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Jenkins, Johnson Earn Big South Top Honors

April 16, 2008
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Liberty's Jordan Jenkins was named the 2008 Big South Women's Tennis Player of the Year Wednesday evening

Liberty's Jordan Jenkins was named the 2008 Big South Women's Tennis Player of the Year Wednesday evening

Liberty freshman Jordan Jenkins and Lady Flames' head coach Chris Johnson have been voted the 2008 Big South Women's Tennis Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively, by the league's head coaches and sports information directors. The awards were announced Wednesday evening at the league's women's tennis awards banquet, held at McBryde Hall on the campus of Winthrop University. In addition, Jenkins was selected as Big South Freshman of the Year.

Jenkins, in her rookie season, helped the Lady Flames to their best-ever finish in the Big South regular-season standings, earning the No. 2 seed in this week's Big South Women's Championship with a 4-1 league record. The Sarasota, Fla., native enters the tournament undefeated on the season, with a 15-0 overall record and a 5-0 conference record in No. 1 singles. During her 15 wins, Jenkins has only given away two sets. In doubles, Jenkins is also undefeated with partner Ekaterina Kuznetsova in No. 1 doubles, with a 14-0 overall record and a 5-0 conference record. The freshman was a unanimous pick with 28 points in the voting.

Jenkins also garnered all-conference honors in both singles and doubles, along with junior teammate Kuznetsova.

In his second year as head coach at Liberty, Johnson has led his team to a school record 11-straight wins, a program record of 12 total wins and the best regular-season finish in the history of Liberty women's tennis. His team has the best overall record in the Big South at 12-3 and posted a 4-1 conference mark. Johnson tallied five first-place votes and 15 points, finishing ahead of Winthrop head coach Cid Carvalho (four first-place votes and nine points).

Liberty senior Martyna Hanusz was selected to the conference's all-academic team. The senior posted a 3.47 GPA during her undergraduate studies and is currently in her first semester of graduate work. The Lady Flames' captain is a three-time Big South Honor Roll member.

Winthrop's Patricia Coimbra was voted the Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the sports information directors.

The awards banquet serves as the kickoff for the 2008 Women's Tennis Championship. The first round begins Thursday at the Memorial Courts at Winthrop, with matches scheduled throughout the day starting at 9:30 a.m. The semifinals will be played Friday beginning at 10:30 a.m., while the title match is slated for Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.

The No. 2 seed Liberty Lady Flames play in the second match of the day on Thursday, when they square off against the No. 7 seed UNC Asheville Bulldogs. Match time is scheduled for Noon. 

2008 BIG SOUTH WOMEN'S TENNIS HONORS
Singles All-Conference
Zineb Hilali, Charleston Southern
Andrea Schutte, Charleston Southern
Amy Pazahanick, Coastal Carolina
Jordan Jenkins, Liberty
Ashton Downs, Radford
Elizaveta Zaytseva, Winthrop
Patricia Coimbra, Winthrop
Larisa Bekmetova, Winthrop

Doubles All-Conference
Patricia Jaeger/Aodhnait Lombard, Charleston Southern
Amy Pazahanick/Lexi Bolesky, Coastal Carolina
Jordan Jenkins/Ekaterina Kuznetsova, Liberty
Elizaveta Zaytseva/Patricia Coimbra, Winthrop

Academic All-Conference
Amanda Swindall, Soph., Charleston Southern
Sofie Ahlberg, Sr., Coastal Carolina
Caroline Mount, Soph., High Point
Martyna Hanusz, Sr., Liberty
Kari Fuller, Sr., Presbyterian
Cassandra Price, Sr., Radford
Louise Bottomley, Soph., UNC Asheville
Patricia Coimbra, Jr., Winthrop

Player of the Year
Jordan Jenkins, Liberty

Freshman of the Year
Jordan Jenkins, Liberty

Coach of the Year
Chris Johnson, Liberty

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Patricia Coimbra, Winthrop