Scotties Receive Multiple USA South Awards

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - The USA South Athletic Conference has announced its 2017 All-Conference awards for women's tennis. Averett University's Heidi Sarkkinen earned Player of the Year, LaGrange College's Jenna Eppes was named Rookie of the Year and Methodist University's John Blackburn collected Coach of the Year. Also, the USA South recognized an All-Sportsmanship Team, consisting of one member from each competing school.

Agnes Scott, who fell in the USA South Quarterfinals on Thursday, 7-2, was well-represented in the announcements, as junior Maddie Hoffman made school history by becoming the first athlete from Agnes Scott to be named to the First Team All-Conference, after posting an impressive 11-3 record at the No. 1 singles spot for the Scotties, including the best record in the West Division, going 6-1 in conference play.

"Maddie has had an incredible first three years at Agnes Scott," commented head coach T.J. Greggs, "and she deserves this recognition. She fights harder than almost anyone out there, every match, and deserves every award she receives."

Setting more history for the Scotties was first-year Lizzy Engsberg, who joined Hoffman on the First Team West Division, as the Scotties were the only team to place two players on the First Team, and the first time this year that a team from Agnes Scott placed more than one player on the Divisional First Team. Engsberg, who played at the No. 2 spot for the Scotties, finished the regular season undefeated in conference play, and with an overall record of 12-1.

"Lizzy has had an outstanding season for us," commented Greggs. "She is one of the calmest players I have ever coached, and she has listened to the advice from coaching staff this season and improved tremendously."

Finally, adding to the great day for the Scotties, was junior Taylor Lee, who has partnered with Engsberg at the top doubles spot, as well as played No. 3 in singles. Lee was named by the conference coaches to the Second Team West Division. 

"I am extremely excited for Taylor," added Greggs. "She has played on a sore ankle all season long, and fought through pain to help us win matches. She has worked so hard with (Assistant Coach) Alex Toliver on a variety of things, and has changed her game. She makes great strides every year, and is a leader on this team."

In addition to the awards for competition, the conference also awards each school an All-Sportsmanship Award to one player from each team, voted on by the members of that team. This season's recipient for Agnes Scott was senior Isabel Zhao, who went 2-0 in USA South play this season at the No. 6 position, and partnered with Lee for an 8-0 win against Wesleyan in her lone USA South doubles match.

"There isn't a kinder person out there than Isabel," said Greggs, "and I am immensely proud of her for how much she has contributed to this team. This is a player who had never played tennis before, and came to the United States, learned the game, and improved to the point of being able to win matches for us at the collegiate level."

All awards are voted on by the women's tennis coach at each institution. The divisional team voting is completed only by those coaches in the particular division. The all-conference and individual award voting is completed by all coaches. 


The 2017 USA South Women's Tennis All-Conference Team:
 
First Team All-Conference
Jenna Eppes, LaGrange
Aly Hall, Covenant
Maddie Hoffman, Agnes Scott
Jenna Landis, Methodist
Heidi Sarkkinen, Averett
Ashton Walker, Methodist


First Team East Division Second Team East Division First Team West Division Second Team West Division
Cailin Goff, Meredith
Jenna Landis, Methodist
Sam Munze, Methodist
Heidi Sarkkinen, Averett

Florencia Sorrentino, N.C. Wesleyan
Ashton Walker, Methodist

Davi Barbour, Methodist
Ana Diaz, N.C. Wesleyan
Gillian Emerson, Meredith
Nicole Halabi, N.C. Wesleyan
Hannah Mattson, Averett
Riley Zopp, Methodist
Morgan Buchholz, Piedmont
Dusty Catala, Huntingdon
Lizzy Engsberg, Agnes Scott
Jenna Eppes, LaGrange
Aly Hall, Covenant
Maddie Hoffman, Agnes Scott

Mariah Bastos, Huntingdon
Annie DeLuca, Covenant

Jia Lee, LaGrange
Taylor Lee, Agnes Scott
Claire Luger, Covenant
Josie Waddell, Huntingdon



All-Sportsmanship

Isabel Zhao, Agnes Scott
Hannah Mattson, Averett
Esther Eddy, Covenant
Hailee Green, Ferrum
Sarah Drummond, Greensboro
Josie Waddell, Huntingdon
Jia Lee, LaGrange
Sakurako Ishii, Mary Baldwin
Tessa Wilcox, Maryville
Emily Wilkinson, Meredith
Jenna Landis, Methodist
Stephany Barbera, N.C. Wesleyan
Karina Rivera, Piedmont
Lindsay Young, Salem
Centara Nulf, Wesleyan
Deja Gainey, William Peace