Appalachian State women’s tennis placed three players on the Southern Conference’s all-conference team, as voted on by the league’s coaches and
announced by the league office on Tuesday, April 16.
Senior leader Ellie Linsell received a nod for first team all-SoCon honors after heading the Mountaineers in singles play with a 17-4 overall record, while 8-2 in the SoCon, at the top position.
She currently ranks eighth on the Southern Conference’s overall singles list (17-4, .810), while ranking No. 1 in the top position and placing second among conference-only No.1 singles leaders (8-2, .800).
Linsell’s all-conference honors are the second of her career. She was selected to the all-freshman and all-SoCon teams in 2010. She is considered to be one of Appalachian’s all-time top women’s tennis players.
Fellow senior Gabriela Celi was named as a second team all-SoCon selection after posting a 15-4 record overall and 8-1 in league play, primarily at the No. 6 slot.
Celi ranks second in the SoCon’s overall No. 6 singles ranks (13-3, .812), while finishing first at the No. 6 position among SoCon-only singles leaders, and fifth in the conference-only singles rankings (8-1, .889).
Newcomer Clare Cox earned Freshman of the Year honors after going 15-7 on the season, with a 7-3 SoCon record. Cox, who also earned an all-freshman nod, ranks third and fourth, respectively, among the SoCon-only and overall No. 2 singles leaders list (7-3, .700; 14-7, .667).
With the selections of Linsell, Celi, and Cox to the all-conference team, Appalachian State has now had four different players selected to all-SoCon teams a total of six times.
SoCon champion College of Charleston earned three all-conference selections, along with head coach Angelo Anastopoulo earning SoCon Coach of the Year honors.
Appalachian State faces UNCG in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Southern Conference Tennis Championships at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 19.
2013 SoCon Tennis All-Conference Team
Ellie Linsell, Appalachian State
Christin Newman, College of Charleston
Jordan Johnston, Elon
Lauren Kline, Furman
Niltooli Wilkins, UNCG
Jenna Nurik, Chattanooga
Frida Jansaker/Jordan Johnston, Elon
Lauren Kline/Alex Moreno-Kaste, Furman
Niltooli Wilkins/Alex Whitehead, UNCG
No. 1 – Paola Garrido, Georgia Southern
No. 2 – Frida Jansaker, Elon
No. 3 – Katherine Oudin, Furman
No. 4 – Bryn Khoury, Elon
No. 5 – Kelsey Coots, Chattanooga
No. 6 – Gabriella Celi, Appalachian State
No. 1 – Paola Garrido/Mary Phillips Smith, GSU
No. 2 – Kayla Gammie/Annette Rios, UNCG
No. 3 – Margaret Boyette/Kelly Sullivan, FUR
Briana Berne/Taylor Casey, Elon
Clare Cox, Appalachian State
Brooke McAmis, College of Charleston
Elaina Cummer, Davidson
Kelsey Coots, Chattanooga
Kayla Jones, Chattanooga
Stacia Kissell, Western Carolina
Player of the Year
Caroline Newman, College of Charleston
Freshman of the Year
Clare Cox, Appalachian State
Michele Stanford, Furman
Coach of the Year
Angelo Anastopoulo, College of Charleston
Photo Courtesy: Clare Cox, ASU Athletics