ETSU’s Akser Leads Team, Earns First Weekly Award

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

MACON, Ga. – Robin Akser leads ETSU with a 4-2 overall record in singles this spring and holds a team-best 3-1 mark in dual matches. For his performance this week, Akser claimed the first Player of the Week award of his career, the conference office announced on Wednesday.

Akser notched a strong week for ETSU, going unbeaten in all four of his matches. The second-year Buc picked up four total wins against Elon and William and Mary. In singles action, Akser cruised past Ilja Orre of formerly ranked William and Mary, 6-2, 6-3, on Friday and Cody MacDowell of No. 72 Elon, 6-1, 6-4, on Saturday.

In doubles action, Akser and teammate Daniel Isaza continued to roll as the ETSU duo outlasted the Tribe’s Sebastein Vidal and Jamie Whiteford, 8-6, and Phoenix’s MacDowell and Thomas Darling, 8-2. This past weekend, the Ornskoldsvik, Sweden native stood as the deciding factor in the match at William and Mary, as Akser clinched the 4-3 win with his triumph in singles.

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Other Top Performers
Michael Langel, Kennesaw State (So. - Doubles/Singles - Roswell, Ga. - Undeclared) – Langel led the second-year Kennesaw State Owls to their first win of the season, defeating Austin Peay, 4-3. Langel won at No. 4 singles, defeating Renan Bezerra in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5. Langel, along with Simon Janik, won at No. 2 doubles when they stopped Amar Subasic/Renan Bezerra, 8-6, to claim the doubles point.

Peter Tauchner, Mercer (Fr. - No. 2 Singles, No. I Doubles - Bad Voslau, Austria - Business) – Tauchner only lost two games in two dominating singles wins for Mercer. The business major also claimed two doubles wins as the Bears opened the spring season with a 2-0 tally. Tauchner topped Alabama State’s Lex Pierre, 6-1, 6-1, in Sunday's opener and then blanked Fort Valley State’s Tomy Williams, 6-0, 6-0. In doubles play, Tauchner and teammate Victor Dias defeated both ASU, 8-4, and FVSU, 8-2.