NEW ORLEANS (SunBeltSports.com) – Sophomores Christoph Lang of Middle Tennessee and Tamara Slijepcevic from Arkansas State earned Sun Belt Conference Men's and Women's Athlete of the Week, respectively, the league office announced on Wednesday.
Lang, a Vienna, Austria product, registered a big week for the Blue Raiders, going 3-0 in singles to play help Middle Tennessee take first place in the MT Shootout over the weekend. Lang set the tone for MT in the first round against DePaul, winning the first singles point by defeating Mathias Hambach, 6-3, 7-5.
From there, Lang continued his hot play in the second round with a 6-2, 6-2, match-clinching victory over South Alabama's Gerhar Gruindelingh. With the Blue Raiders down 2-0 in the championship round, Lang defeated Georgia State's Thomas Cook, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, to start an MT comeback that brought home the title.
Lang is the second Blue Raider to win SBC Athlete of the Week honors on the men's side as Victor Cornea earned the honors on March 13. The team will be back in action on Saturday as they host Southern Mississippi and Morehead State.
Slijepcevic, a native of Novi Sad, Serbia, went 2-0 on the week in singles play and was also 2-0 with doubles partner Jess Heeps-Eriksen. Slijepcevic defeated Sophie Van den Aarssen of Louisiana-Lafayette 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in singles play. In doubles play, Slijepcevic and Heeps-Eriksen defeated the 79th ranked doubles pair in the nation of Burckhartt/Clement of ULL by a score of 8-5.
The Red Wolves defeated Nicholls State in their next match 5-2 and Slijepcevic won her singles match over Marie Aubert in straight sets 7-5, 6-1. Slijepcevic and Heeps-Eriksen teamed up to defeat Pitre/Gauthier 8-2 in doubles play.
Slijepcevic earned her second career SBC Athlete of the Week accolade after winning on April 17, 2012 as a freshman. She is the first ASU student-athlete to win the award this season. The Red Wolves will be back on the court to take on Tulane on Friday and Middle Tennessee on Sunday.