Brittany Yang (pictured) and Belen Rivera earned a spot on the Big South All-Conference doubles team.
Liberty's No. 2 doubles tandem of Belen Rivera and Brittany Yang garnered inclusion on the Big South Conference Women's Tennis All-Conference doubles team, as announced today by the league office. Additionally, Rivera and Yang, along with Cameron Richard and Valerie Thong, were tabbed Flight winners at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions, respectively, while Yang earned a spot on the All-Academic squad for the second consecutive season.
Rivera and Yang become the Lady Flames' sixth doubles pair ever, and first since 2011, to earn all-conference recognition. The duo finished the regular season with a 10-4 overall record, including a conference-best 8-1 mark in league action. Rivera and Yang posted all but one of their wins in the No. 2 spot. Thanks in part to their eight Big South victories, Yang and Rivera were also tabbed Flight winners at the No. 2 position. The tandem becomes the first-ever No. 2 pair to be declared a flight winner in Liberty history and the fifth duo overall.
Yang garners her second straight all-academic team honor, becoming the fourth Lady Flame in school history to earn inclusion on the squad more than once. The Newnan, Ga., native holds a 4.0 GPA as a graphic design major. On the court, Yang tallied a 13-5 overall singles record and a 12-7 doubles mark.
Since being paired together for the first time on March 8 against Marshall, Richard and Thong have been nearly perfect, posting a 9-1 overall record and a 6-0 mark in Big South matches. The tandem enters the Big South Championship on a nine-match winning streak. This marks the third year that Liberty has had two doubles pairs win flight awards in the same season.
Charleston Southern's Marketa Placha was voted the Big South Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Year, while Buccaneers head coach Mike Baker was tabbed the league's Coach of the Year. Coastal Carolina's Honami Yazawa was selected Freshman of the Year, while the league's sports information directors voted Coastal Carolina's Dominique de Wit as the Big South Women's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
The 2014 Big South Women's Tennis Championship opened today in Boiling Springs, N.C., with a pair of first round matches. The No. 3 seed Lady Flames will play their first match of the tournament on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. against No. 6 seed Radford in the quarterfinal round.
2014 Big South Conference Women's Tennis All-Conference And Award Winners Women's Tennis Flight Winners No. 1 singles – Andressa Garcia, Winthrop No. 2 singles – Yvonne Hubler, Charleston Southern No. 3 singles – Alexandra Walters, Charleston Southern No. 4 singles – Nicolin Luecke, Charleston Southern No. 5 singles – Rokia Sacko, Gardner-Webb No. 6 singles – Monica Aguado, Winthrop
No. 1 doubles – Yvonne Hubler/Alexandra Walters, Charleston Southern No. 2 doubles – Belen Rivera/Brittany Yang, Liberty No. 3 doubles – Cameron Richard/Valerie Thong, Liberty
All-Conference Singles Marketa Placha, Charleston Southern Andressa Garcia, Winthrop Yvonne Hubler, Charleston Southern Karolina Chernaya, Campbell Libby Scott, Coastal Carolina Alexandra Walters, Charleston Southern Alice Garcia, Winthrop Honami Yazawa, Coastal Carolina Caitlin Cridland, Winthrop
All-Conference Doubles Yvonne Hubler and Alexandra Walters, Charleston Southern Andressa Garcia and Alice Garcia, Winthrop Libby Scott and Dominique De Wit, Coastal Carolina Belen Rivera and Brittany Yang, Liberty
All-Academic Team Ana Maria Ortiz, Campbell Yvonne Hubler, Charleston Southern Dominique De Wit, Coastal Carolina Rokia Sacko, Gardner-Webb Brittany Yang, Liberty Sarah Moomau, Longwood Lucia Leahy, Presbyterian Taylor Newman, Radford Zoe Hamel, UNC Asheville Andressa Garcia, Winthrop
Player of the Year Marketa Placha, Charleston Southern
Freshman of the Year Honami Yazawa, Coastal Carolina
Scholar–Athlete of the Year Dominique De Wit, Coastal Carolina
Coach of the Year Mike Baker, Charleston Southern
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