Stefan Voted ACC Co-Player of the Week
April 17, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Freshman Vlad Stefan has been voted the Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Tennis Co-Player of the Week, along with North Carolina's Jose Hernandez, the league announced Tuesday.
Stefan, who went a combined 4-0 over the weekend, is the first Maryland men's tennis player to earn Player of the Week honors since Haris Causevic earned the award April 8, 2002.
Stefan upset 26th-ranked Chris Mengel of Duke in straight sets Friday, and closed the weekend with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-0 defeat of 103rd-ranked Brennan Boyajian of North Carolina on Sunday.
Stefan's victory over Boyajian helped the 70th-ranked Terps (7-14, 4-7 ACC) defeat the 18th-ranked Tar Heels for the first time in 22 years and secure Maryland's fourth conference win of the season, which is the most since 1990.
In doubles action, Stefan paired with junior Tommy Laine and knocked off Duke's Raphael Hemmeler and Cale Hammond, 8-3, and dispatched of North Carolina's Boyajian and Cameron Ahari, 8-4.
The Terps are seeded ninth in this week's ACC Tournament in Cary, N.C. Maryland faces eighth-seeded Georgia Tech Thursday at 9 a.m.