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Local college roundup: Brenau's Nazarova named Player of the Week
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Brenau’s Zalina Nazarova has been named NAIA National Women’s Tennis Player of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday.

On April 9, Nazarova secured two of three points for Brenau in a 6-3 loss to No. 3 Auburn-Montgomery. She won her singles match, 6-4, 6-1, against Fernanda Vargas and won in No. 2 doubles, 8-2.

The next day, Nazarova helped Brenau take down Lee University, 9-0. Nazarova was victorious in her singles match, 6-0, 6-1, and in doubles, 8-0.

She then won 6-2, 6-0 in singles against Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta and came away with a 9-8 victory.

With the perfect week, Nazarova has not lost a match, singles or doubles, since March 24.

BRENAU SOFTBALL COACH THOMAS EARNS 300TH WIN: With an 11-1 win against Emmanuel College last Tuesday, the Brenau Golden Tigers won their 27th game of the season and the 300th of coach Devon Thomas’s career.

Over his 10 year career at Brenau, Thomas has coached 38 Southern States Athletic Conference all-conference selections, 58 all-academic selections, two Conference Players of the Year, three league Freshmen of the Year, four NAIA All-Americans and three National Fast Pitch Coaches All-Americans. Thomas was also an National Coach of the Year finalist in both 2009 and 2012.

In his 10 seasons, Thomas has a cumulative record of 300-174, with four seasons of 30-plus wins and three seasons of 40-plus victories.

TIGERS SEEDED FIRST IN SSAC TOURNAMENT: Brenau University enters the Southern States Athletic Conference championship as the No. 2 team in the country and top seed in the championship.

The Golden Tigers are 3-1 in conference and 11-3 overall, with big wins over previously No. 1 William Carey, No. 20 Lee University, and No. 19 SCAD-Atlanta. Brenau also spent two weeks as the No. 1 seed in the NAIA this season. The Golden Tigers are looking for their first conference championship title.

The conference championship runs through Sunday, and the primary location for matches is the Lagoon Park Tennis Center and Auburn University-Montgomery in Montgomery, Ala.

TWO YOUNG HARRIS TENNIS PLAYERS EARN ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS: Jane Plevako was named to the Peach Belt Conference singles first team, while her teammate Charlotte Dawson was an All-Peach Belt Conference second-team choice.

Plevako and Dawson were also picked for the second team in doubles.

Plevako compiled a 18-5 record at No. 1 singles for the Mountain Lions and is currently ranked 15th in the latest ITA NCAA Division II singles rankings.

Dawson finished the second with a 17-5 mark at No. 2 singles for Young Harris. Dawson is currently 18th in the latest ITA NCAA Division II Southeast Regional singles rankings.

Plevako and Dawson, who are ranked 17th nationally by the ITA in doubles, were the top doubles team for the Mountain Lions as they amassed an 18-5 ledger.

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