Dover, Del. (Apr. 12, 2012) --- Delaware State University's Vanja Andonova (fr.; Skopje, Macadonia) has been selected as the 2012 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Women's Tennis Rookie-of-the-Year, in voting by league head coaches and sports information representatives announced today.
Andonova, who was also named to the 2012 All-MEAC Second Team, is the first DSU women's tennis player to earn the league's top rookie award.
After dropping her first singles match of the season, Andonova won her last 15 contests to finish the regular season with a 15-1 overall record. She is 10-0 at No. 4 singles; 3-0 at No. 3 and 2-1 at No.5 .
In addition, she is victorious in her last 13 doubles matches to post a 13-1 record for the season. Andonova is 6-0 at No. 2 doubles and 7-1 in No. 3 contests.
The 2012 All-MEAC Women's Tennis First Team features four players from defending league champion South Carolina State, including Player-of-the-Year Suhaila Jad.
South Carolina State's Hardeep Judge was selected by his peers as the 2012 MEAC Coach-of-the-Year.
The MEAC North champion Delaware State University women's tennis team will take on Florida A&M in the opening round of the league tournament on Friday (Apr. 13) in Raleigh, N.C. The match gets underway at 8:30 a.m. at the Millbrook Tennis Center.
The Hornets are one of two No. 1 seeds in the eight-team tournament field. Florida A&M is the No. 4 South seed. The teams did not meet during the regular season.
The winner of the DSU/Florida A&M quarterfinal round contest will face either Bethune-Cookman (No. 2 South seed) or Howard (No. 3 North) in the tournament semifinals on Saturday. The championship match in the single elimination tournament is set for Sunday (Apr. 15) at 9:00 a.m.
Delaware State brings a school-record 15-match win streak into the 2012 MEAC Tournament. The Hornets were 15-2 overall and captured their first MEAC North title with a 5-0 mark in division play during the regular season. DSU also set a team record for wins in a season this spring.
The Hornets are seeking a MEAC Tournament win for the second straight year. DSU recorded its first-ever tournament victory in the quarterfinals against Bethune-Cookman (4-1) last year.