Vardanian earns NSU’s second-straight SLC Player of the Week award


Sophomore Iryna Vardanian kept the Southland Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week honors in Natchitoches for the second week in a row as her 3-1 overall record for the week earned the most votes in the conference.

Vardanian’s award follows on the heels of freshman Emilija Dancetovic’s conference-best performance a week ago.

The sophomore from Kiev, Ukraine posted three wins against two former Southland Conference members in Texas State and Texas San Antonio.

Vardanian extended her team-best singles win streak to six matches with a pair of wins over the weekend. She overcame Texas State’s Pippa Carr with a 6-3, 7-5 win on Saturday. She followed her strong performance with a 6-3, 6-1 rolling against the Roadrunners’ Denisa Ibrahimovic on Sunday. Vardanian has played every match of the season in the No. 2 singles position.

Vardanian’s first victory of the weekend came against Texas State’s Eva Dench and Alex Jones in a 6-1 win in doubles with sophomore Polina Mutel on Saturday.

Northwestern State takes a weekend off before squaring off against Grambling State and LSU-Alexandria on Wednesday, March 1. The Lady Demons will then turn around and travel to Sam Houston State on Saturday and Lamar on Sunday to open SLC competition.

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