April 1, 2003
Carbondale, Ill. - The Missouri Valley Conference recognized SIU's Alejandra Blanco as the Women's Tennis Player of the Week Tuesday afternoon. Blanco, a junior, helped the Salukis (4-10) snap a six match losing streak as she went 2-0 this week at No. 1 singles.
Leading the SIU to a 1-0 Missouri Valley Conference start, Blanco defeated Evansville's Jessica Jetton, 6-3, 6-3, knocking off the Aces 6-1 in Evansville. Blanco then beat Eleanor Shearman of Tennessee-Martin, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, to help SIU finish out its non-conference season on a winning note. With the win, Blanco extended her spring singles record to 3-11.
Blanco also joined up with teammate and sister, freshman Maria Blanco, to win at No. 1 doubles against UTM, defeating Eleanor Shearman and Ana Bakran, 8-5. The Blanco sisters are 3-9 in doubles this season.
Blanco, who earned this honor for the first time in her career, is the second consecutive Saluki to take home player of the week honors, joining junior Jessica Knitter who earned the award last week.
April 1, 2003......Alejandro Blanco, SIU
March 25, 2003......Jessica Knitter, SIU
March 17, 2003......Liina Suurvarik, ILS
March, 11, 2003......Cassandra Godfrey, SMS
March 3, 2003......Marta Rubina, SMS
February 24, 2003......Amanda Cervantes, WSU
February 17, 2003......Ia Zozrashvili, SMS
February 10, 2003......Maria Amato, SMS
February 3, 2003.......Liina Suurvarik, ILS
January 30, 2003.......Liina Suurvarik, ILS