PBC Reveals Women’s Tennis All-Conference Team

PBC Player of the Year Marleen Tilgner of Columbus State
PBC Player of the Year Marleen Tilgner of Columbus State

FLORENCE, SC – The Peach Belt Conference presented the 2019 women's tennis All-Conference team at a banquet in Florence, S.C., on the eve of the PBC Championship.  Columbus State's Marleen Tilgner was named the PBC Player of the Year while Flagler's Eden Shlagenhauf was the Freshman of the Year. CSU's Evan Isaacs and Flagler's Rodrigo Puebla were named the co-Coaches of the Year.

Tilgner stepped into the #1 singles spot for the Cougars this season.  The sophomore from Seevetal, Germany, responded with a 14-3 mark at that position and 18-3 overall in singles play.  She is 5-1 against nationally-ranked opponents and was unbeaten at 9-0 in conference play.  Ranked #31 in the nation in singles, she is also ranked #12 in doubles with partner Beatriz Lopez.  Tilgner is 12-4 overall in doubles action this season, 5-0 in conference play.  She is the third Cougar to be named the PBC Player of the Year and second in a row, joining Lopez who won last season.

Shlagenhauf has been a key part of Flagler's rise to a #13 national ranking and #2 seed in this week's PBC Tournament.  From Reutlingen, Germany, she played all 19 matches at #2 singles with a 13-6 overall record including a 7-2 mark against conference opponents.  Ranked #61 in the nation in singles, she is also 13-6 overall in doubles including a 5-2 mark at #1 doubles.  She becomes the first Flagler women's tennis player to be named the PBC Freshman of the Year.

In his 18thseason at Columbus State, Evan Isaacs has built the Cougars into a national contender.  CSU won their third straight regular-season PBC Championship, going unbeaten in conference play for the second year in a row, and are the #1 seed in this weekend's PBC Tournament as they try to capture their third straight title. Currently ranked #4 in the nation, CSU is 19-4 overall on the season and poised to host and NCAA Tournament regional site for the 11thyear in a row.   Isaacs claims his third straight PBC Coach of the Year award for women's tennis, he has also won the award four times in men's tennis, including this year.

Rodrigo Pueblo took over the women's program at Flagler in 2016 and has the team poised for one of their best seasons since joining the Peach Belt Conference.  The Saints are the #2 seed in this week's PBC Tournament, their highest seeding ever, and ranked #13 in the nation.  Flagler is 15-5 heading into tournament play and are 8-1 against conference opponents, their best winning percentage ever.  Two of his singles players and two doubles teams are also nationally-ranked.  This is the first Coach of the Year honor for Pueblo and the first for a Flagler women's tennis coach since Walter Shinn won in 2014.

2019 PBC Women's Tennis
All-Conference Team

First Team 

Singles
Adrienne Bofinger, North Georgia
Elena Bompieri, USC Aiken
Beatriz Lopez, Columbus State
Valeria Lopez, Georgia College
Candice Paya, Columbus State
Marleen Tilgner, Columbus State 

Doubles Teams
Vaishali Jorge and Holly Bennett, North Georgia
Noa Davico and Luise Sachs, Columbus State
Lixin Wang and Anika Nissen, Flagler 

Second Team

Singles
Eduarda Ferreira, Lander
Vaishali Jorge, North Georgia
Anika Nissen, Flagler
Felicitas Runkel, Flagler
Luise Sachs, Columbus State
Eden Schlagenhauf, Flagler 

Doubles Teams
Candice Paya and Natalia Kattah Paz, Columbus State
Valeria Lopez and Emma Fleming, Georgia College
Adrienne Bofinger and Emma Etelalahti, North Georgia 

Elite 15 Award presented by EAB
Marie Amelie Cantenot, Augusta 

Freshman of the Year
Eden Schlagenhauf, Flagler 

Player of the Year
Marleen Tilgner, Columbus State 

Co-Coaches of the Year
Evan Isaacs, Columbus State
Rodrigo Puebla, Flagler

Women's Tennis 1st Team All-Conference Singles
Women's Tennis 1st Team All-Conference Doubles
Women's Tennis 2nd Team All-Conference Singles
Women's Tennis 2nd Team All-Conference Doubles
PBC Freshman of the Year Eden Schlagenhauf (L) and Player of the Year Marleen Tilgner
PBC co-Coaches of the Year Rodrigo Puebla (L) and Evan Isaacs