The time has come to honor the best tennis players in the country at the D1 level with the honorees for HERO of The Week. Each week we will have a list of nominees for you to vote for that stood out in competition over the week prior.
Voting will take place in the poll at the bottom of this article following the list of nominees. Voting only takes place in the poll, and the voting will close on Friday at 10:00 a.m. PST for each poll.
Without further ado, here are the nominees for HERO of The Week!
Daphne De Chattelus, Georgetown
Against Florida, De Chattelus came away with the only victory for the Hoyas program. It wasn't easy though, as she had to go three sets after dropping the first 4-6, and responding with a pair of 6-3 finishers.
Fernanda Contreras, Vanderbilt
Contreras – the fifth-ranked player in the country – took on a foe from Alabama and swatted her away with ease. Two 6-2 set wins allowed her to claim her second straight win against a ranked team opponent.
Rafaella Baquerizo, Purdue
Against Notre Dame, Baquerizo fought hard to every set finish. After dropping her singles match 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5), the Boilermaker came back with great aplomb as the second pairs team. Her and partner Seira Shimizu were the only winners for PU all day.
Jessica Cantrell, Kennesaw State
Cantrell was the only winner for the Owls in a dual match with Austin Peay. In singles, she took opponent Ana Albertson down in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.
Elise Van Heuleven, Iowa
Van Heuleven was the only winner for Iowa on the day, and that includes both singles and doubles action. In her singles match, she won in nail-biting fashion before a 6-3 win in pairs.
Julia Rosenqvist, California
Rosenqvist was the one winner for Cal in a matchup with Pepperdine, winning her singles bout in three sets. Taking on 13th-ranked Ashley Lahey, Rosenqvist dropped the first set 0-6 before responding with two 6-4 decisions to clinch the dub.
Stephanie Barnett, Nicholls State
Barnett – like many of our nominees – was the only winner for her team in a match with Troy. But the Colonels standout fought hard for her victory, going three sets. In each set, an extra frame was needed and the third set culminated in a huge 10-8 win to make the finally tally 7-6, 6-7, 10-8.