Senior Nastashia DeNunzio (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) and junior Tarquin McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep) of The University of Scranton men's and women's tennis teams were both named Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week on Monday along with seven other senior men's and women's tennis players from around the conference.
With the unprecedented cancellation of spring sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Landmark Conference will be recognizing an athlete from each member institution in each conference-sponsored spring sport for the remainder of the academic year. All honorees were nominated by their respective institutions.
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This marks the fourth time in her career that DeNunzio has been named Landmark Athlete of the Week after she also earned the award on Oct. 15, 2018, Feb. 25, 2019 and Apr. 1, 2019, while McGurrin has also received the honor three other times in his career on Apr. 16, 2018, Sept. 17, 2018 and Feb. 25, 2019.
DeNunzio was named the 2019 Landmark Conference Player of the Year after going 9-6 in No. 1 singles play including a 6-1 mark in Landmark Conference matches. The Dunmore, Pa., native is also a two-time All-Landmark First Team honoree in both singles and doubles play and ranks in the top 10 all-time in program history in doubles wins (6th, 42) and singles wins (8th, 41).
She has compiled a 41-24 (.631) mark in singles play during her career to go along with a 42-24 record (.636) in doubles action. DeNunzio is also 16-5 (.762) in both Landmark Conference singles and doubles matches over the last three seasons and helped lead the Royals to the 2018 Landmark Conference title and the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Scranton also appeared in the Landmark Conference championship match in 2017 and 2019.
Nastashia is the daughter of Grace Gibson and David DeNunzio and will earn a degree from Scranton in biology.
McGurrin has earned All-Landmark Conference First Team honors in both singles and doubles play in each of his first two seasons in the program. The junior is 29-15 (.659) in singles play during his career at Scranton including a 9-4 mark in Landmark Conference matches and 24-18 in doubles matches over the last two plus seasons.
All three of Tarquin's older brothers played tennis at The University of Scranton and he spent his freshman season of 2018-19 playing doubles matches with older brother, Keller, at the No. 1 doubles flight.
The Royals have advanced to the Landmark Conference championship match in each of Tarquin's first two seasons in the program.
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