April 17, 2014
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana - UT Arlington women's tennis players received several honors at the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Championship banquet held Thursday evening.
Thoms delivered nine wins while playing in the top two singles positions this season. The West Sussex, United Kingdom native also took home Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week honors on April 9.
De los Rios was racked up an 11-6 singles record, while competing at the No. 3 and No. 4 position for the Mavericks. She went 9-6 at the No. 3 spot and 2-0 at No. 4.
Georgia State senior Abigail Tere-Apisah took home the top honors as the Women's Player of Year for the conference.
Guiding her program to top seed in the tournaments, Georgia State women's tennis head coach Robin Stephenson earned Coach of the Year honors. The Georgia State women's team finished the year ranked No. 65 after achieving a high ranking of No. 48 on the year.
Tere-Apisah, a native of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, finished the season with a national singles ranking of No. 20. The senior owns eight wins over nationally-ranked singles opponents this season and went 15-2 overall in singles play at the No. 1 spot in the Georgia State lineup. Tere-Apisah earned Sun Belt Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week honors four times this season, the most of any student-athlete on the men's or women's side. In doubles, Tere-Apisah teams with junior Masa Grgan to form the No. 20-ranked doubles tandem in the nation. The duo has defeated five nationally-ranked doubles teams this season and owns a 14-2 overall record during dual-match play.
Joining Tere-Apisah and Thoms as All-Conference Singles First Team honorees were UL Monroe senior Medy Blankvoort, South Alabama freshman Laura Valkova, Texas State senior Jessica Kahts and Troy sophomore Trang Huynh. Blankvoort notched an 11-4 record this season while Valkova earned back-to-back Sun Belt Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week honors in the spring. Kahts entered the season with a regional ranking and finished a strong senior year with 11 wins in the top singles spot. Huynh has won 12 of her last 13 singles matches, including 10 straight, to close the regular-season.
The women take on No. 7-seeded Arkansas State Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the City Park/Pepsi Tennis Centerr. The winner advances to the semifinals to face with South Alabama or ULM.
For more information on the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Tennis Championships, visit the championship central page on SunBeltSports.org. Live scoring will be available for all matches of the tournaments. Admission is free for all matches at the City Park Tennis Center.
Player of the Year
Abigail Tere-Apisah (Georgia State)
Coach of the Year
Robin Stephenson (Georgia State)
Sun Belt All-Conference Singles First Team
Abigail Tere-Apisah (Georgia State)
Medy Blankvoort (UL Monroe)
Laura Valkova (South Alabama)
Elizabeth Thoms (UT Arlington)
Jessica Kahts (Texas State)
Trang Huynh (Troy)
Sun Belt All-Conference Doubles First Team
Abigail Tere-Apisah/Masa Grgan (Georgia State)
Marcia Tere-Apisah/Tarani Kamoe (Georgia State)
Trang Huynh/Anja Cosovic (Troy)
Sun Belt All-Conference Singles Second Team
Tamara Slijepcevic (Arkansas State)
Linn Timmermann (Georgia State)
Petra Horakova (UL Monroe)
Monica Midden (South Alabama)
Angeles de los Rios (UT Arlington)
Anja Cosovic (Troy)
Sun Belt All-Conference Doubles Second Team
Monica Mitty/Laura Valkova (South Alabama)
Emily Newton/Michaela Meszarosova (South Alabama)
Jessica Kahts/Ana Laura Gutierrez (Texas State)
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