Whitehead named SoCon Student-Athlete of the Week
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – UNCG women's tennis player Alex Whitehead was named the Southern Conference Student-Athlete of the Week for March 14-20, the league office announced Wednesday.
Whitehead owns a 4.0 grade point average and is majoring in media studies. The junior from Victoria, Australia, went a combined 3-1 last week as UNCG (7-4, 2-0 SoCon) opened league play with road wins over Samford and Chattanooga.
Against Samford on Saturday, Whitehead teamed with Devon Sutherland for an 8-5 win over the Bulldogs' Rebecca Kirven and Madelie Janse Van Rensburg at No. 2 doubles. In singles play, she dropped a close 6-4, 6-4 decision to Stephanie N'tcha at No. 3.
The next day at Chattanooga, Whitehead and Sutherland clinched the doubles point for the Spartans with an 8-4 win at No. 2. Whitehead then cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 win over Kaylene Chadwell at No. 3 singles.
Whitehead becomes UNCG's second winner of the award this academic year, as Ashley Schnell of the cross country and track teams took the honor on Sept. 21 and Nov. 3. Whitehead is the first UNCG women's tennis player to take the award since teammate Lucy Dougherty on April 6, 2011.
UNCG resumes SoCon play at Davidson on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
2011-2012 Southern Conference Student-Athletes of the Week
Sept. 7 Demetrios Pagonis, Cross Country, Davidson
Sept. 14 Chris Berry, Cross Country, Chattanooga
Sept. 21 Ashley Schnell, Cross Country, UNCG
Sept. 28 Jessica Smith, Women's Soccer, Furman
Oct. 5 Samantha Hodge, Women's Soccer, Western Carolina
Oct. 13 Stephanie Gerow, Women's Soccer, Davidson
Oct. 19 Maggie Seeds, Volleyball, Appalachian State
Oct. 26 Jeremy Buncum, Football, The Citadel
Nov. 3 Ashley Schnell, Cross Country, UNCG
Nov. 9 Kate Van Dyke, Volleyball, Georgia Southern
Nov. 16 Nick Millington, Men's Soccer, Elon
Nov. 30 Kalia'Shea Menendez, Women's Basketball, Western Carolina
Dec. 7 Mitch Allen, Football, Wofford
Dec. 14 Brad Loesing, Men's Basketball, Wofford
Dec. 21 JP Kuhlman, Men's Basketball, Davidson
Jan. 4 Paige Anderson, Women's Basketball, Samford
Jan. 11 Nathan Healy, Men's Basketball, Appalachian State
Jan. 18 Sarah Williamson, Indoor Track & Field, Appalachian State
Jan. 25 Raegan Thompson, Women's Basketball, Furman
Feb. 1 Courtney Freeman, Women's Basketball, Appalachian State
Feb. 8 Demetrios Pagonis, Indoor Track & Field, Davidson
Feb. 15 Haley Pace, Softball, Western Carolina
Feb. 22 Carter Downs, Wrestling, Appalachian State
Feb. 29 Lucas Cotter, Indoor Track & Field, Chattanooga
March 7 Paola Garrido, Women's Tennis, Georgia Southern
March 14 Amy Salek, Outdoor Track & Field, Elon
March 21 Alex Whitehead, Women's Tennis, UNCG
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