Owen Tabbed Co-Newcomer of the Year, Six Tigers Garner All-SAA Awards

Owen Tabbed Co-Newcomer of the Year, Six Tigers Garner All-SAA Awards

SAA Release | 2018 Women's Tennis All-SAA Team

ATLANTA - Led by Catherine Owen as the Southern Athletic Association's Co-Newcomer of the Year, the Sewanee women's tennis team placed six on the 2018 All-SAA Team, announced by the conference office on Friday.

Clementina Davila and Christina Merchant were selected to the first team, while Owen and Ellie Czura were recognized on the Second Team. Haley Tucker and Sara Thompson were represented as Honorable Mention.

After a remarkable start to her freshman career in the ITA Regional Championships, the Tunica, Miss. native racked up a 13-5 singles record. In the regionals, she earned victories over Emory's Trisha Sundram and Stephanie Taylor before losing to then, No. 6 Bridget Harding in the regional semifinals. With her performance, she earned a No. 32 national ranking.

In doubles play, Owen tallied a 19-6 record, 13-5 at the No. 1 position with Davila. The duo is ranked 14th in the country.

A three-time All-SAA First Team member and four-time All-Conference member, Davila will enter postseason play with a 14-3 singles record. Currently on a five-match winning streak, the Mexico City, Mexico native is ranked 38th nationally and fifth in the Atlantic South region.

Merchant earns her second All-SAA First Team accolade, and she is a four-year All-SAA representative for the senior. The Greenville, S.C. native is 11-5 on the year in singles and 17-4 in doubles play.

The reigning SAA Newcomer of the Year in Czura earns her second straight All-SAA Second Team nod. The Bluffton, S.C. native finished 12-6 in singles and 17-4 in doubles.

Tucker collects her second consecutive Honorable Mention selection thanks to an 11-4 singles mark and 13-3 in doubles action for the New Orleans, La. native.

Thompson is honored with her first All-Conference selection. The San Antonio, Texas native led the team with 22 doubles wins, 20-4 in the spring season. 13 of her 20 wins came with her partner Tucker, primarily at the No. 3 flight. She also went 9-1 in singles, including an 8-0 record this spring.

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