LOGAN —Utah State women's tennis head coach Sean McInerney has announced the 2018-19 end of the season awards, as four student-athletes have been recognized for their accomplishments this season.
McInerney has named sophomore Alexandra Pisareva this season's most valuable player as she earned first-team all-Mountain West singles accolades after leading the team in singles wins with 22, including 11-3 at the No. 1 spot and 1-0 at the No. 3 spot during dual match play. Pisareva also went 3-1 in singles against Mountain West opponents during the dual match season, and also ended the season winning seven of her last eight completed matches.
“Alexandra had another tremendous year for us," McInerney said. “To have back-to-back years winning 20 or more matches playing at No. 1 singles is remarkable. Every match is tough playing at her position, and I feel she always gave us a great chance to win. She has had tremendous development over the past two years and we are very proud of that.”
Freshman Gabrielle Dekkers received the most improved player. After starting the spring 0-6, she went on to lead the team with 10 wins in her final 14 dual matches. In all, Dekkers recorded a 15-17 overall singles record, including 6-6 at the No. 4 spot during dual match play. The Ammerzoden, Netherlands, native also recorded a team-high-tying three singles wins against Mountain West opponents.
“Watching the development of Gabi this season has been really awesome," McInerney said. "She has been a relentless working amazing teammate and it was only a matter of time before she was rewarded with wins. By the end of the year, she was one of the best players in our program, and I can't wait to see what the future holds for her and the program.”
Freshman Annaliese County was tabbed the top doubles performer as she was second on the team with 17 doubles wins, including an 11-9 mark in dual match play. County primarily teamed with junior Lucy Octave, where they recorded a 10-5 record, including 7-2 at the No. 3 spot.
“Annaliese is going to be an all-time great Aggie if she keeps up the hard work and competitive attitude," McInerney said. "The player she became by the second half of the season is just the beginning of what she is capable of. The entire season, she accepted the challenge in both singles and doubles, and I view this season as just the start line for her tennis development.”Comment on this story
Freshman Sidnee Lavatai was named the newcomer of the year as she led the team in total wins with 37, including a team-high 13 singles wins during the dual match season and a team-high 18 doubles wins. Lavatai played primarily at the No. 6 spot and went 12-4 overall at that spot.
“To lead the team in both singles and doubles wins in the spring is a huge accomplishment as a freshman," McInerney said. "She worked very hard on her movement, commitment to patterns, staying aggressive and it really paid off for her this season. I know she is going to keep working and reach a whole new level next year. We are very excited about her future at Utah State.”