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MT's William named C-USA Newcomer of the Year

Junior also tabbed first team All-Conference USA

April 29, 2014 · @MTAthletics

IRVING, Texas - Middle Tennessee junior Tiffany William was selected as the 2014 Conference USA Women's Tennis Newcomer of the Year, as announced by the league office on Tuesday.

The London, England native became the first Blue Raider women's tennis player to earn conference accolades since Claudia Szabo and Hala Sufi were named All-Sun Belt in 2007. William was tabbed first team singles All-Conference and is the first Raider to win a Newcomer of the Year award. She joined the Blue Raiders in the fall of 2013 after spending two years at Auburn-Montgomery.

"I am so proud of Tiffany and think she is very deserving of this honor," said head coach Shelley Godwin. "She worked hard this year to transition into a new team and environment , while leading our team on the court."

This season, William produced a record of 18-4 (.818) in singles action as Middle Tennessee's top player. She collected the most singles victories in a season at MT since Pooja Kommireddi in 2006. The junior won nine consecutive matches dating from Jan. 25 until March 7. She was selected as the C-USA Athlete of the Week on Feb. 11 for a pair of wins over Austin Peay and Lipscomb.

William closed out the season winning nine out of her last 10 matches. She won all three singles matches in the C-USA Championship, including upsetting No. 116 ranked Yelena Nemchen of Tulsa. William and doubles partner Nayara Moraes picked up the doubles point-clinching victory over UTSA in the second round of the tournament.

2014 ALL-CONFERENCE USA SINGLES TEAM

First Team

Alexandra Starkova, LA Tech
Tiffany William, Middle Tennessee
Nikol Hristova, Old Dominion
Natalie Beazant, Rice
Dominique Harmath, Rice
Katherine Ip, Rice
Klara Vyskocilova, Tulane
Marcelina Cichon, Tulsa

Second Team

Carlotta Orlando, FIU
Dana Oppinger, Marshall
Kseniya Bardabush, North Texas
Anastasiya Shestakova, North Texas
Liat Zimmermann, Rice
Renata Kuricova, Tulsa
Maria Sant'Anna, Tulsa
Rongrong Leenabanchong, Tulsa

Third Team

Macy Vonderschmidt, Charlotte
Dana Gray, East Carolina
Giulietta Boha, FIU
Jazmin Britos, LA Tech
Derya Turhan, Marshall
Kai Broomfield, Marshall
Kim Anicete, Rice
Alison Ho, Rice
Carolin Drescher, Southern Miss
Miriam Rosell Canudas, UTSA

2014 ALL-CONFERENCE USA DOUBLES TEAM

First Team

Natalie Beazant/Liat Zimmermann, Rice

Second Team

Renata Kuricova/Marcelina Cichon, Tulsa

Third Team

Kseniya Bardabush/Franziska Sprinkmeyer, North Texas

Coach of the Year: Elizabeth Schmidt, Rice
Player of the Year: Klara Vyskocilova, Tulane
Freshman of the Year: Katherine Ip, Rice
Newcomer of the Year: Tiffany William, Middle Tennessee
Outstanding Singles Player of the Championship: Natalie Beazant, Rice
Outstanding Doubles Team of the Championship: Natalie Beazant/Liat Zimmermann, Rice

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