May 14, 2014
FRESNO, Calif. --- The Fresno State women's tennis team celebrated this year's achievements and its 2014 Mountain West Championship with a team banquet on Tuesday evening at Sierra Sport and Racquet Club.
The Bulldogs finished the season in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on May 9 with a 16-9 overall, record having won 14 of their last 16 matches played. Under second year head coach Ryan Stotland, Fresno State recorded an undefeated 7-0 home record at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center this year and put up a perfect 5-0 record in MW play.
Stotland, the 2014 MW Women's Tennis Coach of the Year, presented seven awards on Tuesday evening to individuals which included Most Singles Wins, Most Doubles Wins, Longest Win Streak, Most Improved Player, MVP (Most Valuable Person), Bulldog Spirit Award and a team Genius Award.
Sophie Watts led the squad garnishing three awards on the night. The sophomore from Hitchin, England was named MVP (Most Valuable Person) for her hard work and dedication on and off the court in 2014 and was also presented the Most Singles and Double Wins awards. She recorded a team-best 25 singles wins and 26 doubles wins throughout the year.
Teammate and twin sister Anneka Watts matched Sophie's 25 singles wins and was also awarded with the Most Singles Wins honor as well as the team's Genius Award for having the highest GPA on the squad as a biology major.
Newcomer Sofya Malysheva was given the Longest Win Streak award for ending the season with 11-straight wins in doubles play. Malysheva paired with Aishwarya Agrawal seven times and Rana Sherif Ahmed twice to record a team-high 11-straight wins from March 9 to April 26 at the No. 2 doubles slate.
Coming off a season-ending injury last year, redshirt junior Tanya Murtagh came out strong in 2014 and was named the teams Most Improved Player. She concluded the season with two huge singles wins over Nevada and San Jose State, which helped the Bulldogs finish undefeated in conference action. She also recorded five doubles wins in dual play and helped clinch the doubles point with a win at No. 3 in the MW championship match against New Mexico.
To wrap up the night, the team's sole freshman, Claire Yang garnished the Bulldog Spirit Award for all of her continued support and encouragement on and off the court. Yang finished the year with three singles wins in dual play, which was highlighted by a match-clinching victory over No. 63 Santa Clara on Feb. 21.
2014 Team Award Recipients
MVP (Most Valuable Person)- Sophie Watts
Most Improved Player- Tanya Murtagh
Genius Award- Anneka Watts
Bulldog Spirit Award- Claire Yang
Most Singles Wins- Anneka Watts (25) and Sophie Watts (25)
Most Doubles Wins- Sophie Watts (26)
Longest Win Streak- Sofya Malysheva (11)
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