May 28, 2013
New Orleans - Tulane junior tennis standout Klara Vyskocilova has been named the 2013 Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) Co-Player of the Year, while Vyskocilova and senior Emma Levy were each named to the All-Louisiana first team following a vote by the LSWA.
Vyskocilova is the second straight Tulane player to receive player of the year honors, joining former Green Wave standout Mariam Kurdadze, who was named the state's top collegiate female tennis player a year ago. Vyskocilova is a first time selection to the All-LSWA first team, while Levy was named to the first team for the third straight season and completes her career as a four-time All-Louisiana honoree.
"I am not surprised at all by these awards for two young women who demonstrated on a daily basis what hard work will do for an individual and a team," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "Having the Louisiana Player of the Year award for two straight seasons is very exciting and indicative of the passion this team brings daily. I'm very happy for Klara, as she has been a true leader at the top position for us all year. Emma Levy has been an outstanding leader for four years and I am thrilled she received this honor of being on All-Louisiana first team, especially her senior year."
A native of Klatovy, Czech Republic, Vyskocilova completed her first campaign with the Green Wave after transferring to Tulane from Clemson prior to the season. A first team All-Conference USA selection, Vyskocilova played the top spot on both singles and doubles and logged a 19-8 singles record and 11-10 doubles mark.
Levy, who hails from Princeton Junction, N.J., was named to the All-Louisiana first team for the final three years of her career after collecting second team accolades as a freshman.
She led the squad with a 24-8 singles record, including a 17-4 dual record, and won 14 straight singles matches to complete the year. Levy produced a 19-6 overall doubles record with three different partners this season, including an 11-3 dual mark with a 9-5 mark with junior Jenny Hois. Levy won 92 career singles matches and 84 doubles contests.
Vyskocilova and Levy helped the Green Wave to a 17-7 overall record and a season-best No. 38 national ranking this past season.
WOMEN'S FIRST TEAM
Klaudia Gawlik, McNeese/Fr./Nowy Sacz, Poland/21-0 record; SLC POY, FOY
Kourtney Howell, Xavier/Jr./Cypress, Texas/No. 6 in ITA NAIA Singles; #1 in Doubles; 18 wins
Polina Konop, Northwestern State/Jr./Kiev, Ukraine/First Team All-SLC singles, doubles
Emma Levy, Tulane/Sr./Princeton Junction, N.J./All-C-USA Second Team
Ella Taylor, LSU/Fr./Hampshire, England/21 wins; First LSU freshman with over 20 wins since 2010
Renee Villarreal, Southeastern/Fr./Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico/22-1 singles; First Team All-SLC
Klara Vyskocilova, Tulane/Jr./Klatovy, Czech Republic/19-8 singles; First Team All-C-USA
PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Klaudia Gawlik, McNeese State; Klara Vyskocilova, Tulane
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Klaudia Gawlik, McNeese State
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Valya Rusakova, Southeastern Louisiana
COACH OF THE YEAR: Alan Green, Xavier
WOMEN'S SECOND TEAM
Medy Blankvoort, ULM/Jr./Huizen, Netherlands/16-2 record at No. 2 singles
Isabel Brito, Southeastern/Sr./Badajoz, Spain/16-3 singles; SLC Ind. Champ at 6 singles
Joanna Nalborska, Louisiana Tech/Fr./Warsaw, Poland/11-2 singles; 13-0 doubles; 1st team All-WAC
Alexandra Starkova, Louisiana Tech/Fr./Madrid, Spain/13-2 singles; 13-0 doubles; 1st team All-WAC dbles
Demetria Woods, Southern/Sr./Pearl City, Hawaii/First Team All-SWAC; SWAC POY
Sandra Ahlqvist, Louisiana-Lafayette, Jr., Gothenberg, Sweden; Andrea Nedorostova, Northwestern State, Sr., Brno, Czech Republic