SEMO ROUNDUP: Southeast women's tennis grabs third win in a row

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Southeast Missouri State women's tennis team continued its winning ways with a third straight victory, as it took down Lipscomb 4-1 on Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee.

SEMO (8-3) won twice in doubles play, with Isabella Krupa and Oleksandra Doroshenko taking their match 6-3 and the pair of Mila Majtan and Ana Canahuate-Torres winning by default, with Lipscomb (3-10) unable to field three doubles teams.

In singles action, No. 2 Doroshenko and No. 3 Kseniya Zonova won tight matches and Lipscomb was forced to forfeit the bottom position.

The Redhawks are back on the court when they Ohio Valley Conference play Friday at Eastern Kentucky.

Weekly tennis honors

Southeast freshman Doroshenko was named the Ohio Valley Conference Female Athlete of the Week after going 4-0 last weekend.

She paired with Krupa for a pair of doubles victories at the top of the lineup, and she lost only one point in her singles matchup against Maryville, winning 6-0, 6-1. She took a three-set victory vs. Evansville to help SEMO to a team win.

"Oleksandra is very deserving of the award this week," Southeast coach Mary Beth Gunn said in a news release. "I am very proud of how her game is developing as a freshman."

It is the second time Doroshenko has been recognized with a weekly award this season, becoming the first Redhawk to grab multiple honors in the same season in a decade, dating back to Bryce Kristal in 2007.

Sportsmanship award

The Southeast men's track and field team was honored with the 2016-17 Team Sportsmanship Award for indoor competition, the OVC announced Wednesday.

The award recognizes sportsmanship within the league and is voted on by student-athletes and coaches of the respective sports.

The honor is bestowed upon the group deemed to have best exhibited sportsmanship and ethical behavior as laid out by both the OVC and the NCAA.

In the award's 11th year of existence, the Redhawk men have now received the honor three times. SEMO was previously recognized in 2011 and 2015.

On the track, Southeast finished fifth at this season's OVC Indoor Track and Field Championship.

"It's an honor to be recognized by our peers in the OVC," Southeast coach Eric Crumpecker said in a news release. "We always try to conduct ourselves with dignity and class whether we win or lose."

The outdoor season begins this weekend at the Rhodes College Invitational in Memphis, Tennessee.

Gymnastics award

SEMO gymnast McKinzie Jones was announced Wednesday as the Midwest Independent Conference Specialist of the Week.

The sophomore twice posted scores of 9.800 or better against Western Michigan, and she collected the title on the beam.

Her 9.850 on the beam was a season high for Jones, who also placed third on floor with a 9.800.

"McKinzie has truley earned this recognition by the conference," Southeast coach Kristi Ewasko said in a news release. "She focuses on the details at every practice and holds herself to high standards. ... Kinzie is a joy to coach and I look forward to her receiving many more honors throughout her career."

The awards is Jones' first honor this season and second of her career.

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