Wright claims VaSID Rookie of the Year award; four Generals honored

Georgia Wright

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- The Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) announced its 2018-19 College Division All-State Women's Teams teams on Tuesday, and first-year Georgia Wright (Austin, Texas/Regents School of Austin) was named Rookie of the Year to lead a group of four Generals honored.

Wright was also named to the second team in doubles with first-year Taylor Garcia (Mandeville, La./Mount Carmel Academy), while junior Anna Kreynin (Mequon, Wis./Homestead) and senior Mary Hampton McNeal (Beaufort, S.C./South Carolina Connections Academy) earned second team doubles recognition as well. Garcia also claimed a second team slot among singles players.

After playing at No. 2 singles for the Generals, Wright went 12-8 overall her rookie season, including a 10-5 mark in dual matches, and produced a 6-0 record against conference opponents. In addition to being the VaSID Rookie of the Year, Wright also became the fifth ODAC Rookie of the Year in program history. Wright also played well in doubles in her first season in the Blue and White, going 16-8 overall, including an 8-4 mark at No. 1 doubles and a 5-1 record in the No. 2 slot.

In doubles play, Wright and Garcia went 13-6 as a tandem and logged a 7-0 record in ODAC play. The pair was named to the All-ODAC First Team at No. 1 doubles, and went 8-4 in that position, plus a 4-1 mark in the No. 2 slot.

Kreynin and McNeal produced the strongest record of any doubles team for the Blue and White during the 2018-19 season, winning 15-of-19 matches, including all eight ODAC contests. Selected to the All-ODAC First Team at No. 2 doubles, Kreynin and McNeal were a perfect 8-0 at No. 2 doubles, with a 7-4 mark at the No. 3 position. Kreynin went 18-6 in all doubles matches this season, while McNeal finished 17-6.

Garcia held an 11-8 overall record this season in singles play, including a 5-0 mark in ODAC matches. A First Team All-ODAC player at No. 1 singles, Garcia posted a 6-5 record at that position and held a 3-1 record at No. 2 singles. Garcia ended the season ranked 11th in the final Oracle/ITA Division III Women's Atlantic South Region rankings.

Averett senior Heidi Sarkkinen repeated as the VaSID College Division Player of the Year and Mary Washington head coach Art Canizares was honored as the Coach of the Year.

The Generals finished the season with a 17-8 overall record, including a 12-0 mark in ODAC play, and won their 17th consecutive conference championship. They defeated Sewanee, 5-4, in the NCAA Second Round, before falling to top-ranked Emory, 5-0, in the third round.

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