April 22, 2005
ARLINGTON, Texas - Texas-Arlington freshman Pavla Mesterova headlined the 2005 All-Southland Conferencce Women's Tennis teams as the league's player and freshman of the year. The Lady Mavericks claimed three of the four individual awards, inclduing coach of the year after winning their sixth regular season title and second straight.
Five singles (1-3, 5-6) and one doubles position (3) were automatcis first-team all-SLC. According to Southland policy, student-athletes and doubles teams perfect in conference, playing at least 50 percent of the matches in a position, automatically earn an all-conference position.
UTA continued its tradition of turning in top talent as Mesterova went undefeated in Southland play at the top singles flight with a perfect 10-0 mark, the same as the team's unbeaten record this year. Mesterova, who is the fifth consecutive Lady Maverick to be named freshman of the year, is the first netter to garner both player and rookie of the year honors in the same season.
Monika Peciulionyte was the other automatic all-league pick for UTA after compiling a 6-0 mark at No. 3 singles to collect her second straight first-team honor. It is the first in singles for the sophomore, as Peciulionyte was named to the first team unit in doubles last season.
For the second straight year, Christian Wassmer was voted the SLC Coach of the Year by his peers for guiding the Lady Mavericks to their sixth regular season title and second straight. Wassmer leads all head women's tennis coaches in the Southland with a league-best four honors.
The Lady Mavericks are the top seed in this weekend's SLC tournament in San Antonio.