BYU-Hawaii’s Hwang named Player of the Year; Conching, Porter share Coach of Year honors
PHOENIX – BYU-Hawaii senior I-Hsuan (Annie) Hwang (Tainan City, Taiwan) has been selected the 2013 Pacific West Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Year.
Hwang led the Seasiders to their seventh straight PacWest Championship and a berth in the NCAA II National Championship Match where the Seasiders fell to Armstrong Atlantic. She finished the season with a 23-1 first singles record and a .958 winning percentage.
Hwang caps her BYU-Hawaii career by earning her third straight All-PacWest First Team selection and claiming her second consecutive PacWest Player of the Year honor. She was the 2011 PacWest Newcomer of the Year.
The Pacific West Conference initially announced the awards along with the All-PacWest Team on the league's Internet radio show June 6 on KQCK in San Tan Valley, Ariz. Today's detailed release provides complete end-of-the-year records for the All-Conference Team members and the various players of the year.
While the player and coach of the year awards are nominated by and voted upon by the head coaches of the conference, the All-PacWest Team is based upon the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) West Region singles and doubles rankings prior to the NCAA II playoffs in late April or early May.
The Top 6 singles players in the West Region are considered First Team, while the second six players in the Top 15 listing are named to the Second Team. Any remaining players listed in the regional ranking are considered Third Team.
The Top 3 Doubles Teams are named First Team, while the second three are named to the All-PacWest Second Team. Any remaining doubles teams in the Top 10 are classified as All-PacWest Third Team.
In addition to the Player of the Year award, Fresno Pacific senior Marie Boura (Vendome, France - left photo) and Hawai'i Pacific junior Karen Ramirez (Cali, Colombia) shared PacWest Newcomer of the Year honors, while Fresno Pacific rookie Petra Jurova (Bratislava, Slovakia) was named the PacWest Freshman of the Year. Hawai'i Pacific's Laura Conching and BYU-Hawaii's David Porter shared PacWest Women's Tennis Coach of the Year accolades.
Porter led the Seasiders to a 30-2 overall record, another PacWest Championship, and a national runner-up finish at the NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Championship.
Conching registered a 21-3 overall record and led the Sea Warriors to the NCAA II National Semifinals and to the PacWest Championship Match. She also led the HPU women to the school's first win vs. BYU-Hawaii during the regular season.
Boura earned All-PacWest First Team Singles honors and finished the year with an 18-5 record. She was 13-5 at first singles and 5-0 at second singles. Ramirez, who was named to the Second Team, ended the 2013 campaign with a 13-2 singles mark after accruing a 13-1 record at third singles.
Jurova also claimed First Team Singles after amassing a 24-4 overall record mostly earned at second singles where she posted a 20-2 mark.
Grand Canyon sophomore Priscilla Annoual (Peoria, AZ/Primavera - right photo) repeated as a First Team selection after recording an 8-6 singles mark, while BYU-Hawaii senior Shoazhuo (Sherry) Liu (Tianjin, China) – the 2012 Freshman of the Year and an All-PacWest First Team Singles choice last year – also earned First Team honors in 2013 following a 16-3 second singles mark and an overall singles record of 19-3.
Hawai'i Pacific senior Ielyzaveta Rybakova (Kiev, Ukraine), a 2011 First Team pick, rounded out the All-PacWest First Team Singles after producing a 10-7 first singles record.
In addition to Ramirez, HPU junior Celina Goetti (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) earned her third straight All-PacWest selection after garnering Second Team honors this year. She was a Second Team choice in 2011 and a First Team member last season. Goetti finished her campaign with an overall mark of 14-4, including a 10-4 record at second singles.
Azusa Pacific junior Emily Harris (Scottsdale, AZ/Desert Mountain) was named to the Second Team for her outstanding season. She went 16-5 in first singles matches.
BYU-Hawaii landed a pair of players on the Second Team in junior Marika Kobayashi (Hiratsuka, Japan) and sophomore Marietta Tuionetoa (Palo Alto, CA/Menlo Atherton). Kobayashi was 22-3 on the season, including 6-0 at second singles and 8-3 at third singles. Tuionetoa was 22-2 overall with a 10-1 third singles mark and a 7-1 record at fourth singles.
FPU's Boura and Jurova landed on the All-PacWest First Team Doubles squad following a 24-4 record (.857) at first doubles.
BYU-Hawaii claimed the other two First Team Doubles slots thanks to the tandem of Kobayashi and Tuionetoa, as well as the partnership between Hwang and Liu.
Kobayashi and Tuionetoa – an All-PacWest First Team Doubles player in 2012 – posted a 26-1 record at second doubles during the season, while Hwang and Liu were one of the most dominant doubles teams in the nation after unleashing a 27-1 (.964) first doubles record.
Hwang earns her third straight All-PacWest First Team Doubles honor, while Liu claims the award for the second straight year.
The All-PacWest Second Team Doubles squad featured the Grand Canyon duo of Annoual and sophomore Justine Majan (Grenoble, France). The twosome went 9-7 at first doubles during the season.
HPU also landed a Second Team Doubles tandem in sophomores Vivian Hansen (Flensburg, Germany) and Magdalena Smejova (Velke Hostice, Czech Republic). Both players were All-PacWest First Team Doubles last season and finished 2013 with a 14-9 first doubles record.
Azusa Pacific's Harris and junior Danae Ingwaldson (Las Vegas, NV/Liberty) rounded out the All-PacWest Team by landing on the Second Team Doubles squad. The duo went 16-6 at first doubles this year.