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April 16, 2011

Peach Belt Releases Women’s Tennis All-Conference Team

AUGUSTA, GA – The Peach Belt Conference has released the 2011 women’s tennis All-Conference team in conjunction with the PBC Tournament currently underway at the Newman Tennis Center in Augusta, Ga.  Armstrong Atlantic State once again swept all the major awards with Alida Muller-Wehlau claiming Player of the Year honors, Barbora Krtickova the Freshman of the Year award and Simon Earnshaw the Coach of the Year.  It is the third time in the last four years that AASU has swept all three titles.

Muller-Wehlau is the #5-ranked singles player in the nation.  The 2008 PBC Freshman of the Year and now four-time first-team All-Conference performer was 17-3 at #1 singles for the Pirates.  She did not drop a set in 10 PBC singles matches this season and was 7-3 against nationally-ranked competition.  A senior from Flensburg, Germany, Muller-Wehlau began her season last fall as the ITA Division II singles champion.  She was equally impressive in doubles play, claiming the ITA ‘Super Bowl’ doubles title with partner Barbora Krtickova.  She continues the rich history of AASU women’s tennis by extending the school’s streak of Player of the Year honorees to 12 straight years and 16 of the past 17.

In her first season of collegiate tennis, Barbora Krtickova rose to a #11 national ranking where she currently resides.  A native of Nove Mesto Mad Metuji in the Czech Republic, Krtickova was 20-2 in singles play this spring, splitting her time at #2 and #3 singles.  All 11 of her Peach Belt wins were by straight sets as well as all 17 in dual matches this spring.  She was 2-1 against nationally-ranked opponents during the year and equally impressive in doubles play, claiming the ITA ‘Super Bowl’ doubles title with Muller-Wehlau.  Krtickova becomes the third Lady Pirate in the last four years to be named the PBC Freshman of the Year.

Simon Earnshaw has built a tennis dynasty in Savannah as the three-time defending national champion.  The Lady Pirates have been ranked the #1 team in the nation all season long and won their eighth straight PBC regular-season title in 2011.  The Lady Pirates are also the seven-time defending PBC Tournament champions and are the #1 seed in this year’s event.  AASU  once again ran the table in the Peach Belt and have not lost a match to a conference school since 2003.  The Coach of the Year award is his fifth in a row and ninth overall, he has also been named the PBC men’s Coach of the Year four times, including this season.

Below is the 2011 women’s tennis All-Conference team as selected by the league’s head coaches.  Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.

2011 PBC Women’s Tennis
All-Conference Team

First Team -  Singles
Tracy Castillo, Columbus State
Aleksandra Filipovski, Armstrong Atlantic State
Jitka Gavdunova, Francis Marion
Barbora Krtickova, Armstrong Atlantic State
Alida Muller-Wehlau, Armstrong Atlantic State
Viktoriya Semyrodenko, Clayton State

First Team – Doubles
Mona Blauen & Jitka Gavdunova, Francis Marion
Lorianne Favoretto & Madeline Johnson, Columbus State
Alida Muller-Wehlau & Barbora Krtickova, Armstrong Atlantic State

Second Team – Singles
Mona Blauen, Francis Marion
Lorianne Favoretto, Columbus State
Madeline Johnson, Columbus State
Bertille Lion, Georgia College
Tina Ronel, Armstrong Atlantic State
Katie White, Clayton State

Second Team – Doubles
Kathleen Henry & Tina Ronel, Armstrong Atlantic State
Bertille Lion & Kayla Barksdale, Georgia College
Viktoriya Semyrodenko & Ivana Krommelova, Clayton State

Player of the Year
Alida Muller-Wehlau, Armstrong Atlantic State

Freshman of the Year
Barbora Krtickova, Armstrong Atlantic State

Coach of the Year
Simon Earnshaw, Armstrong Atlantic State