Senior Klara Vyskocilova is Tulane's first C-USA Player of the Year since 2004.
April 29, 2014
New Orleans - Tulane senior Klara Vyskocilova has been named the 2014 Conference USA Player of the Year and was also selected to the All C-USA First Team, as it was announced today by the league office following a vote by the conference's head coaches.
A repeat selection to the all-conference first team, Vyskocilova is currently the nation's 59th-ranked singles player and is 20-6 overall in 2013-14.
She has managed to pull off an impressive feat as the Green Wave's top singles player this season. Vyskocilova is currently undefeated this spring with a perfect dual mark of 13-0 and has won her last 15 singles matches dating back to last fall. Among her wins this season are victories over a pair of Top-25 ranked players and she sports a record of 5-2 against nationally-ranked singles players for the 2013-14 campaign. Vyskocilova was also named the C-USA Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week on Feb. 18.
"Klara's selection as the player of the year by the league's head coaches really solidifies what we all knew and that is she is very deserving and has had a truly incredible year," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "This is Tulane's first player of the year honor since 2004, so it is an amazing feat for Tulane women's tennis and we are thrilled for Klara to receive the conference's top award."
Vyskocilova is the Green Wave's first C-USA Player of the Year honoree since former standout Jenny Kuhn claimed the honor in 2004 and also in 2003, and is the first TU player to garner back-to-back first team honors since Mariam Kurdadze in 2010 and 2009.
A finance major from Klatovy, Czech Republic, Vyskocilova has also been solid in the classroom as well with her selection to the 2014 All C-USA Women's Tennis Academic Team. She boasts a 3.72 grade point average and is on track to graduate next month. Vyskocilova is a two-time member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and Tulane's 3.0 Club.
2014 ALL-CONFERENCE USA SINGLES TEAM
Alexandra Starkova, LA Tech
Tiffany William, Middle Tennessee
Nikol Hristova, Old Dominion
Natalie Beazant, Rice
Dominique Harmath, Rice
Katherine Ip, Rice
Klara Vyskocilova, Tulane
Marcelina Cichon, Tulsa
Carlotta Orlando, FIU
Dana Oppinger, Marshall
Kseniya Bardabush, North Texas
Anastasiya Shestakova, North Texas
Liat Zimmermann, Rice
Renata Kuricova, Tulsa
Maria Sant'Anna, Tulsa
Rongrong Leenabanchong, Tulsa
Macy Vonderschmidt, Charlotte
Dana Gray, East Carolina
Giulietta Boha, FIU
Jazmin Britos, LA Tech
Derya Turhan, Marshall
Kai Broomfield, Marshall
Kim Anicete, Rice
Alison Ho, Rice
Carolin Drescher, Southern Miss
Miriam Rosell Canudas, UTSA
2014 ALL-CONFERENCE USA DOUBLES TEAM
Natalie Beazant/Liat Zimmermann, Rice
Renata Kuricova/Marcelina Cichon, Tulsa
Kseniya Bardabush/Franziska Sprinkmeyer, North Texas
Coach of the Year: Elizabeth Schmidt, Rice
Player of the Year: Klara Vyskocilova, Tulane
Freshman of the Year: Katherine Ip, Rice
Newcomer of the Year: Tiffany William, Middle Tennessee
Outstanding Singles Player of the Championship: Natalie Beazant, Rice
Outstanding Doubles Team of the Championship: Natalie Beazant/Liat Zimmermann, Rice