Taylor, Ishida Top Women's Tennis Awards

Taylor, Ishida Top Women's Tennis Awards

HU’s Budrus Back-to-Back Scholar-Athlete

FOREST, Va. --- Sweet Briar College first year player Ariel Taylor turned a double in women’s tennis as she was named both the ODAC Player and Rookie of the Year as part of the 2011 All-ODAC Women’s Tennis awards.  Washington and Lee University head coach Eric Ishida secured his fourth straight and fourth overall ODAC Coach of the Year honor.  Hollins University’s Sarah Budrus was tabbed the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete for the second straight season in a vote of the league’s sports information directors.

Taylor, a freshman from Springfield, Va., won a pair of ODAC Player of the Week awards in her first season at SBC.  She went a perfect 16-0 at No. 1 singles during the spring season, posting a 9-0 mark in league play.  She went a combined 13-3 in doubles action, recording a 7-2 mark in conference action.  She was 11-3 at No. 1 doubles and 2-0 at No. 2 doubles, mostly with teammate Moriah Burke as her partner.  In the latest Atlantic South Region rankings by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), Taylor is slotted eighth on the singles list.  She and Burke are 12th in the region’s doubles rankings.

Ishida, in his fourth season at W&L, has led the Generals to conference titles in each of his coaching campaigns, including the program’s ninth straight and 21st overall ODAC championship in 2011.  Washington and Lee saw student-athletes earn recognition at each of the singles and doubles ladder positions on the All-ODAC First Team, having also received the ODAC’s automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament.  The Generals are currently rated second in the Atlantic South Region and eighth nationally.

Budrus, a senior from Huntington, W.Va., also won the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete Award in 2010.  In the classroom, Budrus maintains a 3.88 grade point average as a Mathematics major with a Spanish minor.  She is a three-time honoree on the All-ODAC Academic Team, having also been named an ITA Scholar-Athlete in 2009 and 2010.  She is a member of three honor societies; Sigma Delta Pi, Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Beta Kappa.  On the court, Budrus went 5-6 overall and 4-4 in ODAC play.  She was 4-6 at No. 2 singles and 1-0 at No. 1 singles.  She and teammate Anne Ailstock posted an 11-4 overall doubles record including a 10-4 showing at No. 2 doubles (1-0 at No. 1).  The duo was 9-1 in ODAC play.

Listed below are the complete 2011 All-ODAC Women’s Tennis Teams.  For more information, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the ODAC’s home on the Internet at www.odaconline.com.  

Player of the Year: Ariel Taylor, Sweet Briar
Coach of the Year: Eric Ishida, Washington and Lee
Freshman of the Year: Ariel Taylor, Sweet Briar
ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete: Sarah Budrus, Hollins
Team Sportsmanship Award: Lynchburg  College

All-ODAC First Team
#1 Singles: Ariel Taylor, Sweet Briar
#1 Singles: Ellen Yeatman, Washington and Lee
#2 Singles: Moriah Burke, Sweet Briar
#2 Singles: Lauren Lukas, Washington and Lee
#3 Singles: Jen Snyder, Washington and Lee
#4 Singles: Trelsie Sadler, Washington and Lee
#5 Singles: Sallie Griffin, Washington and Lee
#6 Singles: Catherine Reed, Washington and Lee
#1 Doubles: Lauren Lukas/Trelsie Sadler, Washington and Lee
#1 Doubles: Karen Montoya/Priscilla Montoya, Hollins
#2 Doubles: Ellen Yeatman/Jen Snyder, Washington and Lee
#3 Doubles: Ann Morris/Catherine Reed, Washington and Lee

All-ODAC Second Team
#1 Singles: Laura Dodson, Roanoke
#1 Singles: Katie Gordon, Bridgewater
#2 Singles: Katy Bergey, Bridgewater
#2 Singles: Corbin Leitch, Roanoke
#3 Singles: Priscilla Montoya, Hollins
#4 Singles: Shawnte Woodson, Hollins
#5 Singles: Brittany Wilson, Bridgewater
#6 Singles: Mariah Bryant, Hollins
#1 Doubles: Moriah Burke/Ariel Taylor, Sweet Briar
#2 Doubles: Anne Ailstock/Sarah Budrus, Hollins
#3 Doubles: Mariah Bryant/Shawnte Woodson, Hollins

All-ODAC Honorable Mention
Alyssa Wingate, Emory & Henry
Liz Killion, Guilford
Lori Gerlach, Randolph
Martha Vlahakis, Randolph-Macon
Krista Maldonado, Sweet Briar
Cay Gee, Virginia Wesleyan