Two Bearkats Named To All-Southland Tennis Team

Courtesy: Paul Ridings, Jr., SHSU Sports Information

Maddie Mortimore and Sheridan Currie from Sam Houston have been voted to the 2013 All-Southland Conference women’s tennis team.

Mortimore, a first team selection, also earned honors as 2013 Southland Conference No. 5 singles champion, compiling a perfect 9-0 record at the position.

The Farnham, Surrey product from Great Britian is the first freshman to go unbeaten in Southland Conference play during a complete season in the Bearkats’ 26 seasons in the league.

Mortimore finished the regular season with a 13-5 overall mark and led the Bearkats to their ninth consecutive postseason berth.

Currie, who hails from Perth in Australia, was a second team All-Southland selection. Currie won nine matches in No. 2 singles play.

The 2013 All-Southland Conference women’s tennis teams are comprised of six first-team and six second-team singles members and three first-team and three first-team and three second-team doubles teams.

Teams are chosen by vote of the league’s head coaches and sports information directors. Recipients are placed by the number of votes received.

This year, for the first time, the league is recognizing champions at each singles and doubles position.

Conference champions must have played at least 50 percent of conference matches at that position.

Results are based off winning percentage, then number of wins.

The 2013 Southland women’s tennis championship begins Friday at the Beaumont Municipal Tennis Center in Beaumont, Texas.

Action begins at 11 a.m. and the semifinals matches will be Saturday at 2 p.m.

The championship match is slated for 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

No. 6 seed Sam Houston will face No. 3 seed Lamar in the first round Friday.

Conference Champions
No. 1 Singles -Klaudia Gawlik, McNeese State (8-0)
No. 2 Singles- Tatiana Larina, Northwestern State (8-1)
No. 3 Singles- Renee Villarreal, Southeastern Louisiana (7-0)
No. 4 Singles- Valya Rusakova , Southeastern Louisiana (6-0)
No. 5 Singles- Maddie Mortimore , Sam Houston State (9-0)
No. 6 Singles- Isabel Brito, Southeastern Louisiana (6-1)
No. 1 Doubles- Tatiana Larina/Andrea Nedorostova, Northwestern State (7-2)
No. 2 Doubles- Polina Konop/Natalya Krutova, Northwestern State (9-0)
No. 3 Doubles- Maider Martin/Mia Matuszak, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (9-0)

Player of the Year: Klaudia Gawlik – McNeese State
Freshman of the Year: Klaudia Gawlik – McNeese State
Newcomer of the Year: Valya Rusakova – Southeastern Louisiana
Coach of the Year: Jason Hayes – Southeastern Louisiana

First-Team Singles All-Conference
Klaudia Gawlik, McNeese State
Polina Konop, Northwestern State
Renee Villarreal, Southeastern Louisiana
Tatiana Larina, Northwestern State
Madeleine Mortimore, Sam Houston State
Stefania Nicolae, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Second-Team Singles All-Conference
Malena Gordo, Stephen F. Austin
Sheridan Currie, Sam Houston State
Dariya Dashutina, Lamar
Celia Rodriguez Delgado, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Carolina Salas, Lamar
Valya Rusakova, Southeastern Louisiana

First-Team Doubles All-Conference
Tatiana Larina/Andrea Nedorostova, Northwestern State
Polina Konop/Nataly Krutova, Northwestern State
Maider Martin/Mia Matuszak, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Second-Team Doubles All-Conference
Doris Kuselj/Stefania Nicolae, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Malena Gordo/Julia Lorca, Stephen F. Austin
Carolina Salas/Helene Czudek, Lamar

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