June 4, 2012
New Orleans - The accolades continue to roll in for the Tulane's women's tennis program as head coach Terri Sisk has been named the 2012 Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) Coach of the Year while senior Mariam Kurdadze claimed the LSWA Player of the Year award and Kurdadze joined junior teammates Emma Levy and Caroline Magnusson on the all-state first team, as the All-Louisiana college tennis teams were announced on Sunday evening.
The architect behind the success of the Green Wave women's tennis team, Sisk recently completed her fourth season at the helm of the program and is a first time recipient of the state's top coaching honor.
This past spring, she guided the Wave to a 19-6 overall record, the most wins for the team since the 2004-05 season, and led Tulane back into the national rankings where the team ranked as high as No. 52 and rated among the top programs in the country for the final 15 weeks of the season. The Wave was 3-1 against Louisiana schools and advanced to the Conference USA Tournament semifinals for the first time since 2005.
Off the court, 10 of her players were named to both the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and the Tulane 3.0 Club. Sisk is the first Tulane women's tennis coach to receive the state's top honor since former Green Wave coach David Schumacher in 2005.
"I am very flattered with this selection and I am going to accept this on behalf of our program because it's very easy to be coach of the year when you have a team that works as hard as they do and a coaching staff that is second to none," Sisk said. "This is more of a team honor for me because we all did it together."
Kurdadze added another distinguished honor to her standout career. The native of Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, is the first Green Wave women's tennis player to claim player of the year honors in the state since Jenny Kuehn in 2004. Kurdadze concluded her career with 91 singles victories and 79 doubles victories and is a four-time All C-USA and All-LSWA performer.
A native of Princeton Junction, N.J. Levy is a three-time selection to the All-Louisiana team and has now earned first team honors in back-to-back seasons. She played No. 2 singles for the Wave and completed the year with a 26-8 singles record and notched a 26-9 doubles record with Kurdadze at No.1 doubles. Levy was tabbed to the All C-USA Second Team for her efforts.
Levy was 17-5 in dual action this spring, including 15-5 record at the No. 2 spot and put together a season-best 11 straight singles victories at one point this spring. She was 5-2 against C-USA opponents and 14 of her 15 wins this spring came in straight sets. She and Kurdadze were TU's top doubles team for the second straight year and recorded a 16-6 mark this spring.
Magnusson hails from Bjarred, Sweden, and completed her first year at Tulane with a team-best 30-7 singles record and joined classmate Caroline Thornton at No. 2 doubles to lead the squad with a 28-4 doubles record. Magnusson's 30 singles wins ranked among the top C-USA players this season. She played at the No. 4 position in the line-up where she was 17-3 in dual action and put together an 11-match win streak during the spring. Magnusson was a perfect 6-0 against C-USA players and 17 of her 20 victories during the spring came in straight sets. Her 30 victories this season are the most in eight years by a Tulane player and she and Thornton recorded the most wins by a C-USA doubles team this season.
"I find it very fitting that these girls have been awarded with such a prestigious honor," Sisk said. "These three have worked very hard and it's great to have the state's sportswriters aware of their accomplishments. I am very proud of each of them and I expect more in the future."
2012 LSWA All-Louisiana Women's Tennis Team
Name, School/Class/Hometown/Record, Notes
Alena Erofeyeva, La. Tech/Jr./Yekaterinburg, Russia/26-8 singles, 19 dual wins
Polina Konop, Northwestern State/So./Kiev, Ukraine/1st Team All-SLC, 16-3 singles
Mariam Kurdadze, Tulane/Sr./Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia/1st Team All-C-USA, 26-10, 7th S. Region
Emma Levy, Tulane/Jr./Princeton Junction, N. J./2nd Team All C-USA, 26-8 singles
Caroline Magnusson, Tulane/Jr./Bjarred, Sweden/30-7 singles, second wins in C-USA
Parija Maloo, Nicholls/Jr./Pune, India/Nicholls Female S-AOY, 18-3 singles
Women's Second Team
Marie Aubert, Nicholls (Fr., France); Elne Barnard, Louisiana Tech (Sr., Port Elizabeth, South Africa); Olga Bazhanova, Northwestern State (Sr., Nikolaeu, Ukraine); Olivia Howlett, LSU (Sr., Bridgewater, England); Tatiana Larina, Northwestern State (Fr., Taganrog, Russia); Andrea Nedorostova, Northwestern State (Jr., Brno, Czech Republic).