Taylor Named ODAC Tennis Rookie, Player of the Year

| April 30, 2011


Several Vixens were among those receiving the Old Dominion Athletic Conference’s highest honors when its all-conference tennis awards were announced on April 29.

First-year player Ariel Taylor of Springfield was named both Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year. Taylor also was named to the ODAC first team at No. 1 singles. At the first singles position, Taylor went 16-0 for the season, 9-0 in the conference.

Teammate and doubles partner Moriah Burke ’13 of Rockville, Md., received first team No. 2 singles honors. Burke went 9-1 overall and 5-1 in conference play.

In doubles, Burke and Taylor were named to the second team at No. 1 doubles. Their record for the season was 9-2 overall and 4-2 in the conference.

Team captain Krista Maldonado ’12 of Ennis, Texas, received an honorable mention for her versatility in the Vixen lineup. Maldonado predominantly played the third singles position, but stepped up to play in the first and second spots for some dual matches. Maldonado went 5-5 overall and 4-4 in the conference.

“I am extremely proud of the accomplishments that this team has made,” said Teresa Boylan, Sweet Briar’s tennis coach. “Each player made the necessary adjustments for the team’s success. That effort got us into the region’s top 20 in the [Intercollegiate Tennis Association] Atlantic South.

“The individual efforts of the players recognized here by the ODAC conference are well deserved. [Taylor, Burke and Maldonado] have led the way for the team and I am happy for their individual progress and success. They are terrific young ladies and have a lot of fun while working hard — we’re already looking forward to what next year has to offer.”

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