PBC Announces Women’s Tennis All-Conference Team

PBC Announces Women’s Tennis All-Conference Team

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Peach Belt Conference announced the 2014 women's tennis All-Conference team at a banquet in Florence, S.C., on the eve of the PBC Championships.  Armstrong Atlantic State's Aleksandra Filipovski was named the PBC Player of the Year while Columbus State's Beatriz Leon was named the Freshman of the Year.  Armstrong's Simon Earnshaw and Flagler's Walter Shinn were named the PBC co-Coaches of the Year.

Filipovski is the #3-ranked player in the nation with a 19-1 singles record, all at the #1 spot.  A senior from Szeged, Hungary, is 5-1 against nationally-ranked opponents including a win over second-ranked and two-time PBC Player of the Year Paolo Cigui of CSU.  She also partnered with Barbora Krtickova to go 19-1 in doubles play, all at the #1 spot; the #2-ranked doubles team in the nation.  Filipovski brings the Player of the Year honor back to Armstrong for the 17th time, the first since Alida Muller-Wehlau in 2011.

Beatriz Leon went 18-2 in singles play in her first collegiate season.  The freshman from Zaragoza, Spain, played all her matches at the #2 singles spot, going 11-1 against conference opponents and earning a #14 national ranking.  Leon partnered with Paola Cigui at #1 doubles, going 17-3 overall and rising to #10 in the nation.  Leon is the third Cougar to ever be named the PBC Freshman of the Year, the first since Tracy Castillo in 2010.

Simon Earnshaw continues to build a dynasty at Armstrong with his team poised to make a run at a third straight national championship this season.  The Pirates are currently ranked #2 in the nation, won their 11th straight PBC regular-season championship and are the #1 seed in the PBC Tournament, which they have won for 10 years in row.  Earnshaw claims the coach of the year award for the eighth year in a row and his 13th overall.

Walter Shinn will finish his remarkable 35-year run as the head coach of the Flagler Saints in 2014.  His 2014 team is among the best as a part of the PBC with an 11-2 conference record, 15-3 overall, a #24 national ranking and the three seed for the PBC Tournament.  Shinn, who will retire at the end of the year, has over 500 wins as a women's tennis coach at Flagler, receives his first women's tennis coach of the year honor, he was named a PBC men's co-coach of the year in 2011.

The 2014 women's tennis All-Conference team is listed below as selected by the league's head coaches.  Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.

2014 PBC Women's Tennis All-Conference Team

First Team Singles
Paola Cigui, Columbus State
Aleksandra Filipovski, Armstrong
Marlen Hacke, Armstrong
Samantha Koelliker, Francis Marion
Barbora Krtickova, Armstrong
Beatriz Leon, Columbus State

Second Team Singles
Clara Perez, Armstrong
Niki Polcerova, Montevallo
Macy Polk, Georgia College
Carolina Prats-Millan, Armstrong
Esther Santiago, Flagler
Nadine Tusiama, USC Aiken

First Team Doubles
Paola Cigui & Beatriz Leon, Columbus State
Aleksandra Filipovski & Barbora Krtickova, Armstrong
Marlen Hacke & Olga Kalodzitsa, Armstrong

Second Team Doubles
Julia Graf & Nora Westbye, Francis Marion
Carolina Lainez & Cayce Bradley, Lander
Clara Perez & Carolina Prats-Millan, Armstrong

Freshman of the Year
Beatriz Leon, Columbus State

Player of the Year
Aleksandra Filipovski, Armstrong

Co-Coaches of the Year
Simon Earnshaw, Armstrong
Walter Shinn, Flagler