Women's Tennis

SMU Freshman Dasha Sharapova Garners All-Conference Honor

Go smu! Dasha Sharapova Named To The American Athletic Conference All-Conference Team
Go smu!
Dasha Sharapova Named To The American Athletic Conference All-Conference Team
Go smu!

May 1, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (SMU/American) - Following her outstanding freshman season at SMU, freshman Dasha Sharapova has been named to the American Athletic Conference All-Conference Team, league officials announced Thursday. Sharapova posted an overall mark of 18-12 this season and spent time at the No. 1, 2 and 3 singles positions. In doubles, the freshman went 21-7 overall and was paired with four different teammates. Her best mark came with sophomore Vaszilisza Bulgakova as the tandem recorded a 16-4 overall record including an 11-3 mark at the No. 1 spot.

“This is well deserved award as Dasha had a good freshman year,” head coach Kati Gyulai said. “She was very resilient all season long as she showed great desire and discipline throughout the year.”

The all-conference team was made up of just 12 individuals, with the voting factoring in both the student-athletes singles and doubles play.

SMU (10-12, 2-3) sported a very young team this season, as the Mustangs had no seniors on their roster. In addition, seven of the Ponies’ eight student-athletes were freshmen and sophomores. Sophomores Yana Erkeeva and Hristina Dishkova each had 20-win seasons for the Mustangs as they posted overall records of 20-9 and 20-15, respectively.

In addition to Sharapova and Bulgakova in doubles, junior Holly Verner and Dishkova boasted a 13-5 overall record including an 8-4 mark at the No. 2 doubles spot.



SMU plans to return all of its student-athletes next season and will be led by Sharapova.

Complete American Athletic Conference Awards

American Player of the Year
Loreto Alonso-Martinez, Sr., USF

American Freshman of the Year
Despoina Vogasari, Houston

American Coach of the Year
Patrick Sullivan, Houston

All-Conference Team
Elena Kordolaimi, Jr., Houston*
Tina Rupert, Fr., Houston
Despoina Vogasari, Fr., Houston*
Julia Fellerhoff, Sr., Louisville
Rebecca Shine, Sr., Louisville
Marta Morgan, Fr., Memphis
Anki Wind, Fr., Memphis
Vanessa Petrini, Sr., Rutgers
Dasha Sharapova, Fr., SMU
Loreto Alonso-Martinez, Sr., USF *
Olaya Garrido-Rivas, Fr., USF*
Kayla Rizzolo, Sr., USF

*unanimous selection

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