April 26, 2013
DENVER, Colo. - The Louisiana Tech tennis team has had a banner year under first year head coach Freddy Gomez, and it showed at the 2013 Western Athletic Conference banquet as four Lady Techsters earned All-WAC honors, including Joanna Nalborska who was also named WAC Freshman of the Year.
A native of Warsaw, Poland, Nalborska joined LA Tech in early March with the team already five matches into the season and has helped lead the Techsters to wins in 13 of their last 14 matches.
Nalborska was named first team All-WAC in singles at the No. 2 spot after going 11-1 overall during the season and a perfect 7-0 during WAC play.
She was also chosen to the first team All-WAC in doubles along with her freshman partner Alexandra Starkova who came to LA Tech at the same time as Nalborska, and has been equally as crucial in guiding the team to one of its best seasons in program history.
The doubles tandem teamed up to go a program record-setting 12-0 mark at the No. 2 position.
A third freshman, Manoela Chiacchio, also garnered All-WAC honors.
Chiacchio, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, was named to the second team at the No. 6 spot in singles where she went 6-0 and currently has a team-high 10-match winning streak.
With two-thirds of the squad being first-year players, the one constant in the program has been Vivian ten Dolle who was selected to the second team in singles at the No. 3 position.
Ten Dolle went 12-4 overall this season, including 5-1 record in conference play.
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First Team All-WAC Singles (by position)
No. 1 Klaudia Boczova, San Jose State
No. 2 Joanna Nalborska, Louisiana Tech
No. 3 Emma Isberg, Denver
No. 4 Elizabeth Thoms, UT Arlington
No. 5 Kathryn Hughes, Denver
No. 6 Steffi Rath, Denver
First Team All-WAC Doubles (by position)
No. 1 Victoria Lozano/Almudena Sanz.
No. 2 Joanna Nalborska/Alexandra Starkova
No. 3 Chau Truong/Julianna Bacelar
Second Team All-WAC Singles (by position)
No. 1 Sophia Bergner, Denver
No. 2 Sabastiani Leon Chao, San Jose State
No. 3 Vivian ten Dolle, Louisiana Tech
No. 4 Mandy van den Eerenbeemt, Denver
No. 5 Juilanna Bacelar, San Jose State
No. 6 Manoela Chiacchio, Louisiana Tech
Second Team All-WAC Doubles (by position)
No. 1 Sabastiani Leon Chao/Erica Medlin
No. 2 Klaudia Boczova/Jessica Willett
No. 3 Caroline Schnell/Kathryn Hughes
WAC Player of the Year: Klaudia Boczova, San Jose State
WAC Freshman of the Year: Joanna Nalborska, Louisiana Tech
WAC Coach of the Year: Jeremy Wurtzman, Denver