The time has come to honor the best tennis players in the country at the D2 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!
Tyanna Washa, Minnesota State
Washa was the only Mankato player to win against Concordia (NY). In her singles match, she took out her opponent in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.
Arisa Takanashi, Harding
Takanashi was arguably the most dominant player at any level this past week, allowing just two games to drop in her two matches. For her singles bout, the top player for the Bison won in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0.
Zhenia Shviadok, Cameron
Shviadok took on a fellow ranked opponent in her team's dual match with Metro State, but one that was ranked sixth to her 34th. But the Aggie star came out on top, defeating her top-10 foe in straight sets.
Larissa Karl, Drury
Karl and her Greyhound teammates were in a big conference matchup with Indy over the last weekend, and it went down to the wire in nearly every match. Karl was matched against UIndy's number one player, who also happens to be ranked second in singles and first in doubles. While she lost in the singles, her and partner Chung Yen-Huang were able to topple Hanna Volikova for a major upset.
Franziska Funke, Tusculum
One of three ranked singles players for Tusculum, Funke showed the most mettle in her team's dual match with Bellarmine. Taking on the Knights' second player, Funke had to go the distance each time in a straight set win, finishing at 7-6, 7-5.
Ana Navas, Nova Southeastern
Navas and her fellow Sharks took on D1 Georgetown in a dual match over the last weekend, and did fairly well for themselves. Coming away with a 4-3 team win, Navas got the action started by taking down the Hoyas' lead player in straight sets.
Maddy Coffman, Midwestern State
Coffman was one of just two singles winners for MSU in their matchup with Central Oklahoma, but her win was absolutely huge. The lead for the Mustangs took down the UCO lead in straight sets, also toppling the 29th-ranked player in the nation.