Thursday, January 30, 2014


ROCK HILL, S.C.- Brevard College senior Michelle Prata has been selected as Preseason All-SAC Second Team Singles, the league office announced Thursday.

Prata led the Tornados with second-most wins on the team in singles play, in the 2013 season, going 10-7 overall and 7-2 in conference. After the 2013 season, Michelle was named First Team All-SAC in doubles along with partner Claire Dillman. The duo went 11-6 and 7-2 in conference play as Brevard’s Number 1 doubles position.

Thomas and Evers also form one of the preseason All-SAC doubles tandems, along with Newberry’s Aguirre and Romina Adum, and Anderson’s Owens and Karen Ching. 

Adum, Wingate’s Morgan Winston, Mars Hill’s Tatiana Dualiby, Brevard’s Michelle Prata, Catawba’s Sloan Kessler and Queens’ Christina Rustscheff form the second-team singles lineup, while the tandems of Catawba’s Kessler and Renteria, Mars Hill’s Dualiby and Anna Rickenbaker, and Tusculum’s Amanda Sumner and Emily Waters are the second-team doubles honorees.

Three-time defending SAC women’s tennis champion Wingate has been voted as the preseason favorite to win the 2014 title. Wingate is also the only school to place multiple student-athletes on the preseason All-SAC Singles Team. WU’s Ali Evers and Becca Thomas earned selections to the team, joining Newberry’s Susana Aguirre, Carson-Newman’s Stefy Stand, Anderson’s Avery Owens and Catawba’s Liz Renteria - the 2013 SAC Co-Freshman of the Year.

The Brevard College’s women’s tennis team was ranked 11th in the SAC Women’s Tennis Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

2014 SAC Women’s Tennis Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Team                                    Points (1st-place votes)
1. Wingate                           116 (8)
2. Tusculum                         107 (4)
3. Anderson                          98
4. Newberry                         81
5. Queens                             79
6. Lincoln Memorial            78
7. Catawba                           69
8. Carson-Newman              46
9. Mars Hill                          41
10. Coker                             29
11. Brevard                          28
12. Lenoir-Rhyne                20
2014 SAC Women’s Tennis Preseason All-Conference Team
First Team Singles
Ali Evers, WU
Susana Aguirre, NEW
Becca Thomas, WU
Liz Renteria, CAT
Stefy Stand, C-N
Avery Owens, AU
First Team Doubles
Susana Aguirre/Romina Adum, NEW
Ali Evers/Becca Thomas, WU
Avery Owens/Karen Ching, AU
Second Team Singles
Morgan Winston, WU
Tatiana Dualiby, MHU
Michelle Prata, BC
Sloan Kessler, CAT
Christina Rustscheff, QU
Romina Adum, NEW
Second Team Doubles
Sloan Kessler/Liz Renteria, CAT
Amanda Sumner/Emily Waters, TC
Tatiana Dualiby/Anna Rickenbaker, MHU