Two members of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's tennis team were honored with postseason recognition by the Southern Conference today. Sophomore Jenna Nurik (Roswell, Ga.) earned the league's Sportsmanship Award and a spot on the All-SoCon Second Team while Alexa Flynn (Memphis, Tenn.) was named to the SoCon All-Freshman Team.
Nurik is the sixth Lady Moc to win the Sportsmanship Award since the SoCon began handing out the honor in 1990. Only Davidson, with seven winners, has more honorees during that same time span. Senior teammate Grace Robinette was the last from Chattanooga to earn the Sportsmanship Award, taking home the honors in 2009.
The 2010 SoCon Freshman of the Year, Nurik grabbed Second Team All-SoCon honors this season behind a 17-14 overall record. She was 12-9 at No. 1 in dual matches this spring and had a 5-5 mark in league action. She has won three of her last four singles matches heading into this week's SoCon Tournament at the Champions Club in Chattanooga, Tenn.
"Once again Jenna showed that she is one of the top players in the Southern Conference," stated head coach Jeff Clark. "She represents her team, her University and her family in a first-class way."
Flynn led the team with an 18-11 mark in singles play. She was 11-10 in spring dual matches and had a 4-6 record in SoCon action.
"Alexa is also well-deserving of the honor," added Clark. "She has had a great year and improved the strength of our singles and doubles line up."
Both of these student-athletes also excel in the classroom. Nurik has a 3.8 grade-point-average as a Psychology major while Flynn carries a 3.4 g.p.a. and is majoring in Political Science.
Nurik and Flynn led the Lady Mocs to an 11-10 overall record and a fifth place finish the SoCon at 6-4. UTC has secured a .500 or better season for the first time since 2003 and the most wins in league action since 2004.
Chattanooga is seeded fifth and has a first-round bye in the SoCon Tournament this week. The Lady Mocs face No. 4 seed Samford at the Champions Club on Thursday, April 21, at 8:30 a.m. (E.D.T.). Live scoring will be available on GoMocs.com.
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