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Southern Arkansas’ Marko Nikoliuk (right) and Simone Simas (left) were named the Great American Conference Male and Female Athletes of the Week. Nikoliuk earned four wins against a pair of nationally-ranked GAC opponents to help the Muleriders claim the league’s record-season title. Against No. 29 Ouachita, he paired with Yuri Gondouin to secure the doubles point. He won his singles point in straight sets. Against No. 22 Harding, the doubles tandem won 6-3 and he beat Arthur Bellan at the No. 2 spot in three sets. Simas helped the Lady Muleriders pick up a pair of GAC victories as she won both of her singles contests and added a doubles victory. Against Oklahoma Baptist, she paired with Aurora Novati for a 6-3 win at No. 2 doubles. She defeated Alex Bowers in straight sets at the No. 4 spot. Against No. 26 Harding, she defeated No. 38 Lindy Carpenter, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5, as part of a 4-2 win. Both teams are gearing up for the GAC Tennis Championships in Bentonville later this month.

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