Orford, Krisik and Farley Earn Women's Tennis Regional Honors
May 14, 2013
TULSA, Okla. -
Orford was named the ITA Central Region Head Coach of the Year, Krisik earned her first career ITA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year honor and Farley earned Senior of the Year accolades.
This marks the third time Orford has been named the region’s head coach of the year, while Krisik is the first TU women’s tennis coach to be named assistant of the year since Shea Simpson in 2001. TU achieved a 19-7 record this season and earned a spot in the NCAA Championship for the fourth straight season. The coaching staff was instrumental in the development of Samantha Vickers, who began the season ranked No. 124 in the country and rose to a ranking as high as No. 14. Vickers and sophomore Isaura Enrique advanced to the quarterfinals at the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, and achieved a program-best ranking of No. 9 earlier this season.
Farley concludes her TU career fourth on the all-time career singles wins list with 98 wins. She also ranks seventh in school history in combined wins with 166, and ninth in career doubles wins with 68. Farley was a part of three Conference USA championships during her career, and was named to the all-C-USA Singles Second Team her sophomore and senior year, while earning a spot on the all-C-USA Singles Third Team her junior campaign. This year, she held a 23-11 singles record, including a 9-1 ledger at the Michael C. Case Tennis Center.
“We are very proud of the career Michelle has had at TU,” Orford stated. “She has been a huge part of our winning tradition, and we will miss her contributions both on and off the court.”
Vickers will compete in the 64-person NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Singles Championship, while Vickers and Enrique will compete in the 32-team NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Doubles Championship. Both will take place May 22-27 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex/Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill., following the conclusion of the team championship, which runs from May 16-21.
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Coach of the Year – Dean Orford, Tulsa
Assistant Coach of the Year – Kali Krisik, Tulsa
Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award – Malika Rose, Oklahoma State
Senior of the Year – Michelle Farley, Tulsa
Player to Watch – Petra Niedermayerova, Kansas State
Rookie of the Year – Yang Pang, Arkansas
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