WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The UNCW women’s tennis team, as expected, made a major haul at Thursday night’s pre-tournament banquet on the eve of the 2014 Colonial Athletic Association Tennis Championships in Williamsburg, Va.

The red-hot Seahawks completed a clean sweep of the top three honors following a spectacular dual match season that featured a 14-3 record and a nine-match winning streak heading into the CAA Tournament.

Second-year skipper Evan Clark was selected CAA Coach-of-the-Year, senior Angie Sekely (Ontario, Canada) was voted Player-of-the-Year and newcomer Annika Sillanpaa (Tampere, Finland) was named Rookie-of-the-Year.

Clark piloted the Seahawks to its first No. 1 seed in the CAA Tournament. Sekely lost just one match in 16 outings this spring and won all four matches against conference opponents.

"I feel very fortunate to win this award,” said Clark. "We have so many great coaches in the CAA, so I’m very honored. It’s really a team award and without our team's hard work and dedication, it would not have been possible."

Sekely was named First-Team All-CAA in singles for the second straight year. Sillanpaa and senior Olga Blank (Winnipeg, Canada) collected Second-Team All-CAA recognition in singles as well.

"I could not be happier for Angie,” added Clark. “She’s very deserving of this recognition. Her body of work at UNCW has been amazing. Angie’s record, including being undefeated in regular season conference play the last two years, speaks for itself. She’s the first player from UNCW to receive this award. That’s a great accomplishment and we certainly appreciate everything she has done for the program."

The hard-hitting Sillanpaa made a big impact in her first season with the team, going unbeaten in seven matches. “What a great award for Annika to earn in her first semester at UNCW. We feel extremely fortunate for Annika to come in January, step into our lineup and have such a big impact. It has been a lot of fun seeing her transition and develop. We know the best is yet to come for Annika."

Two UNCW doubles teams earned All-CAA honors. Blank and sophomore Christine Kharkevitch (Houston, Texas) were selected First-Team All-Conference and Sekely was voted Second-Team with partner Alyssa Ritchie (Franklin, Ohio). In addition, Ritchie, who is majoring in biology, made the All-Academic Team on the women’s side.

The Seahawk women open play tomorrow (April 18) at 3 p.m. against No. 8 Hofstra at William & Mary’s Millie West Tennis Facility.

2014 ALL-CAA     WOMEN’S TENNIS TEAMS

 

2014 CAA WOMEN’S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR:                            Angie Sekely, UNCW

2014 CAA WOMEN’S TENNIS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:                            Annika Sillanpaa, UNCW

2014 CAA WOMEN’S TENNIS COACH OF THE YEAR:                             Evan Clark, UNCW

First Team

Singles

Maria Belaya, William & Mary                   Sr.                                   Melbourne, Fla.

Kelly Kambourelis, Coll. of Charleston   Sr.                                   Melbourne, Fla.

Brooke McAmis, Coll. of Charleston       So.                                  Greensboro, N.C.

Leeza Nemchinov, William & Mary         So.                                  Moscow, Russia

Taylor Pinchoff, James Madison             Jr.                                    Sylvan Lake, Mich.

Angie Sekely, UNCW                                 Sr.                                   Mississauga, Canada

Doubles

Maria Belaya, William & Mary                   Sr.                                   Melbourne, Fla.

Leeza Nemchinov, William & Mary         So.                                  Moscow, Russia

Olga Blank, UNCW                                     Sr.                                   Winnipeg, Canada

Christine Kharkevitch, UNCW                   So.                                  Houston, Texas

Alex Huie, James Madison                       Fr.                                   The Woodlands, Texas

Taylor Pinchoff, James Madison             Jr.                                    Sylvan Lake, Mich.

Second Team

Singles

Mara Argyriou, Coll. of Charleston          Fr.                                   Limassol, Cyprus

Olga Blank, UNCW                                     Sr.                                   Winnipeg, Canada

Nabila Farah, William & Mary                   Fr.                                   Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Alex Huie, James Madison                       Fr.                                   The Woodlands, Texas

Dorothy Safron, Delaware                         Sr.                                   New York, N.Y.

Annika Sillanpaa, UNCW                          Fr.                                   Tampere, Finland

Doubles

Mara Argyriou, Coll. of Charleston          Fr.                                   Limassol, Cyprus

Kelly Kambourelis, Coll. of Charleston   Sr.                                   Melbourne, Fla.

Jenny Falcone, Coll. of Charleston         Jr.                                    Davidson, N.C.

Katherine Schofield, Coll. of Charleston      So.                            Franklin, Tenn.

Alyssa Ritchie, UNCW                                Jr.                                    Franklin, Ohio

Angie Sekely, UNCW                                 Sr.                                   Mississauga, Canada

All-Academic Team

Ruxandra Andriescu, James Madison    Sr.                                   Brampton, Ontario

Sarah Bowen, Hofstra                                So.                                  Edmond, Okla.

Lorena Ferrer, Towson                               So.                                  Barcelona, Spain

Kelly Kambourelis, Coll. of Charleston   Sr.                                   Melbourne, Fla.

Carmen Lai, Delaware                               So.                                  Shatin, Hong Kong

Nicole Pivonka, Drexel                               Jr.                                    Sarasota, Fla.

Alyssa Ritchie, UNCW                                Jr.                                    Franklin, Ohio

Sydney Smith, William & Mary                 Sr.                                   Washington, D.C.