Conference USA Announces Women's Tennis All-Conference Awards

Go C-USA! Klara Vyskocilova
Klara Vyskocilova

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.

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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:

First Team
Alexandra Starkova, LA Tech
Tiffany William, Middle Tennessee
Kseniya Bardabush, North Texas
Anastasiya Shestakova, North Texas
Nikol Hristova, Old Dominion
Natalie Beazant, Rice
Dominique Harmath, Rice
Katherine Ip, Rice
Liat Zimmermann, Rice
Klara Vyskocilova, Tulane
Marcelina Cichon, Tulsa
Renata Kuricova, Tulsa

Second Team
Macy Vonderschmidt, Charlotte
Dana Gray, East Carolina
Giulietta Boha, FIU
Carlotta Orlando, FIU
Jazmin Britos, LA Tech
Derya Turhan, Marshall
Kai Broomfield, Marshall
Dana Oppinger, Marshall
Kim Anicete, Rice
Alison Ho, Rice
Carolin Drescher, Southern Miss
Rongrong Leenabanchong, Tulsa
Maria Sant'Anna, Tulsa
Miriam Rosell Canudas, UTSA

Third Team
Anna Pomyatinskaya, Marshall
Karli Timko, Marshall
Rachael Morales, Marshall
Mahitha Dadireddy, Southern Miss
Lisa Norderer, Southern Miss
Alex Kitchen, Southern Miss
Pardis Kianoush, UAB
Rebeca Calvillo, UTEP
Davina Meza, UTEP
Jacobea Junger, UTSA
Isabelle Jonsson, UTSA

First Team
Kseniya Bardabush/Franziska Sprinkmeyer, NT
Natalie Beazant/Liat Zimmermann, Rice
Renata Kuricova/Marcelina Cichon, Tulsa

Second Team
Nikol Hristova/Melissa Esnal Olguin, Old Dominion
Dominique Harmath/Alison Ho, Rice
Katherine Ip/Solomiya Zinko, Rice

Third Team
Dana Oppinger/Derya Turhan, Marshall
Anna Pomyatinskaya/Karli Timko, Marshall
Jacobea Junger/Miriam Rosell Canudas, UTSA

Coach of the Year: Elizabeth Schmidt, Rice
Player of the Year: Klara Vyskocilova, Tulane
Freshman of the Year: Katherine Ip, Rice
Newcomer of the Year: Tiffany William, Middle Tennessee
Outstanding Singles Player of the Championship: Natalie Beazant, Rice
Outstanding Doubles Team of the Championship: Natalie Beazant/Liat Zimmermann, Rice



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