TEMPE, Ariz. - University of Tampa sophomore tennis standout Ekaterina Grib was honored as the Universal Tennis Ratings (UTR)/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Player of the Week for her play over the past week.
Grib, a native of Minsk, Belarus, blazed through three dual matches last week to bring her singles winning streak to nine straight matches. She was undefeated in singles and only dropped a 6-3 match to Missouri-Saint Louis's Predinger/Beagrie in doubles. She did not allow Predinger to get the best of her in singles – the sophomore Spartan recorded a 6-3 victory over the No. 40 player in the country. Grib won all of her singles matches in straight sets.
She becomes the first player in UT tennis history to earn the weekly honor.
There will be a break in the award, which will be suspended until competition returns to normal due to COVID-19.