Conference USA Announces Women's Tennis All-Conference Awards
April 29, 2014
IRVING, Texas - A two-time All-Conference USA first-team selection, Tulane senior KLARA VYSKOCILOVA was named the 2014 C-USA Women's Tennis Player of the Year. The 59h-ranked player in the nation completed the spring with a perfect dual record of 13-0 at No. 1 singles. For the entire season, she was 20-6 in singles with a 5-2 mark against nationally-ranked opponents, including two wins against Top 25 players. Vyskocilova was named the Feb. 18 C-USA Player of the Week and earned a spot on the league's All-Academic Team.
Earning her third consecutive Coach of the Year honor is Rice's ELIZABETH SCHMIDT. The sixth-year head coach has guided the Owls to a No. 19 national ranking and a repeat as the C-USA Champion to earn the league's automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Championship. Rice is also represented by four student-athletes on the All-Conference USA first team - junior NATALIE BEAZANT, senior DOMINIQUE HARMATH, freshman KATHERINE IP and junior LIAT ZIMMERMANN.
Beazant, the 2012 C-USA Player and Freshman of the Year and a three-time All-Conference first-team selection, ranks 10th in school history with 84 career wins. She was named the 2014 C-USA Outstanding Singles Player of the Championship and was half of the Outstanding Doubles tandem with Zimmermann. Beazant went 3-0 at this year's conference championship and improved to 7-0 all-time. Paired with Zimmermann, they currently rank No. 52 in the ITA rankings and also earned a spot as the All-Conference USA doubles first team. Harmath is ranked No. 92 by the ITA and capped her senior season with a career-best 18-4 dual mark in singles, including a stretch of 11-straight wins. She ranks sixth all-time in school history with a 94-41 (.696) career record.
Ip was voted C-USA Freshman of the Year as she capped off her first year of competition by clinching the winning point in the 2014 C-USA Championship match. She finished the year with a 16-4 singles mark, winning 12 of her last 13 decisions, and was 4-1 at doubles.
Earning C-USA Newcomer of the Year accolades is Middle Tennessee junior TIFFANY WILLIAM. The transfer from Auburn-Montgomery also made a splash with an appearance on the All-Conference USA first team following her inaugural season with the Blue Raiders. She was 18-4 at No. 1 singles, collecting the most singles wins in a season for MT since 2006. William was 3-0 at the C-USA Championship and closed out the year winning nine of her last 10 matches.
Rounding out the All-C-USA Singles first team is Louisiana Tech's ALEXANDRA STARKOVA, Old Dominion's NIKOL HRISTOVA, a pair from North Texas in KSENIYA BARDABUSH and ANASTASIYA SHESTAKOVA and MARCELINA CICHON and RENATA KURICOVA of Tulsa.
The entire 2014 All-Conference USA Women's Tennis selections and Specialty Awards can be seen below:
2014 ALL-CONFERENCE USA SINGLES TEAM
2014 ALL-CONFERENCE USA DOUBLES TEAMS
Coach of the Year: Elizabeth Schmidt, Rice