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Tulsa Men's and Women's Tennis Teams Have Seven Athletes Named to All-C-USA Teams

Junior Philip Stephens was one of seven Tulsa tennis players to be named to the all-C-USA teams on Wednesday.
Junior Philip Stephens was one of seven Tulsa tennis players to be named to the all-C-USA teams on Wednesday.
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April 29, 2009

Irving, Texas - The University of Tulsa men's and women's tennis teams had a total of seven athletes named to the All-Conference USA singles and doubles teams as voted on by the league's coaches and announced today by the conference office. Senior Arnau Brugues and junior Philip Stephens were selected to the men's first team, and sophomore Alexandra Kichoutkin was named to the women's first team.

Brugues, the nation's top-ranked singles player, picked up his fourth-straight all-C-USA first team honor after compiling a 40-3 singles record including a perfect 24-0 mark during the duel season. Brugues earned conference player of the month honors twice during the fall and the C-USA Player of the Week award four times this spring.

Stephens joins Brugues on the all-C-USA first team after going 18-12 in singles action so far this season, with five wins against nationally-ranked opponents. Stephens is currently the 99th-ranked singles player in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

Freshman Ashley Watling was named to the men's second team after turning in an impressive rookie campaign with an 18-5 singles record this spring. Watling went 10-1 in the No. 4 position this season for the Hurricane.

Brugues and Stephens were named to the all-C-USA doubles Team with a 17-7 record this season, including 10 wins over ranked opponents. Tulsa's top tandem is currently ranked No. 11 in the nation by the ITA. Stephens also makes another appearance on the all-conference doubles team with sophomore Victor Kolik, as the duo is currently as the 69th-ranked doubles team in the country.

On the women's side, Kichoutkin was named to the all-C-USA first team after going 25-10 in singles action so far this season, including a 19-6 record during the duel campaign. Kichoutkin was 4-1 against conference opponents this year with one of those victories coming against then 68th-ranked Kellie Schmitt of Marshall in the Conference USA Women's Tennis Championship semifinals.



Senior Thalia Diaz-Barriga earned second team honors after compiling a 23-12 singles record and a 20-6 mark this spring. Freshman Anastasia Erofeeva was named to the third team after posting a 31-5 singles record, which includes a team-best 23 wins during the duel season.

The C-USA Men's and Women's Tennis specialty awards will be announced tomorrow.