Siopacha, Dunbar, Kostin Headline Major Women's Tennis Awards

By Atlantic 10 Conference
Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — George Washington junior Maria Siopacha and Richmond freshman Emily Dunbar have been named the Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Tennis Co-Most Outstanding Performers, which was announced Tuesday following a vote by the league's 14 head coaches. In the same vote, Dunbar was also named Most Outstanding Rookie Performer while VCU’s Paul Kostin was named Coach of the Year.


Playing at No. 1 singles and doubles this year, Siopacha finished with a 19-9 overall record, 12-3 in dual match season, and a 12-5 record in doubles play. At the 2018 Atlantic 10 Women’s Tennis Championship, the Limassol, Cyprus native went 2-0 in doubles with wins in the quarterfinals and semifinals. During singles play at the A-10 Championship, she was leading both her matches when the final team point was clinched. Against A-10 competition, Siopacha went a perfect 4-0. Earlier in the year, Siopacha defeated William & Mary’s Rosie Cheng, who at the time was ranked #86 in the ITA rankings.


Dunbar, playing at the No. 1 position, compiled a 17-12 singles record and an 8-2 doubles record. The Medina, Ohio product recorded wins over VCU’s Anna Rasmussen (twice), Massachusetts’ Ruth Crawford, and Saint Joseph’s Amanda Nava, all at the No. 1 singles position. During the A-10 Championship, Dunbar did not drop a match as she defeated Rachel Smilansky of Rhode Island and Anna Rasmussen of VCU. Her match against Duquesne’s Kylie Isaacs went unfinished, but she had won the first set and was leading in the second match when the match-clinching point was won.


In his 18th year as the women’s head coach, Kostin led the Rams to their ninth conference title and their 15th NCAA Tournament bid. This year VCU finished with a 17-6 overall record and a 2-0 mark against A-10 competition.


Joining Siopacha and Dunbar on the All-Conference First Team is Davidson’s Anna Catharine Feaster, Duquesne’s Julianne Herman and Kylie Isaacs, Massachusetts’ Crawford and Ana Yrazusta, Richmond’s Kiana Marshall, Saint Joseph’s Nava, Saint Louis’ Cassie McKenzie, and VCU’s Paola Delgado and Rasmussen.


The All-Conference Second team consists of Davidson’s Alexandra Abele, Dayton’s Marlys Bridgham, Fordham’s Maia Balce, George Mason’s Sydney Green, George Washington’s Melis Bayraktaroglu, Marie-Louis Decamps, Sara Grubac, and Julia Herlogsson, Massachusetts’ Janja Kovacevic, Rhode Island’s Smilansky, and VCU’s Marina Alcaide and Noumea Witmus.


The All-Academic team, which is voted on by the league's sports information directions, included Davidson’s Ava Todd, Dayton’s Bridgham, Duquesne’s Isaacs, Fordham’s Carolina Sa, and George Washington’s Decamps and Siopacha.

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