FRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Charoline Erlandsson is the Southland Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. McNeese returns to the court on Thursday to face Eastern Michigan in a neutral-site match in Beaumont at 10 a.m. CT. Honorable Mention: Judit Castillo, Northwestern State; Carrie Casey, Sam Houston State. Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Charoline Erlandsson, McNeese – Jr. – Stockholm, Sweden Erlandsson helped the Cowgirls (4-0, 0-0 SLC) keep their perfect record intact as they notched three consecutive home wins on the week. McNeese opened with a 7-0 victory over Prairie View A&M on Friday before defeating UTSA 5-2 on Saturday. The Cowgirls wrapped up the week with a 7-0 sweep against UL Lafayette on Sunday. Beginning the week with a 6-0, 6-0 straight sweep over Prairie View A&M’s Jessica Lackey, Erlandsson set the tone for a perfect weekend at No. 5 singles. The junior from Stockholm, Sweden, did not concede a set in her three singles matches, winning Saturday’s contest against UTSA’s Kylee Kati 6-1, 6-2, and Sunday’s match to UL Lafayette’s Marina Garcia 6-4, 6-3. She also won all three doubles matches for the weekend with Phonexay Chitdara at the No. 3 slot. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.
SHAY Given has admitted he was surprised how long his recent injury kept him out of football – but insists he is ready for Ireland’s forthcoming internationals.Given hurt himself in the warm-up ahead of a Europa League tie in February, an injury that kept him out for a number of weeks and saw him miss Ireland’s Euro 2012 home qualifier with Macedonia in March.“I thought it was minor,” he said. “I didn’t even think I needed an operation until I got the scan. So I always thought I’d get back before the end of the season, I knew that it wasn’t a big thing in comparison to the other shoulder (which he dislocated last year).”After spending most of this season on the bench, the Lifford man admits that he is welcoming the chance of some game time for his country in the upcoming Carling Nations Cup.“I haven’t played enough football so the chance to play two games and the training around it will be of great benefit to me. I don’t feel match-sharp playing with Ireland if I’ve not had so many games, and I have to be as ready as possible for Macedonia.”Damien Duff is injured for the Euro 2012 clash with Macedonia on June 4, while Richard Dunne ruled out through suspension, so Given accepts that his experience will be needed in Skopje. “Richard is a huge loss,” admitted Given. “He’s been one of our best players the last few years. He’s a big leader at the back, and it’s a big loss for us. They showed in Dublin that they’re a good team, so it’s a massive test for us.“I suppose, for the experience side of things, it’s probably important that I’m there.”Shay – the ultimate professional – is refusing to discuss possible new clubs in the summer.Liverpool, Arsenal and Celtic have all been linked with him in recent weeks.SHAY GIVEN: INJURY SHOCKED ME – BUT NOW I’M READY FOR IRELAND was last modified: May 17th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)