Holtzhausen, O'Brien take both weekly OVC awards

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - It was a one, two punch for the Tennessee Tech tennis teams this week as sophomores Dean O'Brien and Kelly Holtzhausen took home both weekly awards as announced by the Ohio Valley Conference.

"They both played extremely well last week," said coach Dan Silverstein. "I am not suprised that they have been given this honor."

Holtzhausen earned her first OVC honor this season after leading Tech last week in picking up its first OVC win of the season with a convincing 5-2 win over Morehead State in the team’s OVC opener. She opened the week dropping only three games in a 6-1, 6-2 win at Chattanooga. Holtzhausen opened OVC play with a 6-2, 6-4 win against Madeleinne Anterro and then finished up her week with a 6-4, 6-2 win over UT Martin’s Martie Wahl.

She also went 2-1 in doubles with wins over Chattanooga and Morehead State. Holtzhausen is undefeated this spring at 7-0 in singles.

No. 102 O’Brien went a perfect 4-0 at the top spot while not dropping a set. He first rebounded from his only loss this spring to the No. 12 player from Georgia Tech to down Chattanooga. O’Brien picked up three wins in three days including the first two to open not only home play this season, but OVC play as well. With a 10-1 record, O’Brien is five wins shy of tying his own season wins mark in singles.

This is the second week in a row that O'Brien has earned the weekly OVC honor.

Both teams will return to the court on Saturday when they travel to Jacksonville State. Tech men (6-5, 2-0 OVC) will face the team that eliminated them from the OVC Tournament last season. The Tech women (2-5, 1-1 OVC) will have to defend themselves to the team that they elimated in the first round of the OVC Tournament last year.