May 4, 2012
New Orleans - Fresh off the best season for the Tulane women's tennis program in seven years, three Green Wave players has been selected to the All-Conference USA postseason teams, including senior Mariam Kurdadze and juniors Emma Levy and Caroline Thornton, as it was announced today by the conference office.
Kurdadze was tabbed to the first team, while Levy was named to the second team and Thornton was a third team selection. These three players held down the top three spots in the singles line-up and combined for 69 singles victories and 54 doubles wins. The trio also played a key role in leading the Wave to a 19-6 record, the most wins for the program since it was re-launched in 2008-09 and the best win total since the 2004-05 campaign.
"Obviously we are excited to have three girls make all conference," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "Mariam, Emma and Caroline each worked very hard and are very deserving of this honor. I can't think of a better accolade than having opposing coaches vote each of these girls as some of the conference best players."
A native of Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, Kurdadze completed her final season as Tulane's top singles player for the fourth straight year. She is a repeat selection to the all-league's first team after garnering the honor as a freshman in 2009 and was an All C-USA second team performer the last two years.
This past season, she produced a 26-10 overall record, including a mark of 17-7 at the No. 1 slot in dual action, and was 9-3 in singles during the fall. She won 20+ singles contests for the third straight season and won 15 of her 17 victories this spring in straight sets. Kurdadze began the spring campaign ranked No. 7 in the Southern Region and was No. 121 in the nation in the preseason rankings.
Levy held down the No. 2 singles position for Tulane and recorded a 26-8 overall singles mark, including a record of 17-5 in dual action this spring, and was 9-3 in the fall. She sported a 15-5 record at the No. 2 spot and recorded a victory in her lone appearance at the top of the singles line-up, and was also 1-0 at No. 3. Levy put together a season-best 11 straight singles victories at one point. In dual action this spring, 14 of her 15 wins came in straight sets. She began the spring ranked No. 13 in the Southern Region to begin the spring and was named the C-USA Women's Tennis Player of the Week on Feb. 7.
Kurdadze and Levy were TU's top doubles team for the second straight year and led all C-USA No. 1 doubles teams in overall victories this season with a 26-9 record, including a mark of 16-6 in dual matches and was 10-3 during the fall. The duo helped Tulane win 20 of 25 doubles points and upset North Carolina's sixth-seeded team during the opening round of qualifying doubles at the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships last fall. The tandem won a season-best nine-straight doubles matches during the spring and was rated as the No. 4 doubles tandem in the Southern Region entering the season.
A native of Charleston, S.C., Thornton played the No. 3 singles slot for the Wave in her first season at Tulane after transferring from Clemson. She is a first time selection to the All C-USA team and posted a 17-14 record, including a dual mark of 13-8 this spring, and registered an 11-7 mark at the No. 3 spot and was 2-1 at the No. 2 position. Thornton won 12 of her 13 dual matches in straight sets.
In doubles, Thornton teamed with junior Caroline Magnusson and the tandem recorded the most wins by a C-USA doubles team this season with a 28-4 overall record, including a mark of 20-2 at the No. 2 position and was 1-0 at the top spot for a 21-2 dual record this spring. They helped Tulane win 20 of 25 doubles points this season and strung together a season-best 10-match win streak during the spring.