Liberty women's tennis players Evangeline Crist and Anna Dollar were recognized on the VaSID All-State Doubles first team by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID), this afternoon.
Crist and Dollar are the 11th doubles pairing in Lady Flames history to receive all-state distinction and fifth in the last four years under head coach Jeff Maren. Both players earned the same recognition in 2016 with different doubles partners.
Crist, a junior from Lilburn, Ga., and Dollar, a sophomore from Lancaster, Pa., exhibited consistency throughout the course of the 2016-17 season. The tandem compiled a 17-11 overall record, which included a 9-3 mark in fall tournament play and 3-3 record in Big South action, this past spring.
Their most impressive stretch of play came at the 2016 ITA Atlantic Regional at Old Dominion, Oct. 14-17. Seeded No. 9, Crist and Dollar upset Maryland's No. 3 unit of Ekaterina Tour and Arnelle Sullivan to reach the semifinals of the regional, becoming the first Liberty duo in school history to qualify for the semifinals.
Two weeks prior, Crist and Dollar were the first Lady Flames pairing to be invited to compete at the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships.
The duo closed 2016-17 as the No. 7 doubles unit in the Oracle/ITA Division I Regional Rankings for the Atlantic Region. Crist has 74 doubles victories in three years in a Liberty uniform, third-most in Liberty women's tennis history, while Dollar has the program's fifth-best doubles winning percentage (.672, 45-22 record) through two seasons of her career.
William & Mary claimed two of the three major awards handed out by VaSID. Marie Faure was voted VaSID Player of the Year, while Tribe head coach Tyler Thomson was tabbed VaSID Coach of the Year. Virginia's Rosie Johanson collected VaSID Rookie of the Year honors.
2017 VaSID All-State Women's Tennis, University Division
Player of the Year – Marie Faure, College of William & Mary Coach of the Year – Tyler Thomson, College of William & Mary Rookie of the Year – Rosie Johanson, University of Virginia
All-State First Team
Doubles Marie Faure/Lauren Goodman – College of William & Mary Evangeline Crist/Anna Dollar – Liberty University Janina Braun/Anna Rasmussen – VCU
Singles Janina Braun - VCU Marie Faure – College of William & Mary Timea Guibe – JMU Rosie Johanson – University of Virginia Anna Rasmussen – VCU Ekaterina Stepanova – College of William & Mary
All-State Second Team
Doubles Kristina Titova/Mariam Mitaishvili – Hampton Timea Guibe/Kimmy Herrock – JMU Holly Hutchinson/Ingrid Vojcinakova – ODU Kiana Marshall/Lyndell Giffenig – Richmond
Singles Borislava Botusharova – ODU Rosie Cheng – College of William & Mary Francesca Fusinato – Virginia Tech Holly Hutchinson – ODU Natalie Novotna – Virginia Tech Natalia Perry – College of William & Mary Kristina Titova – Hampton
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