ODAC Announces All-ODAC Women's Tennis Awards

ODAC Announces All-ODAC Women's Tennis Awards

FOREST, Va. --- Sweet Briar College collected a league-high eight all-conference team awards plus one special individual honor, while league champion Washington and Lee University earned the remaining three special awards and five all-league nods to headline the 2022-23 All-ODAC Women's Tennis Awards.

Generals' first-year Lauren Long garnered both ODAC Player of the Year and ODAC Rookie of the Year laurels from the conference's head coaches. W&L mentor Erin Ness secured ODAC Coach of the Year recognition from her peers for a second straight season. Vixens' senior Ruth de Souza received ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors from the league's athletic communications personnel.

Much of the 2022-23 all-conference teams are composed of new players receiving recognition for the first time. Still, there are eight honors that feature repeat distinction. Sweet Briar's de Souza and Allison Wandling repeat as one of the All-ODAC First Team doubles pairings, while Wandling is a first teamer in singles play for a second time. De Souza moves up to first team singles after an All-ODAC Second Team choice last year, a profile that matches teammate Isabela Guilarte as well.

Shenandoah University's Jahveesha Combs was part of a first team doubles team last year. She is again this season with a new partner in Lily Kimble, who was part of a second team tandem in 2022. Combs appears on the second team in singles play after a first team assignment last. The same goes for W&L's Gabi Moss, who is a second team choice after earning last season's ODAC Player of the Year award.

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Long, a first-year from Carmel, Ind., was a star almost from day one on the Lexington-based campus, earning a trip to the ITA Cup with doubles partner Margaret Carlton after placing second in the main doubles draw at the ITA Regional Championships in the fall. Overall, Long owns a 16-3 record in all singles matches with more to come in at least the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championship team tournament with W&L earning the ODAC's automatic entry to the field. She was also selected to compete in the Division III singles tournament. Long, the second-ranked player in the Atlantic South Region by the ITA, is 14-2 in top flight singles matches including a 5-0 mark against ODAC foes. She enters the NCAA Tournament having won 12 straight singles matches with a 2-0 record against regionally ranked opponents. In doubles action, Long partnered with Carlton and Gabi Moss, posting a 20-9 record. She and Moss are 10-1, while Long and Carlton own a 10-8 record. While not playing enough matches against league competition to qualify for all-conference consideration, Long and Moss are the sixth-ranked doubles pairing in the region.

Ness is in her 11th year guiding the Generals women's tennis program. This her seventh overall and second straight ODAC top coaching award, pairing it with recognition she received from the league's coaches in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2022. Washington and Lee is currently ranked 22nd in Division III and sixth in the Atlantic South Region in polls administered by the ITA. W&L claimed its 20th straight and 32nd overall ODAC women's tennis title at the close of April.

De Souza, a senior from Marilia, Brazil, stars on and off the court for Sweet Briar. In the classroom, de Souza owns a 3.975 grade point average as an engineering science major. She is a multi-year recipient of ODAC All-Academic status in addition to earning VaSID Academic All-State laurels and ITA Scholar-Athlete distinction in 2022. She also earned Academic All-District honors from CoSIDA (now College Sports Communicators) in 2022.

On the court, de Souza pairs this honor with All-ODAC First Team awards in singles and doubles this season as well as all-conference recognition in 2022 and 2021. She is currently ranked eighth in the Atlantic South Region in doubles with teammate Allison Wandling. De Souza recently received the Crysler Award as Sweet Briar's most prestigious athletic honor recognizing a four-year graduating student-athlete who has demonstrated continuous commitment, sportsmanship, and achievement in her sport. This season, she and Wandling -- participants at the 2021 NCAA Division III Doubles Tournament -- are 12-9 in all doubles matches including a 5-1 mark against ODAC competition. De Souza went 12-9 in all singles matches with a 6-1 at #1 singles in ODAC play. She graduates as the only player in program history to advance to the semifinals of the main draw of the ITA Regional Championships. She earned a national singles ranking as high as #32 and doubles rating as high as #17 during her career. She is only the second player in program history to surpass 100 career wins.

Listed below is the full set of All-ODAC Women's Tennis Awards.  For more information, visit the websites of the participating schools, or go to the ODAC's home on the Internet at www.odaconline.com. Don't forget to become a fan of the ODAC on Facebook and follow @odacathletics on Twitter and Instagram.

ODAC Player of the Year: Lauren Long, Fy., Washington and Lee
ODAC Coach of the Year: Erin Ness, Washington and Lee
ODAC Rookie of the Year: Lauren Long, Fy., Washington and Lee
ODAC/Va. Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete: Ruth de Souza, Sr., Sweet Briar

#1 Singles: Ruth de Souza, Sr., Sweet Briar^
#1 Singles: Lauren Long, Fy., Washington and Lee
#2 Singles: Nikhita Simhambhatla, Sr., Sweet Briar
#2 Singles: Izzy Koziol, Jr., Washington and Lee
#3 Singles: Allison Wandling, Sr., Sweet Briar*
#4 Singles: Sofia Andrade, Sr., Sweet Briar
#5 Singles: Daniella Poulakidas, Jr., Averett
#6 Singles: Isabela Guilarte, Jr., Sweet Briar^
#1 Doubles: Shenandoah: Jahveesha Combs, Sr.* / Lily Kimble, Sr.^
#1 Doubles: Sweet Briar: Ruth de Souza, Sr.* / Allison Wandling, Sr.*
#2 Doubles: Sweet Briar: Sofia Andrade, Sr. / Ana Patino, So.
#3 Doubles: Sweet Briar: Maria Caro, So. / Nikhita Simhambhatla, Sr.
#1 Singles: Jahveesha Combs, Sr., Shenandoah*
#1 Singles: Gabi Moss, Jr., Washington and Lee*
#2 Singles: Lia Streibich, Fy., Roanoke
#3 Singles: Brenda Poulakidas, Fy., Averett
#4 Singles: Lily Kimble, Sr., Shenandoah
#5 Singles: Karolina Moss, Fy., Washington and Lee
#6 Singles: Adele Huffman, Jr., Randolph-Macon
#6 Singles: Gracie Caplice, Sr., Washington and Lee
#1 Doubles: Averett: Keira Gunning, So. / Brenda Poulakidas, Fy.
#1 Doubles: Randolph-Macon: Catherine Mowry, Fy. / Camilla Thurman, Fy.
#2 Doubles: Averett: Alejandra Garcia, Sr. / Paula Ryhsen, Jr.
#3 Doubles: Randolph-Macon: Adele Huffman, Jr. / Katie Sarnowski, Jr.
* 2022 All-ODAC First Team
^ 2022 All-ODAC Second Team