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Charlotte, N.C. - Three Gardner-Webb women's tennis players earned postseason honors from the Big South Conference, it was announced this evening at the awards ceremony held at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, as Alice Hopkins, Erica White, and Ioana Oprea each were honored.

The Big South tabbed Hopkins (Birmingham, England) as the Conference's Freshman of the Year.

Hopkins posted a 19-2 record in singles play, the most for a Gardner-Webb freshman under head coach Jim Corn.  She was instrumental in Gardner-Webb's 4-4 Conference mark, as Hopkins went 7-1 in League singles action.  Hopkins' 19 singles wins this season are the most for a Runnin' Bulldog player in the past four seasons.  She helped the Runnin' Bulldogs in doubles play as well, teaming up with Yasmin Doost for a 10-9 record at No. 2 doubles. 

Hopkins and junior Erica White (Charleston, W.V.) each earned All-Conference singles honors for their stellar play this season. White went 15-6 in singles play this season, all at the No. 1 position for GWU. She tacked on 13 wins alongside doubles partner Ronia Hutterli during the 2012 season.

Oprea (Bucharest, Romania) was named to the Big South All-Academic Team, rewarding her hard work and dedication throughout her career as a student-athlete. On the court, Oprea was 16-4 in singles play, holding down the No. 3 spot throughout the season for the Runnin' Bulldogs. She added 9 doubles wins alongside Jenny Lunde this season.

Gardner-Webb, the No. 5 seed for the upcoming Big South Tournament, takes on No. 4 Radford for a 1st Round matchup at approximately 10:30 a.m. tomorrow.  




All-Academic Team

Anais Gomar, Campbell

Lindsay Krause, Presbyterian College

Giovanna Portioli, Winthrop

Zoe Hamel, UNC Asheville

Carol Lobel, Liberty

Diana Mortlock, Coastal Carolina

Ioana Oprea, Gardner-Webb

Alexandra Walters, Charleston Southern

Petra Dajevic, Radford

Women's Tennis Flight Winners

No. 1 Singles - Yasmine Alkema, Winthrop

No. 2 Singles - Andressa Garcia, Winthrop

No. 3 Singles - Sandra Herrera, Winthrop

No. 4 Singles - Giovanna Portioli, Winthrop

                            Katie Fosnacht, Coastal Carolina

No. 5 Singles - Alexandra Walters, Charleston Southern

No. 6 Singles - Monica Aguado, Winthrop

No. 1 Doubles - Yasmine Alkema/Andressa Garcia, Winthrop

No. 2 Doubles - Sandra Herrera/Giovanna Portioli, Winthrop

No. 3 Doubles - Maria Hesketh/Kourtney Kowal, Coastal Carolina


All-Conference Singles

Yasmine Alkema, Winthrop

Erica White, Gardner-Webb

Sandra Herrera, Winthrop

Olga Makhova, Charleston Southern

Andressa Garcia, Winthrop

Miki Bunea, Coastal Carolina

Alice Hopkins, Gardner-Webb

Karolina Chernaya, Campbell

All-Conference Doubles

Sandra Herrera/Giovanna Portioli, Winthrop

Miki Bunea/Diana Mortlock, Coastal Carolina

Borislava Nikolova/Karolina Chernaya, Campbell

Yasmine Alkema/Andressa Garcia, Winthrop

Olga Makhova/Marija Dzakovic, Charleston Southern

Player of the Year

Yasmine Alkema, Winthrop *

Freshman of the Year

Alice Hopkins, Gardner-Webb

Scholar Athlete of the Year

Diana Mortlock, Coastal Carolina

Coach of the Year

Bruce Harrison, Radford

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