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by: David S. Williams
Espie and Bukajeva Earn A-Sun Weekly Accolades
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  03/13/2013
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MACON, Ga. - Sophomore Chester Espie (Auckland, New Zealand) and junior Diana Bukajeva (Riga, Latvia) were named the Atlantic Sun Conference Men's and Women's Tennis Players of the Week on Wednesday, as announced by the league.

Espie went undefeated in both singles and doubles play this past week on his way to earning his first career honor from the conference. In singles, Espie went 4-0 with three coming from the number six singles position, and one from the number five spot. His four singles wins extended his current winning streak to 20 matches, putting him in a tie for the school record.

Bukajeva won a combined five matches between singles and doubles this week to earn her second career weekly honor, and her first of the season. In singles, she went 3-0 without dropping a set from the number three singles position. She helped lead the Hatters to a 2-1 record this week, and has won 13 straight singles matches, dating back to last season.

The men's team won four matches this week to improve to 8-0, while the women's team got back over the .500 mark, improving to 5-4 on the season.

Both teams will begin conference play on Thursday, with Atlantic Sun Conference newcomer Northern Kentucky coming to town. The women will play at 12:00 p.m. and the men will begin tentatively at 4:00 p.m. at the Mandy Stoll Tennis Center. 

Stetson Men's Tennis