Melbourne, Fla. – Three Lynn University student-athletes claimed Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week plaudits on Monday, as announced by the league office. Kay Bartmann and Klaudia Boczova sweep the first tennis awards of the new season while swimmer Catalina Berraud-Galea picks up her second career weekly SSC award.
Bartmann helped Lynn's men's tennis team get off to a 2-0 start in the 2018 season with a 4-0 record this week. The Fighting Knights, ranked No. 6, first took down St. Thomas in the season opener, 9-0, before taking care of business in a top-15 battle with a 7-2 win over No. 11 Flagler.
Bartmann won all four of his matches this week, starting with an 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles and a 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles vs. St. Thomas. Against Flagler, Bartmann and partner Jose Porfirio Ordonez posted another strong win at No. 2 doubles, 8-5. His best outing of the week was at No. 1 singles against the Saints as 25th-ranked Bartmann dominated 38th-ranked Lukas Storck, 6-1, 6-0.
It is the first SSC weekly award for Bartmann as he enters his second season at Lynn.
Boczova is already making her return to the SSC apparent as the first year Fighting Knight won all six of her matches this week to lead Lynn's top-ranked women's tennis team to a 2-1 start to the 2018 season. Lynn first opened up the season with a rout over St. Thomas, 9-0, before falling to Division I Stetson University, 7-2 in the South Florida Showdown. The Fighting Knights bounced back with an impressive 7-2 triumph over No. 6 Flagler College on Sunday.
Playing at No. 1 doubles with Diana Bogolii, the pair dropped just five games in three wins all week. In their first-ever match as a pairing, the squad downed St. Thomas, 8-1, before beating Stetson 8-3 and closing out the week by blanking the Saints, 8-0. Boczova was nearly perfect in singles play, winning all three matches at the top flight either 6-0, 6-1 or 6-1, 6-0, which included a rout over Flagler's 25th-ranked Lizanne Jinkertz.
It is her first accolade as a Fighting Knight, but second from the SSC from her time at Nova Southeastern in 2016.
Berraud-Galea picks up her first award of the season and second of her career. She claimed two individual first-place finishes on Saturday, swimming a season-best time, and 11th best time in the SSC, in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:31.58 and then took first in the 500 free with a time of 5:10.30. Her two first-place finishes helped Lynn sweep the season series against both Rollins and Florida Tech, the second time in program history Lynn has accomplished that feat.