On the heels of a weekend sweep of Alcorn and Texas State, Northwestern State freshman Mariella Minetti has been named Player of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday.
It is the first Player of the Week award in her young career, and Minetti becomes the first Lady Demon to earn Southland Conference Player of the Week honors since Polina Ivanova in 2018.
“This is a nice honor for Mariella,” head coach Patric DuBois said. “She works very hard and has consistently improved since starting her Lady Demon career this past fall.”
At the top spot of the singles rotation, Minetti helped the Lady Demons win a pair of contests in shutout fashion against Alcorn and Texas State.
On Friday, the Tampere, Finland, native defeated Alessandra Maganuco in straight sets 6-2, 6-2. Minetti followed that up with a three-set victory against Texas State’s Rishona Israel-Lewis this past Saturday. After losing the first set 6-1, Minetti came back to win sets two and three by identical 6-3 scores.
Minetti came away with a pair of doubles wins as well, defeating Alcorn 6-3 at the No. 1 position before soundly defeating Texas State 6-1 at No. 2.
She leads NSU into action at home against Southern Miss on Friday and UTSA on Sunday, which concludes a four-match homestand.
Photo Credit: Chris Reich, NSU Photographic Services