W&L's Meighan Named VaSID Player of the Year

W&L's Meighan Named VaSID Player of the Year

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) announced the All-State College Division Women’s Tennis team on Friday and Washington and Lee had six athletes honored, including junior Sonja Meighan (McLean, Va. / Flint Hill) being selected as the Player of the Year.

Five others joined Meighan on the all-state list for singles and doubles. On the first team for singles were junior Meghan Buell (New Albany, Ohio / New Albany) and first-year Brooke Donnelly (Kennesaw, Ga. / Marietta), while junior Patricia Kirkland (Charleston, S.C. / Ashley Hall) was named to the first team for doubles.  Senior Claire Cahill (Austin, Texas / Lake Travis) earned second team honors for doubles and senior Chelsea Mixson (Beaufort, S.C. / Hilton Head Prep) and sophomore Mary Elizabeth Shutley (Marietta, Ga. / Marist School) earned second team accolades for singles.  

Meighan collected Player of the Year honors after claiming a 23-4 overall record in singles and a 21-6 mark in doubles this campaign. Earlier this season, she was named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Year and won the ITA Southeast Regional Championship in both singles and doubles to earn ITA All-America accolades. She finished the year ranked second in the Atlantic South region in singles and teamed up with Patricia Kirkland to rank fifth in the region in doubles.

Buell also garnered first team accolades after finishing the season with a 13-5 overall singles mark and a perfect 7-0 record in ODAC action while playing No. 2 singles for the Generals. She was also named First Team All-ODAC this season.

Donnelly was named to the first team after recording a 15-3 overall singles mark. Earlier this season, she was named ODAC Player of the Week for her play against Lynchburg and Sweet Briar, and she garnered First Team All-ODAC honors for both singles and doubles.

Kirkland recorded an 18-6 overall record when partnering with Meighan this season. She captured the ITA Southeast Regional Doubles Championship with Meighan to earn All-America status and was named First Team All-ODAC for doubles. The duo also participated in the NCAA Individual Tournament, falling in the quarterfinal round to Rachel Fox and Andrea Hammer from Chapman.

A First Team All-ODAC honoree, Cahill garnered all-state honors after registering a 14-2 overall record in doubles with a perfect 7-0 mark in the conference when partnering with Donnelly. For her career, she tallied a 48-18 doubles mark.

Mixson went 13-4 overall in singles this year, while claiming an 18-3 record in doubles. She was an all-conference selection two times over her career and has recorded a 33-18 singles record and a 49-25 doubles mark.

Shutley garnered all-state honors after going 12-3 overall and 7-0 at No. 5 singles in conference play this year. She was also named First Team All-ODAC this season. 

The Generals ended the season with an 18-3 overall record and a perfect 11-0 mark in the ODAC. W&L claimed its 12th-straight ODAC title and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to top-seeded Emory, 5-0.

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