Goulet Earns Big Ten Athlete Of The Week Honors
Feb. 4, 2005
Despite the fact that the Fighting Illini lost two tough matches on their home courts last weekend, senior Cynthya Goulet shone. Goulet is Illinois' first player this season to be recognized as Big Ten Athlete of the Week for her efforts.
The Longueuil, Quebec, Canada native, ranked 111th nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), boosted her season record to 13-4 with a pair of victories over ranked singles players. She defeated Wake Forest's 16th-ranked Karin Coetzee, 6-4, 6-3, last Friday, and got past No. 51 Sabita Maharaj of Tennessee, 6-2, 7-6, on Sunday. Goulet is now 4-2 against Top-100 players this season. In doubles, Goulet combined with sophomore Emily Wang for a pair of wins. The pair beat Katie Martzoff and Danielle Schwarz of Wake Forest, 8-3, and then came back and stunned No. 51 Ashley Robards and Maharaj of Tennessee, 8-1. Goulet and Wang are now 13-5 in doubles this season.
"Cynthya has really matured as a player and as a person," said Illinois Head Coach Sujay Lama. "She is one of the most talented players I have coached, and it's great to see her hard work pay off. She deserves this recognition. Cynthya is very focused in practice, and that focus has helped her get off to a strong start this year. The rest of our players will do well if they follow her example." This is Goulet's first career Big Ten Athlete of the Week selection. She is the first Illini student-athlete to earn the weekly award since Wang received the honor during the first week of March, 2004.