W&L's Meighan Wins Third Straight Women's Tennis Top Player Honor

W&L's Meighan Wins Third Straight Women's Tennis Top Player Honor

Generals' Ness, E&H's Di Michele, SU's Barb also Recognized

FOREST, Va. --- Washington and Lee University top singles player Sonja Meighan earned her third straight ODAC Player of the Year honor to headline the 2014 All-ODAC Women's Tennis Awards.  Generals' mentor Erin Ness earned ODAC Coach of the Year recognition, while Emory & Henry College's Stella Di Michele picked up ODAC Rookie of the Year laurels.  Shenandoah University's Molly Barb received the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete Award.

Meighan, a junior from McLean, Va., is just the second player in ODAC history to win three straight top player honors.  She joins former W&L standout Marilyn Baker, who earned the distinction from 1993-95.  This season, Meighan owns a 21-2 overall singles record, all from the No. 1 position or in championship flights in singles tournament action.  Her victories include a 7-0 mark in conference play.  She's currently riding a 10-match winning streak, with her last loss coming against her opponent from NCAA Division I member James Madison University.  Meighan is currently the second-rated singles player in the ITA's South Atlantic Region.  Meighan and doubles partner Patricia Kirkland sit second in the region doubles rankings.  The duo has gone 17-4 this season, all from the top flight or in tournament play.  That record includes a 5-0 mark in league action.  Meighan is 20-4 overall in doubles action.

Ness, in her second year guiding the Generals, has led W&L to ODAC titles in both of her seasons, marking the 23rd and 24th crowns in program history.  Washington and Lee is currently ranked fifth by the ITA in the Atlantic South Region, while also holding a 20th-ranking in the ITA's national poll.  In addition to Meighan's (and Kirkland's) regional rankings, Meghan Buell is rated 15th on the singles charts, while she and Chelsea Mixson are 12th on the doubles list.  Under Ness this season, the Generals have only lost twice in team matches, win one loss coming to JMU. W&L went 11-0 thru ODAC play and owns a 17-2 overall record.

Di Michele, a freshman from San Remo, Italy, put together a stellar first season in Emory, losing only one time in 17 matches from the top singles flight.  That 16-1 mark included a 10-1 showing against ODAC competition.  She finished the season on a 10-match winning streak before the Wasps were eliminated in the ODAC Tournament.  In doubles play, Di Michele went 13-4 with several partners.  That includes a 3-1 mark with Alyssa Wingate, a 4-0 record with Taylor Evans, and a 6-3 showing with Lauren Riner.  Di Michele and her partners went 8-3 against ODAC foes.

Barb, a sophomore from Edinburg, Va., is top flight both on and off the court.  In the classroom, she boasts a 4.00 grade point average as a Kinesiology major.  She earned Division III Scholar-Athlete honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) in 2013 in addition to ODAC All-Academic Team recognition.  She's a three-time honoree on the Shenandoah University Dean's List.  On the court, Barb posted a 10-8 overall record in singles play with a 10-5 mark from the top flight.  That included a 6-5 showing against conference opponents.  She was 8-12 in all matches in doubles play, with an 8-9 record from the No. 1 slot.

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ODAC Player of the Year:
Sonja Meighan, Jr., Washington and Lee
ODAC Coach of the Year: Erin Ness, Washington and Lee
ODAC Rookie of the Year:
Stella Di Michele, Fr., Emory & Henry
ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete: Molly Barb, So., Shenandoah

All-ODAC First Team
#1 Singles: Stella Di Michele, Fr., Emory & Henry
#1 Singles: Sonja Meighan, Jr., Washington and Lee
#2 Singles: Meghan Buell, Jr., Washington and Lee
#2 Singles: Maria Hawkins, Fr., Bridgewater
#3 Singles: Brooke Donnelly, Fr., Washington and Lee
#4 Singles: Chelsea Mixson, Sr., Washington and Lee
#5 Singles: Mary Shutley, So., Washington and Lee
#6 Singles: Aslekhya Tenali, Fr., Washington and Lee
#1 Doubles: Katie Gordon, Sr., and Maria Hawkins, Fr., Bridgewater
#1 Doubles: Patricia Kirkland, Jr., and Sonja Meighan, Jr. ,Washington and Lee
#2 Doubles: Meghan Buell, Jr., and Chelsea Mixson, Sr., Washington and Lee
#3 Doubles: Claire Cahill, Sr., and Brooke Donnelly, Fr., Washington and Lee

All-ODAC Second Team
#1 Singles: Jennifer Antoszyk, Jr., Roanoke
#1 Singles: Caitlin Delmas, Fr., Sweet Briar
#2 Singles: Kelsie Grice, Fr., Randolph-Macon
#3 Singles: Emily Henderson, Fr., Roanoke
#4 Singles: Reed Kegel, Fr., Roanoke
#5 Singles: Melissa Tomlin, Fr., Randolph-Macon
#6 Singles: Haley Goodes, Jr., Roanoke
#1 Doubles: Stella Di Michele, Fr., and Lauren Riner, Fr., Emory & Henry
#1 Doubles: Alison Henry, Fr., and Patricia Verdezoto, Jr., Randolph
#2 Doubles: Emily Henderson, Fr., and Reed Kegel, Fr., Roanoke
#3 Doubles: Molly Jesseman, Fr., and Melissa Tomlin, Fr., Randolph-Macon