SAVANNAH, GA -- The Peach Belt Conference announced the 2008 women’s tennis All-Conference team at a banquet in Savannah, Ga., site of this year’s PBC Tournament. Armstrong Atlantic State’s Iuliia Stupak was named the PBC Player of the Year for the second consecutive season while her teammate Alida Muller-Wehlau was named the Freshman of the Year. AASU head coach Simon Earnshaw was named the Coach of the Year.
Stupak continues AASU’s dominance of the Peach Belt Conference as the school takes home its 12th Player of the Year award. Stupak is the fourth AASU player to win the award more than once after turning in a perfect 20-0 record at #1 singles. The senior from Kiev, Ukraine, is ranked #2 in the nation and has won 53 straight singles matches dating back to the fall of 2006. In fact, Stupak has not dropped a set to a Division II player this season and was named the PBC Player of the Week six times.
Alida Muller-Wehlau becomes the sixth Lady Pirate to win the Freshman of the Year award. A native of Flensburg, Germany, Muller-Wehlau is ranked 11th in the nation after posting a 20-3 singles record, 9-1 in conference play, mostly at #3 singles. A two-time PBC Player of the Week, she has wins over three nationally-ranked opponents.
Simon Earnshaw may be running out of space on his walls to hang his Coach of the Year plaques as he takes home his sixth for coaching the Lady Pirates. He also has two for coaching the AASU men’s team, including the 2008 award. This season, his team won their fifth straight PBC Regular Season Championship after posting a 23-1 overall record, 10-0 in conference play. Earnshaw’s team is also the top seed for tomorrow’s PBC Tournament, which the Lady Pirates have won for the last four years in a row.
The 2008 PBC All-Conference team is listed below as selected by the league’s head coaches. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.
2008 Peach Belt
Women’s Tennis All-Conference Team
Johanna Dahlback, Armstrong Atlantic State
Celine Martin, GCSU
Alida Muller-Wehlau, Armstrong Atlantic State
Agata Polcyn, Columbus State
Anna Redecsi, Clayton State
Iuliia Stupak, Armstrong Atlantic State
Tereza Sykorova, Francis Marion
Martina Beckmann and Alida Muller-Wehlau, Armstrong Atlantic State
Julia Chergova and Anna Redecsi, Clayton State
Iuliia Stupak and Gabriella Kovacs, Armstrong Atlantic State
Player of the Year: Iuliia Stupak, Armstrong Atlantic State
Freshman of the Year: Alida Muller-Wehlau, Armstrong Atlantic State
Coach of the Year: Simon Earnshaw, Armstrong Atlantic State