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Five Cougars Receive SoCon Women's Tennis Postseason Honors

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          Release: 04/17/2012
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Junior Christin Newman (Greensboro, N.C.) headlined five College of Charleston women's tennis players who were honored on the Southern Conference postseason awards list announced by the league office on Tuesday.

Newman was named the recipient of the league's Sportsmanship Award after finishing the spring with a 17-6 record at No. 1 singles for the Cougars. She went 8-1 in conference matches and teamed with her older sister, Caroline, at No. 3 doubles where the pair went 10-4 this spring. Newman was also honored on the all-conference first team along with sophomore Kelly Kambourelis (Melbourne, Fla.).

The second team all-conference selections were awarded based on position. CofC freshmen Samantha Maddox (Lexington, Ky.) and Jenny Falcone (Davidson, N.C.) earned second-team honors at No. 4 and No. 5 singles respectively and were also selected to the All-Freshman Team.

Maddox and junior Irene Viana (Paris, France) were tabbed second team all-conference at No. 1 doubles and were joined by teammates Falcone and Kambourelis at the No. 2 position.

"It's a wonderful honor for our players to receive these all-conference awards in such a talent-filled league," CofC Director of Tennis Angelo Anastopoulo said. "I am extremely proud of Christin Newman receiving the sportsmanship award. As coaches, that is always at the very top of our list - to coach a student-athlete with such character and respect for others. As one of the top players in the league, Christin always puts up a great fight on the court, but is always complimentary and respectful of her opponents. We are very appreciative of the SoCon coaches for recognizing our players, knowing that many other players in our conference were very deserving of the awards themselves."

UNCG's Niltooli Wilkins was named the SoCon Women's Tennis Player of the Year, while Chattanooga's Kaylene Chadwell garnered Freshman of the Year honors. UNCG head coach Jeff Trivette took home the league's Coach of the Year award. Postseason balloting was conducted by the league's head coaches who were not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.

The 2012 Southern Conference Men's and Women's Tennis Championships begin on Thursday, April 19 in Charleston, S.C. CofC will enjoy a first-round tournament bye and take on the winner of No. 7 Elon and No. 10 Wofford in the quarterfinals to be played on Friday, April 20 at 1 p.m. (ET) at the Earle Tennis Center on the campus of The Citadel.

2012 SOUTHERN CONFERENCE WOMEN'S TENNIS POSTSEASON AWARDS

FIRST TEAM

Singles

Kelly Kambourelis (College of Charleston)

Christin Newman (College of Charleston)

Jordan Johnston (Elon)

Paola Garrido (Georgia Southern)

Niltooli Wilkins (UNCG)

Jenna Nurik (Chattanooga)

Doubles

Frida Jansaker-Jordan Johnston (Elon)

Niltooli Wilkins-Lucy Dougherty (UNCG)

Kristen Lewis-Lindsey Mallory (Samford)

SECOND TEAM

Singles (by position)

No. 1 - Lauren Kline (Furman)

No. 2 - Brites Moniz-Soares (Davidson)

No. 3 - Frida Jansaker (Elon) and Annette Rios (UNCG)

No. 4 - Samantha Maddox (College of Charleston)

No. 5 - Jenny Falcone (College of Charleston)

No. 6 - Amanda Murray (Furman) and Stephanie Falcon (UNCG)

Doubles (by position)

No. 1 - Samantha Maddox-Irene Viana (College of Charleston)

No. 2 - Jenny Falcone-Kelly Kambourelis (College of Charleston)

No. 3 - Kayla Gammie-Annette Rios (UNCG)

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

Samantha Maddox (College of Charleston)

Jenny Falcone (College of Charleston)

Barbora Lazarova (Elon)

Alex Moreno-Kaste (Furman)

Stephanie N'tcha (Samford)

Kaylene Chadwell (Chattanooga)

COACH OF THE YEAR

Jeff Trivette (UNCG)

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Niltooli Wilkins (UNCG)

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Kaylene Chadwell (Chattanooga)

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

Christin Newman (College of Charleston)

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