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Helena Jansen
Helena Jansen picked up wins at number one singles and number two doubles this past week.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State’s Jansen Named Sun Belt Women’s Tennis Player of the Week

State senior Helena Jansen has been named the Sun Belt Women’s Tennis Player of the Week after her standout performances in wins over South Alabama and Southern Miss last weekend.

The Mountaineers’ No. 1 singles player all season long, Jansen had one of her best weekends to date. In a battle of two of the conference’s best, Jansen came from behind to defeat 2022 all-conference honoree and reigning Sun Belt Player of the Week Luminita Tutunaru of South Alabama. After trailing 3-0 early in the first set, Jansen fought back to win it 7-6 (7-5 tiebreaker). After dropping the second set 6-4, Jansen again stormed back for a 6-1 third-set win. Jansen teamed up to win her doubles set 6-2 on court two that clinched the doubles point in App State’s 4-1 team win over the Jaguars.

Sunday against Southern Miss, she beat the Golden Eagles’ No. 1 player, Ebru Zeynep Yazgan, 7-5, 6-1, to help her team to a 6-1 victory.

Jansen improved to 9-5 in singles this season, including a 5-2 mark in league play, all at the No. 1 line.

This is the second Sun Belt weekly honor for App State this season following Savannah Dada-Mascoll’s two weeks ago. It’s also the second of Jansen’s career. She also earned the award in April 2022 after a dominant weekend against Louisiana and ULM.