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2014 NAIA Women's Tennis All-America Teams Announced

May 19, 2014
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By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2014 NAIA Women’s Tennis All-America teams Monday. Honorees were selected by the NAIA All-America committee, with 16 student-athletes being named to both the first and second teams.

National champion Georgia Gwinnett and national runner-up Embry-Riddle (Fla.) led all programs with four players from each team earning All-America honors. Valeria Podda (First Team), Judith van Fraaijenhoven (First Team), Paloma Cortina (Second Team) and Chiara Di Salvo (Second Team) were the All-Americans for the Grizzlies. Hui-I Huang (First Team), Anna Gotz (First Team), Kristina Marova (Second Team) and Eva Vilar (Second Team) were the Eagles’ All-Americans.

Semifinalists Xavier (La.) and Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), and quarterfinalist Auburn Montgomery (Ala.), each had three players achieve All-America status. Nour Abbes, who was named the Marvin P. Richmond Outstanding Player at the national championship, headlined the trio of Gold Nuggets who received All-America honors.

Six programs—Brenau (Ga.), Embry-Riddle, Georgia Gwinnett, Lindsey Wilson, Oklahoma Baptist and Xavier—landed multiple players on the first team.

Chase Hodges of Georgia Gwinnett was named the 2014 NAIA Women’s Tennis National Coach of the Year. His Grizzlies defeated Embry-Riddle, 5-4, on Saturday, May 17, to win their first-ever national championship. The title was also the first in program history for Georgia Gwinnett, which is in its first year of eligibility for NAIA postseason.

2014 NAIA Women's Tennis All-America Teams

First Team

Player School Year Hometown
Jade Curtis*^+ Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) Sr. Saltash, England
Dominika Jasova*^+ Brenau (Ga.) Sr. Kosice, Slovakia
Maria Perdomo Medina* Brenau (Ga.) Jr. Canary Island, Spain
Hui-I Huang* Embry-Riddle (Fla.) So. Changhua, Taiwan
Anna Gotz Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Fr. Garsten, Australia
Valeria Podda Georgia Gwinnett Fr. Leiderdorp, Netherlands
Judith van Fraaijenhoven Georgia Gwinnett Fr. Driebergen, Netherlands
Alejandra Galvis* Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) So. Cucuta, Colombia
Sarah Bernos Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) So. Roz sur Couesnon, France
Anastasiia Baranova* Oklahoma Baptist So. Sochi, Russia
Kateryna Shkot Oklahoma Baptist Fr. Kiev, Ukraine
Theresa Schmaus*^+ SCAD Savannah (Ga.) Sr. Morbach, Germany
Juliet Labarthe* Vanguard (Calif.) Sr. Oklahoma City, Okla.
Lauren Stratman Westmont (Calif.) So. Goleta, Calif.
Nour Abbes Xavier (La.) Fr. Tunis, Tunisia
Kourtney Howell*^ Xavier (La.) Sr. Cypress, Texas

Second Team

Player School Year Hometown
Lauren Ramey Aquinas (Mich.) Sr. Martin, Mich.
Paula Diaz Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) Fr. Barquisimeto, Venezuela
Chanel Cunningham Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) Sr. Coffs Harbour, Australia
Kathryn Ashford Biola (Calif.) So. Clovis, Calif.
Neesha Thirumalaichelvam*+ Cumberlands (Ky.) Sr. Selangor, Malaysia
Alyssa Fuentes Davenport (Mich.) So. Bridgetown, Barbados
Kristina Marova* Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Sr. Star Sediste, Czech Republic
Eva Vilar Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Fr. Baione, Spain
Paloma Cortina Georgia Gwinnett Sr. Malaga, Spain
Chiara Di Salvo Georgia Gwinnett Fr. Cordoba, Argentina
Katie Wilson Indiana Wesleyan So. Middletown, Ind.
Alicia Rodriguez Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) Fr. Bogota, Colombia
Rachel Hodas Milligan (Tenn.) So. Knoxville, Tenn.
Maja Plavsic* SCAD Savannah (Ga.) Sr. Pula, Croatia
Sophie Angner Vanguard (Calif.) So. Stockholm, Sweden
Brion Flowers* Xavier (La.) So. Lafayette, La.

* 2013 NAIA Women's Tennis All-American
^ 2012 NAIA Women's Tennis All-American
+ 2011 NAIA Women's Tennis All-American

Honorable Mention

Player School
Celine Lenertz Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)
Breanna Honer Bethel (Kan.)
Steph Shogren Bethel (Kan.)
Molly O'Grady Bethel (Ind.)
Zalina Nazarova Brenau (Ga.)
Stephanie Moniz Brenau (Ga.)
Jenna Sallee Campbellsville (Ky.)
Megan Charity Campbellsville (Ky.)
Alexi Loomis Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)
Amanda Timm Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)
Priti Rijal Coastal Georgia
Luisa Lopes Coastal Georgia
Emily Spiech Davenport (Mich.)
Paola Montero Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
Paula Ortiz Couder Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
Luma Schwab Georgia Gwinnett
Ines Costamagna Georgia Gwinnett
Helena Korompis Georgia Gwinnett
Victoria Svensson Georgia Gwinnett
Rachel Bottorff Indiana Wesleyan
Whitney Batliner IU Southeast (Ind.)
Anna Gaprindashvili Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Brittney Horlacher Marian (Ind.)
Emma Sheehan McPherson (Kan.)
Brooke Vorhees McPherson (Kan.)
Kayla Kelly Milligan (Tenn.)
Sarah Rainwater Milligan (Tenn.)
Daniella Arcila SCAD Savannah (Ga.)
Carolina Viteri SCAD Savannah (Ga.)
Ekaterina Vezhenkova Tennessee Wesleyan
Gabrielle Alford Vanguard (Calif.)