April 25, 2003

ARLINGTON, Texas...The University of Texas at Arlington's Annemarie Lenze was named Southland Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Year Friday, marking the fourth consecutive year the award has gone to a UTA player. Lenze was also named the league's Newcomer of the Year and All-SLC first team in singles and second team All-SLC in doubles play, while her doubles partner, Anete Rozkalne, won the conference's Freshman of the Year honor.

Lenze, a sophomore from Donaueschinegen, Germany, transferred to UTA this year after player at the University of California, Santa Barbara as a freshman last year. She won all 10 of her matches against SLC competition in the No. 1 singles position this season, and owns a 21-8 overall singles record in 2002-03. Lenze follows current UTA graduate assistant Lisa Jackson, who won the award in both 2000 and 2001, and teammate Marketa Cizova, who won the honor last year, as SLC Players of the Year. Cizova sat out the spring season due to a wrist injury and is waiting to hear if she will be granted a medical redshirt by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. If Cizova's redshirt is granted, the last two SLC Players of the Year will be teammates throughout 2003-04.

Lenze never lost a match in conference play throughout the season. Along with her singles success, she and Rozkalne paired up to go 10-0 in doubles action. The tandem was 7-0 in the No. 1 slot and 3-0 in the No. 2 position. Overall, Lenze and Rozkalne were 14-3 playing doubles together in 2002-03.

Anete Rozkalne

Rozkalne, who hails from Riga, Latvia, is the second straight UTA player to win the Newcomer of the Year award, following Nadine Dressler last season. Rozkalne was 7-3 in conference singles action, going 5-2 in the No. 2 spot and 2-1 in the third position. Overall, Rozkalne was 16-13 in singles play.

Jitka Vetrovcova

The Mavericks' Jitka Vetrovcova was named to the All-SLC second team at the No. 4 singles position. Vetrovcova, from Prague, Czech Republic, is UTA's lone returnee from last season to play this spring. She went 9-1 against SLC competition, all in the fourth singles slot. Overall, Vetrovcova, a junior, was 20-11 in singles play.

Texas-Arlington finished the regular season 11-8 overall and 8-2 in the SLC, despite playing the entire spring without a full lineup. Having been hit hard by injuries, UTA has played every match without a player in the No. 6 singles position and without a No. 3 doubles team. Despite that, the Mavericks enter the SLC Tournament with the third seed, behind only Texas-San Antonio and Louisiana-Monroe, the only conference teams to beat UTA this year. The Mavericks are the tournament host, with the event held at the UTA Tennis Center. UTA plays sixth seeded Northwestern State at 3:30 p.m. Friday, with the winner playing against No. 2 seed ULM at 3:30 Saturday. The championship match is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday.

UTA's men's squad is also hosting the men's tournament this weekend. The men, who hold the No. 1 seed after winning the regular season championship, will play the winner of Friday's Texas-Pan American vs. Lamar match Saturday at 9:30 a.m. If UTA wins Saturday, the Mavericks will play in the championship Sunday at 10 a.m.





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