April 29, 2011

Seven Generals Earn Women's Tennis All-Conference Honors

FOREST, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its women's tennis all-conference teams on Friday and Washington and Lee had seven players selected to the first team.

Named to the first team were junior Ellen Yeatman (Little Rock, Ark./Little Rock Central) at No. 1 singles, junior Lauren Lukas (Manitowoc, Wis./Lincoln) at No. 2 singles, junior Jen Snyder (Highland Heights, Ohio/Gilmour Academy) at No. 3 singles, junior Trelsie Sadler (Wakefield, R.I./Groton School) at No. 4 singles, sophomore Sallie Griffin (Warrenton, Va./Highland School) at No. 5 singles and senior Catherine Reed (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS) at No. 6 singles.

Lukas and Sadler paired to earn first team honors at No. 1 doubles, while Yeatman and Snyder earned accolades at No. 2 doubles. Junior Ann Morris (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic) and Reed were tabbed to the first team at No. 3 doubles.  Additionally, Head Coach Eric Ishida was named the ODAC Coach of the Year for the fourth consecutive season.

Yeatman earned first team All-ODAC honors in both singles and doubles for the third time in her career. This season, Yeatman is ranked sixth in the Atlantic South Region, owning an overall record of 5-9 while going a perfect 3-0 in conference play. In doubles, her and Snyder have posted a record of 11-4 overall while being ranked 10th in the Atlantic South.

Lukas has notched a 10-8 overall record, playing mostly at No. 2 singles, and is currently ranked ninth in the Atlantic South. She has paired with Sadler to rank fourth in the region in doubles action with an overall record of 15-9. This is the second-consecutive season Lukas has garnered First Team All-ODAC honors.

With a 7-12 overall record and an 11-4 doubles ledger while playing with Yeatman, Snyder earned ODAC First Team honors for the third time in singles and second time in doubles. She is currently ranked 21st in the Atlantic South in singles and 10th in doubles.

Sadler has logged a 13-6 overall singles record and a 15-9 mark in doubles with Lukas during the 2010-11 season. The all-conference accolades are the second for Sadler in both singles and doubles.

Earning her first All-ODAC singles and doubles honors, Griffin is 17-3 in singles and 12-10 in doubles this season. She was perfect in ODAC action, posting a 3-0 singles and a  4-0 doubles ledger.

Serving as team captain this season, Reed garnered all-conference honors in both singles and doubles for the first time in her career. This season, Reed has posted an overall record of 14-5, including a 5-0 mark in conference play. In doubles, she paired with Morris to go a perfect 3-0.

Morris collected All-ODAC doubles honors for the third time in her career after pairing with Reed at the No. 3 position, posting a perfect 3-0 record.

Ishida, in his fourth year at the helm, has helped lead the Generals to a No. 8 national and No. 2 Atlantic South ranking in the latest ITA poll. This is Ishida's fourth ODAC Coach of the Year honor and during that span, he has led W&L to an 85-19 overall record, four ODAC titles and four NCAA Division III Tournament appearances.

Sweet Briar first-year Ariel Taylor was named the Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, while Hollins' Sarah Budrus was recognized as the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Lynchburg was the recipient of the Team Sportsmanship Award.

W&L has posted an overall record of 18-6 this season, going a perfect 10-0 in conference action en route to capturing its 21st conference title. The Generals return to action in the opening round of the NCAA Team Tournament, which is set to begin on May 13.

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