Waters Named Big Sky Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week
OGDEN, Utah – Junior Shaun Waters was named the Big Sky Conference's men's tennis Player of the Week the conference announced on Tuesday after winning five of his six total matches last weekend. Waters went a perfect 3-0 in singles play and posted a 2-1 record in doubles play partnering with freshman Trevor Unger during the Lumberjacks' 1-2 weekend in Las Vegas, Nev.
Waters began the weekend with a singles win at No. 3 on Friday, one of two NAU singles victories over No. 73 Ball State, defeating Zane Smith, 6-2, 6-4 in the Lumberjacks' 5-2 loss to the nationally-ranked Cardinals.
He then moved up to No. 2 singles for the first time this season on Saturday and responded with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Utah State's Fredrik Peterson as part of NAU's 5-2 victory over the Aggies. He followed that up by claiming the Lumberjacks' only team point in their 6-1 loss to UNLV on Sunday with a three-set victory at No. 2 singles, defeating Alex Bull, 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6) after dropping the first set.
In doubles play, Waters and Unger won at No. 1, 8-6, over their opponents from Utah State and UNLV following a loss to Ball State to start the weekend. Their win against the Rebels' Brian Kenyon and Bernard Schoeman was the team's only doubles win on Sunday.
The Melbourne, Australia native, in his first season at NAU after playing his first two years at Middle Tennessee State, is tops on the Lumberjack squad with a 7-4 singles record. Since his season-opening loss to then No. 55 Arizona's Sumeet Shinde, he's won seven of his last 10 matches, moving his way up the NAU lineup after starting the season at No. 4. Waters also has a 3-3 doubles record with Unger and the duo has won three of their last four matches.
The weekly conference honor was the Lumberjacks' first on the men's side since Hugo Ramadier won it last season for the week of March 16-22 and the first overall for the tennis programs since Edit Suhajda was named the women's Player of the Week for the week of April 12-20, 2011.