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Women's Tennis - Thu. Aug. 30, 2012

FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. ---- Ana Veselinovic, the No. 1 player from the NAIA National Champion Auburn Montgomery women's tennis team in 2012, was named to the 29th Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Star Team in a ceremony preceding the US Open last weekend.


The All-Star Team is comprised of the nation's top-ranked players at the end of the year from the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA. It also includes winners of the 2011 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships and 2012 NCAA Division I Championships.

"Ana was a great asset to the program, and a key player for us in the two seasons I have coached here," Head Coach Rolando Vargas said. "Being recognized as a player on the ITA All-Collegiate team is a well-deserved honor for Ana and AUM. I wish her the best in all of her future endeavors."

Veselinovic made the team along with 13 other singles players and six doubles teams. Bruno Tiberti, the No. 1 ranked men's player from Oklahoma Christian University, was the other NAIA representative.

The honor completes a dominant senior season for Veselinovic. She finished the year 23-2 in singles and went a perfect 28-0 in doubles, playing primarily with sophomore Jade Curtis. After the Warhawks clinched their eighth National Championship in nine seasons, she was named the Marvin P. Richmond Outstanding Player of the tournament.

Veselinovic was also named to the NAIA All-American First-Team for her third consecutive season. She was successful both as an athlete and a student, finishing with a 3.59 cumulative GPA and earning spots on the Capital One Academic All-District First-Team and the Capital One Academic All-America Women's At-Large Second-Team. In 2011, she won the USTA/ITA National Small College Super Bowl singles title.

The ceremony was a part of Arthur Ashe Kids' Day, and took place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. In addition to the ITA All-Star Team, it also recognized 10 recipients of the 2012 Arthur Ashe Jr. National Leadership and Sportsmanship Award.

Originally from Herceg-Novi, Montenegro, Veselinovic was one of two seniors for the Warhawks last season. The team won its second consecutive National Championship, and its 12th in program history.