RICHMOND, Va. – The William & Mary women’s tennis team swept the first Colonial Athletic Association weekly awards released on Wednesday. Sophomore Rosie Cheng was named the league’s player of the week, while junior Clara Tanielian and freshman Vitoria Okuyama garnered the doubles team of the week honor. Cheng picked up the highest nationally-ranked win for a Tribe player since 2015 in the Tribe’s 4-2 win over reigning Big South Champion Winthrop. She knocked of No. 15-ranked Lauren Proctor in three-sets, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, at the top singles post. Proctor is a two-time Big South Player of the Year, won the ITA National Summer Championship and claimed the ITA Carolina Region Singles Championship during the fall. Cheng also led No. 114-ranked Asuka Kawai of Illinois by a set at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend before the match was abandoned with the team results decided. On Jan. 21, she topped Tennessee’s Elizabeth Profit in three-sets, 6-2, 6-7 (2), 10-4, at the No. 2 spot. It was the first CAA Player of the Week honor of Cheng’s career. In doubles, Okuyama and Tanielian are 2-0 to start the dual-match season after going 3-0 during the fall. The pair downed Tennessee’s Tenika McGiffin and Chelsea Sawyer, 6-4, at No. 3, before moving up to No. 2 to better Winthrop’s Alisa Soloveva and Tayla Van Eck, 6-3, at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. It marked the first weekly honor in both Okuyama and Tanielian’s career.
The Tribe returns to action when a pair of matches at Dartmouth this weekend. W&M faces ACC foe Boston College on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m., before facing the Big Green on Sunday at 11 a.m.
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