Trumbull Earns First-Team All-SAC HonorsApril 20, 2011
ROCK HILL, S.C. – Anderson University freshman Lauren Trumbull has been named to the 2011 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Tennis All-Conference Team, as announced by the league office.
Trumbull helped lead the Trojans to an 11-7 regular-season record and a No. five seed in this week’s South Atlantic Conference Tournament. She posted a stellar 14-1 record in singles action, while teaming with teammates Marcela Gallegos and Avery Owens to go a combined 12-5 on the doubles’ side.
The Anderson, S.C., native, won her last 12 regular-season matches, playing at both the No. 3 and No. 4 slots.
“It is great that our players were recognized for their efforts this season,” said Anderson head coach Joey Eskridge. “Lauren lost only one match all year and that was to the number one team in the country in Armstrong Atlantic. I am very happy with our success despite having several injuries and illness this season.”
Mars Hill College’s Erika Pinate went 9-0 at No. 1 singles in conference play for the Lions, and is 13-2 overall, earned Player of the Year honors. She has a 9-6 overall record in doubles action.
Wingate University’s Ali Evers, who helped lead the Bulldogs to a conference title in her first season, was named Freshman of the Year. Evers, a freshman from Roswell, Ga., played No. 2 singles for the Bulldogs, where she went 15-5 overall and 6-3 against conference opponents. She also went 18-2 in double play, including a 7-2 conference record.
Wingate coach Michael Cabana, who guided the Bulldogs to their second conference champion ship in school history, and first since 2003, was named Coach of the Year. He wins the award for the first time in his career.
Wingate led the way with four All-Conference selections, while Brevard and Lincoln Memorial had three each.
Tusculum’s Blake Thompson was named the Scholar-Athlete for women’s tennis. Blake is a senior majoring in pre-medicine, and has a 3.61 GPA. She has been on the Tusculum Dean’s List every semester, as well as the Charles Oliver Gray honor list. In 2008, she was recognized as the Tusculum Academic Freshman of the Year for having the highest GPA.
During her tennis career, Thompson has recorded 92 career victories in singles and doubles, including 36 conference wins. She had a 22-match winning streak in singles from 2009 to 2010. She helped Tusculum to two conference championships and one tournament title. She has been named an ITA Scholar-Athlete three times.
Thompson has volunteered with Special Olympics, Greeneville Food Pantry, Santa Pal Program, Adopt-A-Family, at a local soup kitchen, and assisted with remodeling a day care center. She also volunteered at a Wellmont Hospital in Bristol, Tenn., where she shadowed doctors and helped organize patient charts.
The South Atlantic Conference Scholar-Athlete Award recognizes one student-athlete in each of its 14 sports programs and represents a combination of athletic skill, academic achievement and participation in community service and leadership. The award is selected by the league’s Faculty Athletic Representatives.
2011 SOUTH ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
ALL-CONFERENCE WOMEN’S TENNIS TEAM
Lauren Trumbull, Anderson
Lindsay Hostetter, Brevard
Lindsay Shaeffer, Brevard
Leah Donoff, Lincoln Memorial
Sofia Lopez Mimendi, Lincoln Memorial
Erika Pinate, Mars Hill
Ali Evers, Wingate
Kara Stasikelis, Wingate
Claire Dillman, Brevard
Taryn Cappadona, Carson-Newman
Kasia Zielinski, Catawba
Emily Mauser, Lenoir-Rhyne
Alexandra Granger, Lincoln Memorial
Tatiana Dualiby, Mars Hill
Blake Thompson, Tusculum
Morgan Winston, Wingate
Olivia Poole, Wingate
Player of the Year – Erika Pinate, Mars Hill
Freshman of the Year – Ali Evers, Wingate
Coach of the Year – Michael Cabana, Wingate
Scholar-Athlete – Blake Thompson, Tusculum