Women's Tennis - Fri. May. 25, 2012
MOBILE, Ala. ---- The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced its 2012 Women's Tennis All-Americans on Friday and the two-time defending national champions placed five on the list, including first-teamers Ana Veselinovic, Jade Curtis and Tiffany William.
In addition, Morgane Zowczak was a second-team selection, while Kveta Hajkova earned honorable mention honors. AUM and tournament semifinalist Fresno Pacific led all teams with five players honored.
Players were selected by the All-America committee. The list of honorees includes 16 student-athletes on each of the first and second teams, plus 21 honorable mentions.
During her final season, Veselinovic was dominant as she finished 23-2 in singles matches, playing all but one match at the top position. She was also 28-0 in doubles play, seeing action exclusively at the No. 1 position. She won her final six singles matches and posted a 10-2 record against ranked opponents. Veselinovic was also selected the Marvin P. Richmond Outstanding Player of the 2012 national tournament. The Herceg-Novi, Montenegro, native, ends her career with the Warhawks as a three-time First-Team All-American and three-time Southern States Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
Curtis also repeated as a First-Team All-American after finishing the season with a perfect record in singles and doubles play. Curtis, who hails from Saltash, England, recorded a 22-0 record in singles matches, playing at the top three spots throughout the year. She did the majority of her damage as the team's No. 2 player, where she finished 20-0. Dating back to last season, Curtis has won 39 consecutive singles matches. In doubles, she teamed with Veselinovic to win all 25 matches played, all of which came at the No. 1 position.
In her first season with the Warhawks, William provided stability in the middle of the team's line up. The London, England, native, won 20 of her 24 matches on the season, playing primarily at the No. 3 or No. 4 positions. She was also strong in doubles play, posting a 17-9 record and seeing action at all three spots.
Despite missing part of the season, Zowczak finished the year as strong as any player on the team. The junior from Yutz, France, posted a 13-2 singles record, including her final nine straight matches. She also finished with a 15-3 doubles record, highlighted by a perfect 10-0 mark with Hajkova at the No. 3 position. The 2012 season marks the third consecutive season Zowczak has earned Second-Team All-American honors.
For the second consecutive season, Hajkova was named an Honorable Mention All-American. The senior from Bratislava, Slovakia, she posted a perfect 26-0 record in singles matches and finished her career by winning her final 36 singles matches dating back to 2011. Hajkova also made an impact in doubles play, recording a 23-2 record while playing at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions.
The Warhawks finished the season with a 26-2 record, including a 19-2 mark against teams ranked in the top 25 of the NAIA and NCAA Division I, II and III. The championship also marks the eighth time in nine year that AUM has taken home the championship banner and the 10th in 13 tries since the NAIA adopted the team format in 2000. During the 2012 season, AUM posted a 114-32 record in singles play and a 58-25 mark in doubles matches.