SMU Freshman Dasha Sharapova Garners All-Conference Honor
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
American Freshman of the Year
American Coach of the Year