Cervin, Rasmussen, Anundsen Headline Major Women's Tennis Awards
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Saint Louis junior Aspen Cervin and VCU freshman Anna Rasmussen have been named the Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Tennis Most Outstanding Performer and Rookie Performer, respectively, which was announced Tuesday following a vote by the league's 14 head coaches. In the same vote, Davidson's Sara Anundsen was named Coach of the Year.
Cervin finishes her junior year with a 20-2 singles record in dual matches, all from the top spot, helping SLU to a school-record 20 team wins. Her 25 wins tie for fifth on SLU's single-season list. Playing primarily from No. 2 spot in doubles, Cervin notched 17 wins in dual play (22 overall). The two-time Player of the Week, Cervin has amassed a 68-15 overall singles record, and is the second Billiken to be named Most Outstanding Performer. The Houston, Texas, native has been named First-Team All-Conference each of her three seasons, and is also an All-Academic selection for the second consecutive year. She was also named Most Outstanding Rookie Performer her freshman year.
Rasmussen helped VCU to their fourth A-10 championship title by winning all of her singles matches and clinching the victory in the finals against Davidson. The rookie from Holte, Denmark, ranked as high as No. 98 in the ITA during the season and defeated No. 124 Alice Garcia of Winthrop. She finished her spring freshman campaign on a seven-match win streak, and recorded an 11-3 No. 2 singles record (14-6 overall) and a 14-9 overall record at No. 2 doubles.
In her first two seasons at the helm for the Wildcats, Anundsen is 30-15, and 9-2 against A-10 opponents. The 'Cats ran off an 11-match win streak this year, the second longest in program history, and concluded with a trip to the finals of the A-10 Championship. The Wildcats have boasted six all-conference team picks and 14 A-10 weekly awards under Anundsen. Davidson's 18 wins this year is most since 2008 (19).
Joining Cervin on the All-Conference First Team is fellow Billiken, Eleonore Tchakarova; Davidson's Anna Catharine Feaster and Ava Todd; Dayton's Marlys Bridgham; Duquesne's Kylie Issacs; Fordham's Mayu Sato; George Washington's Teodora Radosavljevic; Massachusett's Ruth Crawford; Richmond's Anna Abadias Morales; and VCU's Olga Barshcheuskaya and Anna Rasmussen.
The All-Conference Second Team consists of Davidson's Gabrielle Centenari; Dayton's Jade Kawamoto; Duquesne's Julianne Herman; Fordham's Estelle Wong; George Mason's Brittany Pilkington; George Washington's Sara Grubac; St. Bonaventure's Mara Martinez-Santori; Saint Joseph's Claire Minnoe; Saint Louis' Verginie Tchakarova; and VCU's Magda Aubets, Darya Berezhnaya and Janina Braun.
The All-Academic team, which is voted on by the league's sports information directors, includes Davidson's Laina Cummer; Duquesne's Megan Wasson and Kylie Isaacs; Saint Louis' Aspen Cervin; George Washington's Marie-Louise Decamps; and Richmond's Emily Gitman.