Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Rock Hill, S.C. – Brevard College’s Claire Dillman has been named co-SAC Women’s Tennis Player of the Year along with Lincoln Memorial’s Leah Donoff, leading the conference’s list of award winners that was announced on Wednesday.

Dillman played primarily at the No. 1 singles position this season, finishing the regular season 13-4 overall and 7-2 in league play. The senior was a First Team pick last season and a Second Team selection in 2011.

Dillman was also named First Team All-SAC in doubles along with partner Michelle Prata. The duo went 11-6 and 7-2 in conference play at BC’s No. 1 doubles position this season after receiving Second Team honors in 2012.

Prata also excelled in singles play this season, going 10-7 overall and 7-2 in conference to earn a spot on the All-SAC Singles Second Team.

Donoff also played at the No. 1 singles position for the Railsplitters, going 12-3 overall and 8-1 in SAC matches.

Both Dillman and Donoff earned spots on the All-SAC Singles First Team, joining Wingate’s Ali Evers and Becca Thomas, Newberry’s Susana Aguirre, Catawba’s Liz Renteria and Carson-Newman’s Stefy Stand.

Evers went 11-11 overall in singles play this season, while Aguirre went 14-9, Thomas went 13-9, Renteria went 16-8 and Stand finished 5-9.  Evers, Aguirre, Renteria and Stand played the No. 1 position for the bulk of the season, while Thomas played at No. 2.

Renteria and Stand tied for the final spot on the All-SAC Singles First Team.  Renteria was also named the co-SAC Freshman of the Year, sharing the award with Tusculum’s Erin Mills.

Two other doubles tandems also earning first-team All-Conference honors– Newberry’s Aguirre and Romina Adum, and Wingate’s Evers and Thomas.

Aguirre and Adum finished the regular season at 19-4 overall, Dillman and Prata went 11-6, and Evers and Thomas went 14-6.  All three duos played No. 1 for their respective teams.

With voting for the final All-SAC Singles First Team spot ending in a tie, the singles Second Team consisted of only five honorees.  Earning selections to the team besides Prata were Anderson’s Avery Owens, Wingate’s Morgan Winston, Mars Hill’s Tatiana Dualiby and Catawba’s Sloan Kessler. 

Rounding out the All-SAC Second Team were the doubles tandems of LMU’s Donoff and Aura Penalosa, Anderson’s Owens and Karen Ching, and Catawba’s Renteria and Sloan Kessler.

Wingate’s Michael Cabana was named the SAC Coach of the Year for the third-straight season after leading the Bulldogs to the regular-season conference title.  WU went 9-0 in league play and 17-5 overall.

Co-SAC Player of the Year:  Claire Dillman, Brevard
Co-SAC Player of the Year:  Leah Donoff, Lincoln Memorial
Co-SAC Freshman of the Year:  Erin Mills, Tusculum
Co-SAC Freshman of the Year:  Liz Renteria, Catawba
SAC Coach of the Year:  Michael Cabana, Wingate

All-SAC First Team
Claire Dillman, BC ^+

Leah Donoff, LMU ^$@
Ali Evers, WU ^$
Susana Aguirre, NEW %
Becca Thomas, WU
Liz Renteria, CAT*
Stefy Stand, C-N*

Susana Aguirre/Romina Adum, NEW
Claire Dillman/Michelle Prata, BC &
Ali Evers/Becca Thomas, WU #

All-SAC Second Team

Avery Owens, AU %
Morgan Winston, WU
Tatiana Dualiby, MHC ^+
Michelle Prata, BC
Sloan Kessler, CAT

Leah Donoff/Aura Penalosa, LMU
Avery Owens/Karen Ching, AU
Sloan Kessler/Liz Renteria, CAT

 * Tied for final first-team singles selection
^ 2012 All-SAC First Team Singles
# 2012 All-SAC First Team Doubles
% 2012 All-SAC Second Team Singles
& 2012 All-SAC Second Team Doubles
$ 2011 All-SAC First Team
+ 2011 All-SAC Second Team
@ 2010 All-SAC First Team