For Immediate Release – 5/9/17 - #325
Women's Tennis Caps Record-Season with Record-Selections on All-ODAC Teams
FOREST, VA – On Tuesday, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference released its 2017 Women's Tennis All-Conference teams. As of no surprise, the Randolph College women's tennis team saw three different players be selected over four spots on the teams. Keyu Jin and Ashley Schmitz earned second-team honors on the singles side, while Jin and her doubles teammate Aubrey Hawn were selected to the first-team.
Jin put together a very impressive first season at number one singles. Throughout the entire year, she fell only four times during dual matches, with two of those losses coming in three sets. The other two losses came against the second- and 25th-ranked players in the region. She dominated the rest of her opponents on the year, going to three sets during only one win, and finishing with 12 wins in dual matches.
Schmitz earned herself a spot on the second-team after being one of the best at number four during the season. In the entire year, including the WildCat Fall Invitational, Schmitz dropped only one match, and it was to a player who was First-Team All-ODAC at the number three spot. To add to that, only one of those wins needed three sets, and only one other match featured a tiebreak in any of her sets. After that early season loss, she won 13-straight and would have had 14 if not for a match ending due to weather. Schmitz added five sweeps in her 14 total dual wins.
Jin and Hawn round out the selections at number one doubles. Much like Schmitz, they have been especially dominant since that early season loss to the second-ranked team in the region. The first-year pair put together 15-straight wins after that match, including taking down a team in a tiebreak that was ranked in the region at the time. Jin and Hawn also won twice in the ODAC tournament, taking two tough decisions. Their 10-1 record in the ODAC (16-1 overall) was the best in the conference at number one.
The four selections were the most ever for the Randolph College women's tennis team in this current format. In 1983, when the team won the ODAC title under the previous format, four singles players and two doubles pairings were honored as ODAC champions. The team also ended the season with the most ODAC wins (nine) and overall wins (13) in program history.