"Sometimes you're lucky to get only one, but this group has managed to put three in a row together. It's a great testament to what hard work and a belief in what team effort will do."
It's a Three-Peat!
National Champs- 2008, 2009, 2010!
The Lady Pirates have done it again. For the third straight year, the AASU women’s tennis squad has brought home the NCAA Division II National Championship. The Pirates finished off Brigham Young University-Hawaii in singles play 5-1 to bring home the national trophy. For senior Gabriella Kovacs, who clinched the victory against BYU’s Shawni Porter, the accomplishment was a repeat from last year’s championship. It was Kovacs who one year ago sealed the championship for AASU in a victory against Lynn University.
The Pirates join an exclusive club of champions to ever win three consecutive NCAA Division II national women’s tennis titles. They include Chattanooga University (1983-85), Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (1986-89) and Saturday's opponent, BYU-Hawaii (2002-04). The title is also the sixth in the history of AASU women's tennis, second-most in NCAA DII history.
“Sometimes national championships have straddled generations,” said AASU head coach Simon Earnshaw. "Sometimes you're lucky to get only one, but this group has managed to put three in a row together. It's a great testament to what hard work and a belief in what team effort will do."
For the Lady Pirates the title is also the sixth in the history of AASU’s women’s tennis—second most in NCAA DII history. In addition, the 33 wins this season for the Lady Pirates sets a new school record, eclipsing the 32 wins by the 2008 team, and during the three-year National Championship run, coach Earnshaw's Lady Pirates record is a stellar 93-2.
"It's amazing when you look back now, even from 2003, how we've been able to put this together," Earnshaw said. "The three national titles are a culmination, really, of the last seven years where we have only had five losses - if you keep up that level of success, the championships will come."
The Lady Pirates are Martina Beckmann, Kathleen Henry, Alisa Kagukina, Gabriella Kovacs, Alida Muller-Wehlau, Sona Novakova and Tina Ronel. The Lady Pirates Assistant Coach is David Secker.
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