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Seven Women's Tennis Players Receive C-USA Postseason Accolades

April 26, 2019
By ODU Athletics

NORFOLK, Va. – Seven student-athletes from the Old Dominion women’s tennis team received Conference USA postseason accolades as voted on by league head coaches and announced by C-USA officials on Friday afternoon.

Brooke Pilkington was named the Newcomer of the Year. Pilkington and teammate Holly Hutchinson were named the Co-Outstanding Doubles Team of the Championship, as well as earned All-Conference USA Doubles Team honors. Hutchinson also garnered First Team Singles accolades, while Pilkington was named to the Second Team for singles.

Nataliia Vlasova joined Hutchinson on the All C-USA Singles First Team. Vlasova paired with teammate Natalya Malenko to obtain a spot on the All-Doubles Second Team.  

Joining Pilkington on the All-Singles Second team were Oleksandra Andrieieva and Yulia Starodubtseva.

Starodubtseva and Andrieieva teamed up on the All-Doubles Second Team.

Andrieieva was joined by comrade Alesya Yakubovich on the Conference USA All-Freshman Team.

Old Dominion currently boasts a 19-4 record and went 11-0 at home. At one point this season, ODU was the No. 19 nationally ranked team by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), which marked the highest ranking in program history.

Superlative Awards
Player of the Year – Michaela Haet, Rice
Freshman of the Year – Martina Kudelova, Florida Atlantic
Newcomer of the Year – Brooke Pilkington, Old Dominion
Outstanding Singles Player of the Championship – Victoria Smirnova, Rice
Co-Outstanding Doubles Team of the Championship – Victoria Smirnova/Anna Bowtell, Rice
Co-Outstanding Doubles Team of the Championship – Brooke Pilkington/Holly Hutchinson, Old Dominion

All-Conference Teams

First Team Singles
Martina Kudelova, Florida Atlantic
Maria Kononova, North Texas
Tamuna Kutubidze, North Texas
Holly Hutchinson, Old Dominion
Nataliia Vlasova, Old Dominion
Michaela Haet, Rice
Anastasia Smirnova, Rice
Victoria Smirnova, Rice

Second Team Singles
Rocio Safont, Charlotte
Basak Akbas, FIU
Natalie Kallmunzerova, Florida Atlantic
Anna Smith, Marshall
Oleksandra Andrieieva, Old Dominion
Brooke Pilkington, Old Dominion
Yulia Starodubtseva, Old Dominion
Anna Bowtell, Rice
Priya Niezgoda, Rice
Kirsten Prelle, UTEP

First Team Doubles
Kamila Umarova/Basak Akbas, FIU
Maria Kononova/Tamuna Kutubidze, North Texas
Holly Hutchinson/Brooke Pilkington, Old Dominion
Linda Huang/Michaela Haet, Rice
Priya Niezgoda/Anastasia Smirnova, Rice

Second Team Doubles
Ivana Babic/Alexandra Heczey, North Texas
Yulia Starodubtseva/Oleksandra Andrieieva, Old Dominion
Nataliia Vlasova/Natalya Malenko, Old Dominion
Anna Bowtell/Victoria Smirnova, Rice

All-Freshman Team
Basak Akbas, FIU
Martina Kudelova, Florida Atlantic
Oleksandra Andrieieva, Old Dominion
Alesya Yakubovich, Old Dominion
Anastasia Smirnova, Rice
Victoria Smirnova, Rice

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