COLLEGE STATION -- Texas A&M sophomore women’s tennis player Elzé Potgieter has been named to the All-Big 12 Team for singles, and seniors Anna Blagodarova and Tiffany Clifford have been named to All-Big 12 Team for doubles, the conference office announced today.
Potgieter (Bloemfontein, South Africa) went 9-2 in Big 12 singles matches, all at the No. 1 line. She is 22-12 overall and No. 104 in the national singles rankings, administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and released today.
Blagodarova (Toronto, Ontario) and Clifford (Little Rock, Ark.) went 5-4 in Big 12 matches at the No. 1 line, including victories against second-ranked Lenka Broosova and Zuzana Zemenova of Baylor and 20th- ranked Vanja Corovic and Marija Milic of Texas. The Aggie duo is currently listed No. 51 in the national rankings.
In addition, Blagodarova and Clifford have 92 career doubles victories apiece and are in a three-way tie with former Aggie standout Nancy Dingwall (1994-97) for fourth place in the A&M career records.
A&M went 9-2 in Big 12 regular season matches to finish in third place. The Aggies, ranked No. 31, advanced to the semifinals of the Big 12 Championships, where they fell to No. 2-seed and 20th-ranked Texas, 4-3, in a match that last more than four and a half hours. The Aggies are 16-8 overall and now await the announcement of the NCAA Championship bracket, which will be revealed Tuesday between 1-1:30 p.m. on ESPNews.
Zemenova was named Big 12 Player of the Year after going 10-0 at the No. 1 singles line and 7-2 at No. 1 doubles. Jelena Stanivuk and Taylor Ormond, both freshmen at Baylor, were named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and Big 12 Freshman of the Year, respectively, while Lady Bears coach Joey Scrivano was named Big 12 Coach of the Year.
The following is the complete list of All-Big 12 honorees for singles and doubles:
ALL-BIG 12 TEAM
Lenka Broosova, Baylor, So.
Taylor Ormond, Baylor, Fr.
Zuzana Zemenova, Baylor, Sr.*
Monica Milewski, Colorado, Jr.*
Magdalena Tokarczyk, Kansas, Fr.
Viviana Yrureta, Kansas State, Sr.
Imke Reimers, Nebraska, Sr.*
Ana Maria Constantinescu, Oklahoma, Fr.
Iryna Tkachenko, Oklahoma State, Sr.
Vanja Corovic, Texas, So.
Courtney Zauft, Texas, Sr.
Elzé Potgeiter, Texas A&M, So.
Zuzana Chmelarova/Jana Bielikova, Baylor
Zuzana Zemenova/Lenka Broosova, Baylor
Monica Milewski/Camila Belassi, Colorado
Imke Reimers/Jana Albers, Nebraska
Vanja Corovic/Marija Milic, Texas
Tiffany Clifford/Ana Blagodarova, Texas A&M
Samantha van der Drift/Janet Durham, Texas Tech
* - Unanimous Selection