Southern States Athletic Conference Player of the Year Ana Veselinovic has earned First-Team All-American honors.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. ---- Auburn University at Montgomery women's tennis standouts Ana Veselinovic and Jade Curtis each earned First-Team All-American honors, while Morgane Zowczak was selected to the All-American Second-Team, when the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced its 2011 All-American teams on Tuesday. Junior Kveta Hajkova was also named an honorable mention All-American by the organization.
Veselinovic, who also earned First-Team All-American honors last season, finished the 2011 season with a 26-2 singles record, playing primarily at the No. 1 flight. At the top position, the Herceg-Novi, Montenegro, native posted a 20-2, while also earning victories at the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 spots. She was equally impressive in doubles, recording a 28-3 record, including a 24-3 mark at the top position. Following the Lady Senators' fourth consecutive Southern States Athletic Conference tournament title, Veselinovic was named the league's player of the year.
In the NAIA Women's Tennis National Championship Tournament, Veselinovic earned victories over the No. 5 ranked Sara Celma (Fresno Pacific) and the top singles player in the nation (Point Loma Nazarene's Kristin Strimple). She also held a commanding lead against the No. 3 (Yi Ching Chen of Embry-Riddle) and No. 28 (Aziza Butoyi of Olivet Nazarene) ranked singles player during the tournament. Celma, Strimple and Chen all earned First-Team All-American honors, while Butoyi was an honorable mention selection.
Curtis, a freshman from Saltash, England, finished the season with a 22-2 singles record playing primarily at the No. 2 position, and ended the season with 17 consecutive singles wins. She also posted a 20-1 doubles record. Curtis was named the Marvin P. Richmond Outstanding Player of the tournament, after she won all four of her singles matches in straight sets and teamed with Veselinovic to earn doubles points in each match for AUM. Curtis was also selected the SSAC Freshman of the Year.
Zowczak, a Second-Team All-American in 2010, led the Lady Senators with 27 singles victories on the season, playing mainly at the No. 3 flight. She posted a 27-3 record in singles, including a 19-1 mark at the third spot, and won her final nine matches of the season. The Yutz, France, native also excelled in doubles play, sporting a 26-4 record at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. Zowczak highlighted her season last season, when she captured a three-set victory over Fresno Pacific's Cristina Valladares, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, to earn the deciding point for the Lady Senators in the National Championship match.
A native of Bratislava, Slovakia, Hajkova finished the year with a 22-7 singles record and a 27-3 mark in doubles play. Hajkova posted a perfect 9-0 singles record at the No. 4 position, while tallying a 23-2 mark at the No. 2 doubles spot. The junior concluded the season with 10 consecutive wins in singles play and winning 17 of her final 18 doubles matches.
The Lady Senators, Azusa Pacific (Calif.), Embry-Riddle (Fla.), Fresno Pacific (Calif.) and Oklahoma Christian led all institutions with three All-Americans. Each school had a pair of First-Team selections and one Second-Team honoree.
Players were selected by the All-America committee. Thirty-two student-athletes were named to the First and Second Teams, while 13 others were honorable mention selections.