamed with Ales Svigelj for an 8-3 doubles win. In a 7-2 win over No. 10 Rollins, he posted a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Adrian Tan at #3 singles and teamed with Svigelj for an 8-5 win over 13th-ranked Brian Compton and Jonathan Gomez in #1 doubles. Though his team dropped a close 5-4 decision to No. 3 West Florida, Rittenauer chalked a 6-4, 6-3 singles win over Luiz Bernardi and teamed with Svigelj for an 8-5 doubles win against Eduardo Cavasotti and Carlos Zamora.
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