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WCC Announces Women's Tennis All-Conference Team

April 30, 2010

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The West Coast Conference announced its 2010 All-WCC Women's Tennis team and postseason award winners, as voted on by the conference coaches on Thursday. San Francisco's Jennifer Heinser was named the WCC Player of the Year, while Saint Mary's Catherine Isip and Coach Lisa Alipaz took home the WCC Freshman of the Year and WCC Coach of the Year honors, respectively.

Heinser's WCC Player of the Year honor is her third in three straight seasons. Throughout her entire career with the Dons, Heinser went undefeated in conference play. This season, Heinser tallied a 20-1 overall record, not giving up a single set in any of those wins, and was ranked No. 94 in the latest ITA singles rankings.

This year's WCC Freshman of the Year Isip has played primarily at the No. 2 spot for the Gaels, who won this year's WCC Championships for the first time in program history. Isip put together a 15-13 overall record in her first collegiate year and tallied wins over seven nationally-ranked opponents.

Coach Lisa Alipaz garnered WCC Coach of the Year honors for the fifth time in her career after leading her No. 38-ranked Saint Mary's tennis team to its first ever WCC title and upcoming appearance at the NCAA Championships in May. She is now in her 11th year with the Gaels.

2010 WCC Women's Tennis Postseason Award Winners
Player of the Year: Jennifer Heinser, USF
Freshman of the Year: Catherine Isip, SMC
Coach of the Year: Lisa Alipaz, SMC

The 2010 All-WCC First Team was selected by the conference coaches, based on overall season performance. All-WCC Second Team members were chosen based on the same criteria, plus performance at the recent WCC Championships. Below is a list of this year's All-WCC team.

All-WCC First Team Singles
Alex Poorta, SMC
Anamika Bhargava, PEP
Anna Chikhikvishvili, SMC
Arianna Colffer, PEP
Catherine Isip, SMC
Jennifer Heinser, USF

All-WCC Second Team Singles
Alex Zaniewski, SCU
Ali Walters, PEP
Claire Soper, SMC
Lacey Pflibsen, POR
Laura Claus, USD
Megan Sporndli, POR

All-WCC Honorable Mention Singles
Andrea Oates, PEP
Cecilia Gratian, USF
Clare Dodge, GON
Estelle LaPorte, LMU
Jane Pringle, LMU
Kelly Lamble, SCU
Maria Raygada, USD
Marie Zalameda, PEP
Prue Teitzel, GON
Rika Mendhiratta, GON

All-WCC First Team Doubles
Alex Poorta/Claire Soper, SMC
Anamika Bhargava/Marie Zalameda, PEP
Lacey Pflibsen/Megan Sporndli, POR

All-WCC Second Team Doubles
Anna Chikhikvishvili/Catherine Isip, SMC
Jennifer Heinser/Melinda Akerbrant, USF
Juliette Coupez/Maja Sujica, USD

All-WCC Honorable Mention Doubles
Alexandra Zaniewski/Jessica Agra, SCU
Alita Fisher/Nienke Strijbis, SMC
Justine Perl/Laura Claus, USD
Kelly Lamble/Maggie McGeorge, SCU