April 30, 2001
NEW ORLEANS, La. - - The Tulane women's tennis team had four players earn All-Conference USA recognition, while Green Wave head coach David Schumacher was named as the league's Coach of the Year, the C-USA office announced on Monday.
Anna Monhartova, Julie Morris, Joyce Bergman and Nancy Kockott were each named to the list of Conference USA postseason award winners. Tulane led all schools with four selections, while UAB was next with three honorees. The all-conference teams were selected in a vote of the league's 12 women's tennis head coaches.
The Conference USA awards come on the heels of Tulane's first-ever Conferece USA Women's Tennis title, which the Green Wave captured on April 22 in Hattiesburg, Miss., with a 4-0 triumph over No. 1 seed UAB.
"This is a great accomplishment for the women's tennis program at Tulane," Schumacher said. "I think this shows the depth of our team, which is obviously a key ingredient to winning championships. We have worked very hard to make Tulane one of the top programs in women's tennis and this is hopefully another step in that process. It is nice to have that effort recognized."
A senior from Plzen, Czech Republic, Monhartova was named first-team All-Conference USA for the third straight season. So far she has compiled an impressive 16-6 record in dual matches, playing at No. 1 singles. She has won six straight matches and 12 of her last 13. Currently ranked 24th by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), Monhartova has been ranked as high as ninth after having reached the semifinals of the ITA National Clay Court Championships this past fall. In addition, Monhartova was named as the Tulane Female Student-Athlete of the Year and was named to the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll.
Morris and Bergman each earned second-team All-Conference USA honors. Morris, a sophomore from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., has posted a 14-7 record this spring, including a 12-4 mark at the No. 2 singles spot. She compiled a 4-0 record against Conference USA opponents, including wins in both of her completed matches at the C-USA Tournament. Bergman, a junior from Pinehurst, N.C., was also undefeated at the C-USA Tournament, playing at the No. 3 singles position. Her most impressive win, however, came against South Alabama's Silvia Sosnorova, who was ranked 31st by the ITA at the time.
Kockott, a freshman from South Africa, was named third-team All-Conference USA. She has compiled a 12-7 overall record, but is 6-2 at her customary No. 4 spot. A versatile performer who has seen action at every spot except No. 1 singles, Kockott and teammate Olga Mikhailova won the clinching doubles point at No. 2 doubles in the C-USA Tournament championship match against UAB.
Schumacher, in his second season as the head coach of the Green Wave, was selected as the 2001 Conference USA Coach of the Year. He led the Wave to its first-ever Conference USA title last weekend in Hattiesburg, Miss., guaranteeing the team its second NCAA Tournament appearance in the last three seasons. After a tough early-season schedule which saw the Wace face nine nationally-ranked opponents, Schumacher has led Tulane to a 11-2 record in its last 13 matches.
"It is an honor to be named coach of the year, especially considering it was voted on by my peers" Schumacher said. "Hopefully we can use these accomplishments to continue our momentum as we head into the NCAA Tournament."
The Green Wave next see action in the NCAA Tournament, but must wait to learn the site and opponent of its first-round match.