April 29, 2014
RUSTON - After helping lead the Louisiana Tech tennis team to its second consecutive 15-win season and a program record 11-match winning streak, Alexandra Starkova and Jazmin Britos were 2014 all-conference selections made by the Conference USA head coaches.
Starkova earned first-team all-conference honors while Britos earned second-team all-conference honors.
"This is a great ending to the year with both players getting these awards," said head coach Chad Camper. "This gives us a lot of motivation going into next season and I think it puts us on the map as a strong up-and-coming program in one of the top mid-major conferences in the country."
This marked the second consecutive year Starkova has been a member of the all-conference team. Last season, she was selected to the first team in doubles in the Western Athletic Conference.
The sophomore finished the spring dual season with a 15-6 overall record in singles and a 3-1 mark in C-USA play, playing all but three matches at the No. 1 spot. The 15 singles wins was a team-high with four of those being clinchers.
The Madrid, Spain native recorded victories over Florida Atlantic, Connecticut, UT Arlington, North Texas and SMU during the regular season.
She was even more impressive in the C-USA Tournament where she registered a 6-4, 6-2 victory over UAB in the round of 16 and then a 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 come-from-behind victory versus Marshall in the quarterfinals.
"For Alexandra to get this honor as just a sophomore among all the other first team players is a huge accomplishment," said Camper. "She really matured toward the end of the season and became one of the best players in the conference."
Britos had an equally impressive spring as the freshman finished with a team-best 14-3 record in singles while also going a perfect 3-0 in C-USA play. She spent most of the season at No. 3 but also saw action at the No. 2 and No. 4 spots.
The Villarrica, Paraguay native opened up the dual season with an 11-match winning streak with all of the victories coming by straight sets except for a key 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 win at McNeese State.
She nearly notched victories at 24th-ranked Houston and 47th-ranked Arkansas by being up a set and a break in each match, but both went unfinished. Along with Starkova, she recorded one of the points in the C-USA Tournament quarterfinals against Marshall with a decisive 6-3, 6-1 win.
"Jazmin has been a huge part of this team from the beginning," said Camper. "We really depended on her most matches and she would always come through. I expect big things from her in the future as a leader on and off the court."
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