TOWSON, Md. — For the third time this year, Goucher's Amanda Bercovici (Hackensack, N.J./Bergen Tech) has been recognized as the Landmark Player of the Week for the sport of women's tennis. Bercovici earned the award after two more victories in singles, moving her unbeaten streak up to eight matches overall.
The first of those wins, over Salisbury's Natalie Savage on Friday, was her closest match of the season thus far. Each of the first two sets went to tiebreakers, with Bercovici taking the opening set 7-6 (7-4) before Savage rallied for a 7-6 (8-6) win in the second. In the deciding super tiebreaker, Bercovici pulled away for a 10-4 victory, picking up Goucher's only point against the Sea Gulls, which entered the match ranked seventh in the Atlantic South region by the ITA.
That was only the second time in her streak that Bercovici surrendered a set, but she had no such difficulties on Sunday, blanking Shannon Ramsey from St. Mary's (Md.), 6-0, 6-0 from the top singles position. Bercovici and her partner, Alex Walsh (Greens Farm, Conn./Staples), also split their doubles matches last week, falling to Salisbury before recovering for an 8-4 win over the Seahawks.
For the year, Bercovici is now 11-1 in singles and 4-4 in doubles matches. She had previously been named Player of the Week on Sept. 23 and Sept. 30. With Emily Ruff (Easton, Md./Easton) also being recognized by the conference in the fall, Goucher has accounted for half of the eight women's tennis POTW awards handed out this season.
The Gophers open up conference play next Saturday with a 1 p.m. matchup at Moravian.