STEPHENVILLE – The Western Athletic Conference announced on Wednesday that for the fifth time in nine weeks, the Tarleton tennis team has received at least one of the two weekly awards.
Tarleton’s Deniza Marcinkevica and Martha Makantasi were named the TicketSmarter WAC Doubles Team of the Week for matches played March 7-13.
Playing together for just the second time, Marcinkevica and Makantasi won their only match played on the week, a 6-2 win over Missouri State’s Mary Houston and Mara Presot in the No. 1 flight at a neutral site location on campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State in Durant, Oklahoma.
Their win aided the Texans in improving to 11-3 on the year, their best start to a season in the past eight years. Marcinkevica and Makantasi improved to 2-0 as a duo, both matches played at No. 1. Marcinkevica is 9-2 overall in doubles herself, all at No. 1, while Makantasi is 10-4, 2-0 at No. 1 and 7-2 at No. 3.
This was the ninth week the WAC has dished out weekly awards this tennis season. Five times out of the nine weeks, Tarleton has earned at least one of the two awards distributed, winning both awards three times.
This is the third time Marcinkevica has been on a WAC Doubles Team of the Week this season, and her fourth WAC weekly award of the year total. Makantasi has now won three WAC weekly awards, twice named to the Doubles Team of the Week.
Tarleton’s 2022 WAC weekly honors:
- Week 3: Deniza Marcinkevica, Singles; Deniza Marcinkevica and Jemi Aguilar, Doubles
- Week 6: Martha Makantasi, Singles; Martha Makantasi and Elsa Boisson, Doubles
- Week 8: Celia Vaudiau, Singles
- Week 9: Deniza Marcinkevica and Martha Makantasi, Doubles