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ODU women's tennis hosted a youth tennis group during the St. Francis match Sunday.
Toni Neykova enters her second season as associate head coach of the ODU women's tennis program.
In her first season at ODU, Neykova helped lead the Lady Monarchs to a 13-10 overall record and advance to the semifinals of the CAA Tournament.
Three Lady Monarchs earned all-conference honors, including CAA Co-Rookie of the Year in Aleksandra Mitrovska. Diana Ivanova earned first team honors while Melissa Esnal Olguin earned third-team accolades. Ivanova and Esnal Olguin teamed up for All-CAA doubles honors as well.
Neykova joied the Lady Monarchs after a three-year stint as an assistant coach at William and Mary. Neykova helped lead W&M to the CAA Championship this past season as the Tribe earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament. She was named the 2011 ITA Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
"Toni will be an invaluable asset to the programs goal of becoming a top 25 contender," Manilla said. "Her success as a recruiter at Iowa and then William and Mary made her a clear choice for the job. I am excited to see what she will bring to the table."
Before heading to W&M, Neykova was an assistant coach at Iowa for six years, helping the Hawkeyes to three NCAA Tournament appearances.
Neykova enjoyed an outstanding career as a student-athlete at Iowa, becoming the first four-time All-Big Ten honoree. She was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 1999 and earned two NCAA Tournament bids in doubles and as a senior was the first ever Iowa women's tennis player to earn a trip to the NCAA singles tournament.
"Toni not only has a reputation for being a solid recruiter but possess a successful track record of developing and growing student-athletes, academically and athletically," Associate Athletic Director Bruce Stewart said. "I am elated she has chosen to become a part of the Monarch family."