Ruiz named AAC tennis player of the week

Published: Apr. 9, 2019 at 3:20 PM EDT
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After a perfect 4-0 week, senior Celia Ruiz of the ECU women’s tennis team was named AAC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s a well-deserved honor for her,” said head coach Tom Morris. “She’s worked as hard as anyone. With everything that happened, including the injury in the fall and getting through that and to where she is now, it’s just a tribute to her hard work and dedication. She’s doing everything to get back to where she was and she’s gotten there now. We’re very, very proud of the work she has put in.”

Ruiz won a pair of singles matches last week to help extend ECU’s historic winning streak to 20 games. The three-time All-Conference selection beat NC Central’s Maru Berghaus 6-1, 6-2 in a 4-0 win for ECU before topping Richmond’s Kiana Marshall 6-1, 6-2 in a 7-0 victory for the Pirates. Those wins extended Ruiz’s team-best singles winning streak to 15 straight matches and she is now 17-3 on the season.

Along with her wins in singles play, Ruiz teamed with freshman Minette Van Vreden to earn a pair of victories. The duo beat Berghaus and Ivana Dragovic 6-1 in the match against NC Central, followed by a 6-2 win over Dessi Zlateva and Lea owens of Richmond. Just like in singles, Ruiz is riding a long winning streak, this one reaching 13 straight wins. Ruiz and Van Vreden are 13-1 this season as a partnership.

It is the fourth time that the Pontevedra, Spain native has been named AAC Player of the Week and the first time an ECU player has earned the honor since March 14, 2017. Ruiz has been an integral part of ECU (20-2) winning 20 straight matches, the longest winning streak by any ECU team. It is also the first time in the program’s 44-year history that the team has reached 20 wins in a single season.

Ruiz and fellow senior Annija Veinsteina will be playing their final three matches at home this week. First up, ECU will host Cincinnati at 2 p.m., on Friday afternoon at the River Birch Tennis Complex. The regular season will then come to an end on Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader against UConn and South Carolina State. Both matches will be played at the River Birch Tennis Complex.