For Immediate Release
March 28, 2018
Cameron University Athletics
Kenton Means – Sports Information Director
RICHARDSON, Texas – The Cameron University tennis program swept the Lone Star Conference weekly tennis honors this week as Melany Opolz and Julen Gutierrez were recognized by the league office on Wednesday.
Opolz, a freshman from Ituzaingo, Argentina, was one of the key contributors in the Aggies 3-0 record last week. The freshman notched a 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 4 against Emporia State and then came back to win in three sets against Northwest Missouri. Opolz then recorded one of her best wins of her young career with a two set win over Drury’s No. 4 in the 7-2 upset of the No. 12 Panthers. She and teammate Rebeka Velasova also went 2-0 in doubles play, winning 8-3 over Northwest Missouri’s No. 3 pairing and 8-0 over Drury’s No. 3 duo.
Gutierrez, who is a sophomore from Barcelona, Spain, went a perfect 3-0 in both singles and doubles this week, leading the Aggie men to a 2-1 record. The sophomore started the week by winning 6-3, 6-3 at No. 3 against Emporia State. He then won in three sets, 7-6, 3-6, 10-0, against Northwest Missouri’s No. 3. Gutierrez was then a key cog in the CU’s 5-4 upset of No. 9 Drury on Saturday. He notched one of the Aggies’ two singles wins, winning 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3. Gutierrez and Stefan Svicevic also went 3-0 as a pairing playing at the No. 2 doubles spot.
Opolz and the CU women will play their first Lone Star Conference matches Thursday and Friday, March 29-30, while Gutierrez and the Aggie men won’t play again until Tuesday, April 3.
LAWTON, Okla. – The Aggie tennis teams moved up in the Oracle/ITA Tennis rankings this week, as the Aggie women are now ranked No. 17 and the CU men are now No. 37.
Cameron’s women’s team jumped from No. 25 to No. 17 after going 3-0 last week including a dominant upset win over No. 12 Drury. Individually, Zhenia Shviadok moved up to No. 18 as an individual, while Shviadok and her doubles partner, Mathilde Thibaudat, are now ranked No. 15 in the doubles rankings.
The CU men, who were previously not ranked, made an impression this week with their 2-1 record, jumping up to No. 37 as a team. Their win over No. 9 Drury was a big key to their jump into the top-50. Przemyslaw Zielinski moved from No. 34 last week to being ranked the 19th best player in Division II. Stefan Svicevic and Julen Gutierrez strong play at No. 2 doubles has earned them a spot in the rankings, as they are ranked No. 22 as a pair.
The Aggie women will begin Lone Star Conference play this week as they visit Angelo State on Thursday, March 29, and then Texas A&M-Kingsville on Friday, March 30. CU’s men will not compete again until Tuesday, April 3, when the visit Seminole State.
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