WSU's Drenth and Ruyssen named GLIAC Tennis Players of the Week

WSU's Drenth and Ruyssen named GLIAC Tennis Players of the Week

GLIAC -- The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) has announced its third tennis weekly awards for the 2024 campaign. Wayne State swept the awards, with junior Cedric Drenth earning men's player of the week recognition and redshirt junior Anais Ruyssen receiving women's player of the week accolades. 

MEN'S PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cedric Drenth, Wayne State

Wayne State University junior Cedric Drenth (Sulzbach, Germany) collected his second Player of the Week recognition in three weeks to begin the 2024 campaign, following strong performances in both singles and doubles for the Warriors at the ITA National Indoor Championship in Indianapolis, Ind.  Drenth went 3-0 within the individual category over the weekend, with two victories over nationally ranked players.  On Friday vs. second-ranked Barry, the German faced the third-ranked player in the country, Adam Lynch, and tallied a 6-1, 6-2 win.  After defeating David Simeonov of #7-Indianapolis by set scores of 6-1 and 6-3 on Saturday, the junior downed 17th-ranked Sebastian Sotelo of #5-West Florida 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 on Sunday to conclude his singles weekend (all at the No. 2 position) with a spotless record.  Drenth and his doubles partner Daniel Grey notched a pair of triumphs at the first flight, including 6-3 vs. the Buccaneers and 7-6 (7-2) against the Argonauts.  He was named Player of the Week for the fifth time in his collegiate career.

WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Anais Ruyssen, Wayne State

Wayne State University redshirt junior Anais Ruyssen (Nantes, France) helped WSU rebound from a pair of losses against Washburn and Indianapolis to earn two wins this past week over Northwestern Ohio (#24 in NAIA) and #25-Findlay.  The redshirt junior won both singles and doubles contests (with Marta Komar) against her opponents from UNOH and UF for a 4-0 overall record.  Ruyssen downed the Racers' Alizee Ripolles 6-2, 6-2 at the first flight on Thursday, before securing her second singles victory of the week against a challenging Findlay opponent in Anamarija Kovacevic.  After dropping the opening set 6-4, the Warrior recovered for set wins of 7-6 (7-2) and 7-5 to grab the comeback victory.  Her performance on Saturday against the Oilers aided the Green and Gold in claiming a narrow 4-3 victory, the team's first win over a ranked Division II opponent this season.  In doubles, Ruyssen and Komar claimed triumphs of 6-2 and 6-1, respectively, both from the No. 1 position.  It's the third Player of the Week honors for the redshirt junior in her career, following one time each in 2023 and 2022.