Carter named Big Sky Conference POTW


Feb. 5, 2013

University of Montana women's tennis sophomore Sasha Carter was selected as the Big Sky Player of the Week for her performance in Montana's road trip to Grand Forks on Feb. 1-2.

Carter, who hails from Bainbridge Island, Wash., went 2-0 in her singles matches and then paired up with teammate junior Maddy Murray to pick up two wins for Montana in doubles matches.

"Sasha has done a great job over the last year of continuing to raise the bar and improve upon her game," says head coach Steve Ascher. "This is great recognition for her hard work and a reward for the team as everyone competed well this weekend."

On Friday, Carter defeated her opponent from Big Sky Conference newcomer North Dakota at the No. 2 singles spot. The sophomore downed Callie Ronkowski in two sets 6-1, 6-1. Then her and Murray helped clinch the doubles point for UM by securing an 8-2 win at the No. 3 doubles spots.

Against South Dakota State on Saturday, Carter played the No. 1 spot in singles and beat Ffion Davies 6-3, 6-1. Then she went on to claim a 8-1 win with Murray at the No. 2 doubles spot.

"I think this weekend went well for the entire team, not just me," says Carter. "I felt like my matches went well. We have all been working so hard and now it's paying off. This weekend was definitely fun."

This is Carter's first time being honored as Player of the Week.

Others that were nominated:

Marian Tangarife - Idaho State
Paulina Lopez - Montana State
Johanna Vang - Northern Arizona
Claire Uhle - Northern Colorado
Afton Staheli - Southern Utah
Kristi Elmer - Weber State



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