Big Ten Announces All-Conference Awards
April 25, 2007
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference announced today the 2007 Women's Tennis All-Big Ten team and Freshman, Athlete and Coach of the Year award winners.
Northwestern's Georgia Rose earned Athlete of the Year accolades, proving last year's top freshman could be even better in her sophomore campaign. This year, Rose compiled a 15-2 overall and perfect 5-0 conference record. Week in and week out, Rose continued to lead the Big Ten as the top ranked singles player with eight wins over nationally ranked opponents. Currently, Rose is ranked 13th in the latest ITA poll headed into the tournament weekend. Also earning individual honors for the Wildcats was Freshman of the Year Samantha Murray, who became the third-straight Northwestern player to garner the honor in the last three years. Rounding out the individual honors was Coach of the Year Lin Loring from Indiana, who captured his fourth honor in 30 years at helm for the Hoosiers. Under Loring's guidance, Indiana completed a 9-1 conference season and earned the second seed in the Big Ten Championship.
With a perfect 10-0 Big Ten record at No. 1 singles, Chisako Sugiyama of Michigan was a unanimous selection to this year's team. The sophomore took down three ranked opponents in the spring, and twice garnered Big Ten Athlete of the Week accolades. Repeat honorees included Wisconsin's Caitlin Burke and Northwestern's Alexis Prousis who earned their third selection to the team while teammate Rose earned her second. First time award winners included Illinois' Megan Fudge, Indiana's Alba Berdala and Laura McGaffigan, Iowa's Jacqueline Lee, Michigan's Sugiyama and Jenny Kuehn, Minnesota's Ashley Schellhas, Northwestern's Murray and Purdue's Mallory Voelker.
The Conference office also announced honorees from each team for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The 11 student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. These student-athletes are now candidates for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, as the Conference office will honor one male and one female student-athlete from each institution at the end of the school year.
A complete list of the 2007 All-Big Ten team and postseason honorees appear below.
Freshman of the Year Athlete of the Year Coach of the Year
2007 All-Big Ten Team 2007 Sportsmanship Award Honorees