April 26, 2012
DeKALB, Ill. -- Miami's undefeated run through the Mid-American Conference regular season was reflected at Thursday's Tennis Championship Awards Ceremony as senior Stephanie Danesis was named Player of the Year, while Anca Dumitrescu was voted Coach of the Year for the second straight year.
Danesis was also named first-team All-MAC, while Christiana Raymond earned second-team honors.
An Akron native, Danesis swept through league play during the year, winning all eight matches at No. 1 and posting a 14-6 overall record in dual matches. She was 10-3 in the top flight after starting the year in the No. 3 spot. She missed the entire fall season with an injury. In doubles play, the Akron native was 11-11 overall, 5-3 in the MAC, partnering with five different RedHawks over the season.
Raymond, a Columbus native who transferred from DePaul last summer, played primarily in the No. 4 slot, winning nine of 11 matches there. She was 6-2 in league play and 13-5 during the spring duals season. For the entire year, she was 17-8.
Dumitrescu's award marks the fourth straight year that Miami's tennis coach has been voted tops by other league coaches. Assistant coach Ricardo Rosas, then the interim coach, captured the award in 2010, while Howard Joffe won the award in 2009.
The RedHawks, 13-9 overall are the tournament's No. 1 seed, for the fourth straight year. Danesis and fellow seniors Jessica Parr and Riekie Honiball went undefated in their regular-season league MAC careers, winning all 32 matches. Miami won the league tournament in 2009 and 2010 before falling 4-3 to Akron in last year's finale.
Quarterfinal action begins tomorrow at 11 a.m. ET when Miami takes on No. 9-seeded Ball State, a 4-3 winner over No. 8 Toledo on Thursday. The RedHawks swept the Cardinal 7-0 Saturday in the regular-season finale.
2012 Women's Tennis All-MAC
Stephanie Danesis, Miami
Zara Harutyunyan, Akron
Nikki Chiricosta, Bowling Green
Tanvi Shah, Buffalo
Olga Shkundina, Akron
Courtney Wild, Ball State
Nino Mebuke, Eastern Michigan
Prang Pantusart, Akron
Miriam Westerink, Eastern Michigan
Emily Reuland, Bowling Green
Kelsey Anonsen, Toledo
Christiana Raymond, Miami
COACH OF THE YEAR: Anca Dumitrescu, Miami
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Olga Shkundina, Akron
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Stephanie Danesis, Miami
LEANN GRIMES DAVIDGE SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD: Maddy Eccleston, Bowling Green