The UTR ITA Players of the Week are Arkansas’ Morgan Cross and NC State’s Robin Catry. The Razorback freshman notched some big wins in singles and doubles while remaining undefeated in singles on the season. During NC State’s match against Georgia, Catry came up big in doubles and helped the Wolfpack secure the point.
The UTR ITA Player of the Week award is entering year two of being awarded. The UTR ITA Player of the Week awards program honors male and female individuals from all five divisions (NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, and Junior College) with weekly awards during the spring dual-match season.
Morgan Cross | Arkansas | UTR 9.94
0.41 in UTR | UTR profile
Over an action-packed weekend, Arkansas freshman Morgan Cross went undefeated in singles and doubles. Cross started off the weekend with a big win in doubles over No. 49 Ngounoue/Manu of Kansas. Cross and partner Spink clinched the doubles point against the Jayhawks helping the Razorbacks to a perfect 7-0 win. The freshman also came out victorious against Kansas junior Tiffany Lagarde in a back-and-forth three-setter. After a straight-set win over Oral Roberts’ Lebedeva on Friday, Cross once again found herself in a tiebreak — this time against Kansas State’s Manami Ukita. Cross took the first set without too much trouble, but freshman Ukita bounced back in the second. Ultimately, Cross overcame Ukita in the second-set tiebreak. Through the Razorbacks’ first four matches, Cross is undefeated in singles.
Robin Catry | NC State | UTR 12.82
0.30 in UTR | UTR profile
In NC State’s close loss to No. 12 Georgia, sophomore Robin Catry shined. Playing at No. 1 doubles with Tadas Babelis, Catry downed ITA Doubles All-Americans Trent Bryde and Tyler Zink. Catry and Babelis’ win helped the Wolfpack secure the doubles point and put them up heading into singles. The Bulldogs then went and tallied up three straight points in singles before Catry finished on court five. His win over Baptiste Anselmo kept the Wolfpack in the match. Catry left little room for Anselmo in the match and defeated him to the tune of 6-2, 6-2. Through NC State’s three dual matches of the season, Catry is undefeated in doubles and singles.
ITA UTR Player of the Week Criteria
The ITA UTR Player of the Week honors a collegiate tennis player whose increase in UTR rating throughout the previous week was indicative of his/her high level of performance, including notable wins such as clinching matches and upsets.