ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The Creighton Bluejays finished last week a combined 7-1 in play in Florida, led by Billy Paluch and Kelsey Schmidt, who have been honored as the MVC Player of the Week in men's and women's tennis, respectively.
Billy Paluch led the Bluejays to three wins over the last week, competing at the No. 1 spot in both singles and doubles play and going undefeated, a perfect combined 8-0 mark on the week. The junior won all four of his singles matches in straight sets, holding down the top spot in singles play. He also teamed up with J.T. Christian to win all four doubles matches at No. 1 doubles.
Paluch is tied for the lead on the team with 12 wins overall on the year, winning his last five straight and holding a 7-2 mark this spring. He has combined with Christian to post a 7-2 mark at the No. 1 doubles, the most wins by any duo this spring. Through his first three seasons, Paluch sits in seventh in career doubles wins with 50.
Kelsey Schmidt helped lead the Bluejays to four wins and an undefeated Spring Break trip in Orlando last week. The senior went unscathed in individual play during the week as well, finishing 4-0 at the No. 2 singles and 4-0 teaming up with Mary McMullan at the No. 2 doubles. Schmidt won each of her singles matches in straight sets, allowing just one opponent to win more than four games.
Schmidt sits at 8-4 this spring, playing both No. 2 and No. 3 singles for the Jays. She has 11 wins overall in singles play this year and has won seven of her last 10 matches. In doubles play, Schmidt and McMullan lead the team with 10 combined doubles wins this year, holding a 6-2 mark this spring. Schmidt remains at #2 in career wins with a total of 128. She also now has the most doubles wins in school history with 67 and is #7 with 61 singles.
The Bluejays will be in action this weekend when they host Northern Colorado. The women's match is set for Saturday, March 17, at 1:30 p.m., while the men's team is set for a first serve on Sunday, March 18, at 11:30 a.m.