Sant'Anna and Nemchen Earn Central Region ITA Accolades
May 13, 2014
SKILLMAN, N.J. - Senior Maria Sant'Anna and freshman Yelena Nemchen of the University of Tulsa women's tennis team earned International Tennis Association Central Region Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award and Player to Watch, respectively.
Sant'Anna, who was named to the All-Conference USA Singles Second Team, has posted a 22-13 singles record this season, including a 10-7 record in dual competition and has posted a 62-32 career singles record. She ended the season winning six of her last seven matches, including winning all of her three singles matches at the Conference USA Championships.
The Sao Paulo, Brazil native has recorded a 22-10 doubles record, including a 10-7 record in dual competition and has posted a 58-28 career doubles record.
The Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award recognizes outstanding individuals who have exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.
Nemchen, who has been ranked as high as No. 46 this season, a 16-10 record this season, including an 8-8 record in dual competition. She has posted an 8-2 record at the No. 3 singles position.
The Karaganda, Kazakhstan native has recorded a 9-2 doubles record, including a 4-1 record in dual competition. Nemchen and sophomore Renata Kuricova paired up to go 7-1, including a 4-1 record in dual competition.
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ITA Central Region Awards
Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year - David Mullins, University of Oklahoma
ITA Assistant Coach of the Year - Cristina Moros, University of Oklahoma
ITA/Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sportsmanship & Leadership Award - Maria Sant'Anna, University of Tulsa
ITA Player to Watch - Yelena Nemchen, University of Tulsa
ITA Senior Player of the Year - Whitney Ritchie, University of Oklahoma
ITA Rookie Player of the Year - Vikoriya Lushkova, Oklahoma State University
Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship - Montse Blasco Fernandez, Wichita State University
Most Improved Senior of the Year - Kanyapat Narattana, Oklahoma State University
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