May 5, 2014

Four Camels named to Big South women's tennis all-decade teams

Photo Gallery: Camels on the Big South women's tennis all-decade teams

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – As part of the Big South Conference's 30th Anniversary celebration in 2013-14, the league is announcing its first-ever all-decade teams to recognize the student-athletes and coaches who excelled in their respective sport since the Big South's founding in 1983.  A committee of Big South Conference administrators served as the official voting panel to determine the all-decade teams, with fan voting comprising 20 percent of the overall total. 

Women's tennis became a Big South Conference sport in 1987 and all-decade teams are included for 1987-89, 1990-99 and 2000-09.  Each team features six singles players, six doubles players and one head coach.  In case of ties, additional honorees are included.

Former Campbell standouts Andrea Boda, Aleksandra Cvetkovic and Antonia Homolya were chosen for the 1990-99 all-decade singles team, while Boda and Ralitza Milorieva were tabbed for doubles.  Campbell joined the Atlantic Sun Conference in July 1994 before returning to the Big South prior to the 2011-12 academic year.

Under the direction of first-year women's coach Kenny Doyle, Campbell began a streak of success in 1991 that earned the team its first Big South runner-up finish.  CU went 12-6 overall, 7-0 in league regular season play, and finished second to champion Davidson in the Big South tournament, which was composed of six singles and three doubles flights.

One year later, Campbell went 12-4 overall, 5-0 against the league, and scored three more points in the 1992 Big South tournament than runner-up Davidson to win its first conference title in the sport.  Campbell produced a 15-0 overall mark, 7-0 in the Big South in 1993 and went 21-4, 7-1 in '94 before leaving for the Atlantic Sun.

All told, the Camels compiled a 60-14 dual match record from the 1991 through 1994 spring seasons, 26-1 in conference regular season play.  CU also won the 1993 conference tournament title before finishing as the '94 runner-up.

A native of Budapest, Hungary, Boda produced a 26-3 singles record in her first season (1990-91), including a 21-0 mark in the spring.  She won the number-two singles flight at the Big South Championship and finished first in the number-one doubles flight with Katalin Darvas.  She finished her four-year career with a 94-21 singles record, second on Campbell's all-time wins list.  Boda was a four-time Big South all-conference performer (1991-94), was a member of the Big South Presidential Honor Roll all four years and won the 1994 L.T. and Betty Easley Senior GPA award with a 3.965 cumulative grade-point average. She was presented the 1993 Christenberry Award as the Big South's top student-athlete.

Cvetkovic joined the team in 1991-92 and went on to win four all-conference awards, including three in the Big South.  The 1992 Big South player of the year and number-one flight singles champion at the league tournament, Cvetkovic went on to set a Campbell career record for singles victories (101-30).  A product of Opatija, Croatia, Cvetkovic went 27-5 in singles play during the '93-94 campaign and 24-10 in '94-95, Campbell's first year in the A-Sun.

In her only year at Campbell, Antonia Homolya won All-America honors and Big South player of the year recognition in 1993.  A native of Hungary and resident of Neumunster, Germany, Homolya tied for 20th in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association singles rankings in '93 after producing a 35-3 record.  She won the Rolex Southeast Regional Indoor Championship and also claimed the Big South's number-one singles and doubles crowns.  She led the team to its first unbeaten season in the program's history and a third-straight undefeated record (7-0) in Big South play.

Milorieva achieved Big South all-conference marks in singles three times from 1992-94.  The product of Plovdiv, Bulgaria won the '92 Big South number-two singles and doubles titles.  One year later she was the conference champion at number-four singles and number-three doubles, partnering with her sister Diana.  The Milorievas again won all-league recognition at number-two doubles in '94.  Ralitza finished her career with a 93-36 singles record, third-most wins in the program's history. 

1987-89 WOMEN'S TENNIS ALL-DECADE TEAM
Singles, School, Notes
Leigh Ann Caldwell, UNC Asheville, 2-time All-Conference
Stacey Carter, UNC Asheville, 2-time All-Conference
Jenee Cross, UNC Asheville, 3-time All-Conference, 3-time Player of the Year
Kelly Grant, Winthrop, All-Conference, Player of the Year
Christian Mack, Coastal Carolina, All-Conference
Cynthia Price, Radford, All-Conference
Doubles, School, Notes
Jenee Cross, UNC Asheville, All-Conference
Kelly Grant, Winthrop, All-Conference
Tammy Ponder, Radford, 2-time All-Conference
Kristen Prunier, Coastal Carolina, 2-time All-Conference
Maria Rask, Winthrop, All-Conference
Sue Shoemaker, Radford, All-Conference
Head Coach, School, Notes
Karl Johnston, UNC Asheville, 2 Championships (1988-89), 2-time Coach of the Year 

1990-99 WOMEN'S TENNIS ALL-DECADE TEAM
Singles, School, Notes
Andrea Boda, Campbell, 3-time All-Conference
Sussy Boyanovich, Winthrop, 3-time All-Conference, 2-time Player of the Year
Aleksandra Cvetkovic, Campbell, 3-time All-Conference, Player of the Year
Caroline de Freitas, Winthrop, 2-time All-Conference, Player of the Year
Antonia Homolya, Campbell, All-American, Player of the Year
Juliana Marques, Winthrop, 3-time All-Conference, Player of the Year
Doubles, School, Notes
Andrea Boda, Campbell, 4-time All-Conference
Julie Harnois, Charleston Southern, 2-time All-Conference
Juliana Marques, Winthrop, 4-time All-Conference
Ralitza Milorieva, Campbell, 3-time All-Conference
Su-Peng Ng, Winthrop, 3-time All-Conference
Ana Marie Rojas, Winthrop, 2-time All-Conference
Head Coach, School, Notes
Cid Carvalho, Winthrop, 4 Championships (1994-95-96-99), 5-time Coach of the Year 

2000-09 WOMEN'S TENNIS ALL-DECADE TEAM
Singles, School, Notes
Medina Bajrambasic, Coastal Carolina, 4-time All-Conference, Player of the Year
Patricia Coimbra, Winthrop, 4-time All-Conference, Rookie of the Year
Emma Kidd, Coastal Carolina, 4-time All-Conference, 4-time Player of the Year, Big South Hall of Fame Member
Marie Matrka, Coastal Carolina, 3-time All-Conference, Player of the Year
Ana Paula Noves, Winthrop, 4-time All-Conference, Player of the Year
Jonita Randolph, Liberty, 3-time All-Conference, Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year
Doubles, School, Notes
Jenny Andrade, Winthrop, 3-time All-Conference
Medina Bajrambasic, Coastal Carolina, 4-time All-Conference
Emma Kidd, Coastal Carolina, 4-time All-Conference
Marie Matrka, Coastal Carolina, 4-time All-Conference
Ana Paula Noves, Winthrop, 3-time All-Conference
Jonita Randolph, Liberty, 3-time All-Conference
Head Coach, School, Notes
Cid Carvalho, Winthrop, 8 Championships (2000-02-03-04-05-06-08-09), 8 NCAA Tournaments, 3-time Coach of the Year