R-MC's Gray, LC's Harris Take Home Major Honors
FOREST, Va. --- Washington and Lee University standout Brooke Donnelly took home two major awards to headline the 2017 All-ODAC Women's Tennis honors. She was tabbed the ODAC Player of the Year in addition to repeating as the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Randolph-Macon College mentor Charles Gray earned ODAC Coach of the Year laurels in a vote of his peers, and Lynchburg College first-year competitor Christina Harris received ODAC Rookie of the Year accolades.
Six singles players and one full team plus one-half of a second repeat as All-ODAC honorees a season ago with five honors on the All-ODAC First Team in 2017. Donnelly again appears at #1 singles, while teammate Melinda Kauffman moves from first team #4 singles to the third flight and DeeDee Aeschliman repeats at first team #6 singles. Randolph-Macon's Gaby Tersigni moves up from second team #4 singles to first team #2 singles this season.
In the doubles ranks, Bridgewater College's team of Stephanie Barton and Whitney Cash earned first team honors at #2 singles after receiving top team awards at #2 doubles in 2016.
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Donnelly, a senior from Kennesaw, Ga., stars both on and off the court for the Generals. In the classroom, the Accounting and Business Administration double-major maintains a 4.0 grade point average as a multi-honoree as a W&L Scholar and All-ODAC Academic Team member. At the 2016 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships, Donnelly received the NCAA Elite 90 Award, which the student-athlete with the highest grade point average at each of the NCAA's 90 championship every year. She is also a member of W&L's "24" organization, which is dedicated to creating and promoting a united community of student-athletes.
On the court, the two-time All-American is currently the Atlantic South region's second-ranked singles and doubles player, the latter distinction shared with Tessa Hill. This spring, Donnelly posted a 14-3 record in singles action, all from the top flight. That included a 6-0 mark against ODAC competition this season. Her record balloons to 23-5 when factoring in results from the fall, which includes a victory at the ITA Southeast Regional Championships and a seventh place showing at teh ITA Oracle Cup. In doubles play, Donnelly and Hill are 12-4 this spring which includes a 2-0 mark against league foes. Donnelly has two other doubles wins with two different partners in league matches.
Gray is in his fourth season as the Director of Tennis at Randolph-Macon. This is his first ODAC top coaching honor. Gray helped lead Randolph-Macon to 17 overall victories for a second straight season, finishing at 17-3 overall and 10-1 against ODAC competition. R-MC continued its success in the league tournament, reaching the championship match for the second straight season. Gray currently serves as the chair of the ODAC women's tennis coaches committee.
Harris, a freshman from Falls Church, Va., pairs this honor with All-ODAC First Team nods at #1 singles and #1 doubles. She is currently the 25th ranked player in the Atlantic South region by the ITA. This spring, she went 17-1 overall and 10-1 against league foes, all from the top flight. She was 1-1 at the ITA regionals in the fall, bringing her overall record to 18-2 in her first season in the Hill City. In doubles action, Harris and Lilli Altenburg went 13-5 that included a 7-4 mark against conference opponents. Harris also had a win with Halle Lavieri in doubles play.
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2017 ALL-ODAC WOMEN'S TENNIS AWARDS
ODAC Player of the Year: Brooke Donnelly, Washington and Lee
ODAC Coach of the Year: Charles Gray, Randolph-Macon
ODAC Rookie of the Year: Christina Harris, Lynchburg
ODAC/Va. Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete: Brooke Donnelly, Washington and Lee
|All-ODAC First Team|
|#1 Singles:||Brooke Donnelly, Washington and Lee|
|#1 Singles:||Christina Harris, Lynchburg|
|#2 Singles:||Hannah Archer, Washington and Lee|
|#2 Singles:||Gaby Tersigni, Randolph-Macon|
|#3 Singles:||Melinda Kauffman, Washington and Lee|
|#4 Singles:||Anna Kreynin, Washington and Lee|
|#5 Singles:||Maddie Hutchins, Washington and Lee|
|#6 Singles:||DeeDee Aeschliman, Washington and Lee|
|#1 Doubles:||Aubrey Hawn/Keyu Jin, Randolph|
|#1 Doubles:||Lilli Altenburg/Christina Harris, Lynchburg|
|#2 Doubles:||Jamiah Lewis/Shannon Quinn, Bridgewater|
|#3 Doubles:||Stephanie Barton/Whitney Cash, Bridgewater|
|All-ODAC Second Team|
|#1 Singles:||Michelle Fleenor, Washington and Lee|
|#1 Singles:||Keyu Jin, Randolph|
|#2 Singles:||Whitney Kiser, Bridgewater|
|#3 Singles:||Melissa Tomlin, Randolph-Macon|
|#4 Singles:||Ashley Schmitz, Randolph|
|#5 Singles:||Molly Jesseman, Randolph-Macon|
|#6 Singles:||Toni McDonald, Randolph-Macon|
|#1 Doubles:||Caitlin Delmas/Toni McDonald, Randolph-Macon|
|#1 Doubles:||Emily Henderson/Colette Wibaut, Roanoke|
|#2 Doubles:||Madeline Herring/Catherine Lee, Roanoke|
|#3 Doubles:||Landon Aud/Stephanie Yeager, Randolph-Macon|