Two UTM netters on All-OVC team
Posted: Friday, February 11, 2011 3:32 pm
MARTIN, Tenn. – Sophomore Anna Winkelmann and junior Jodie Tiley, both members of The University of Tennessee at Martin tennis team, were recognized by the league’s coaches Friday as two of the top-10 returning players the Ohio Valley Conference has to offer in 2011.
Winkelmann, from Rhede, Germany, wasted no time becoming one of the OVC’s best players in 2010. As a freshman, she racked up all-OVC first team honors, going 13-1 in singles action with an 8-1 OVC mark – ending the season on a seven-match win streak. She also put together an 8-1 OVC record in doubles, going 10-4 overall with fellow freshman Anna Marie Herbold as her primary partner. She was selected as the OVC’s seventh-best returnee in 2011.
Tiley, the 2009 OVC Freshman of the Year, avoided the dreaded “sophomore slump” in 2010. The Cambridge, England native assembled a 6-10 record in singles, playing 13 of those matches against stiff competition at No. 1. In doubles play, she teamed with Alice Laing and Johanie Van Zyl to go 9-8 with a 6-3 record in the league. The OVC head coaches chose Tiley as the 10th-best returning player this season.
“I am pleased to have two of our players ranked in the top 10, but I am a little confused about their order,” UT Martin head coach Dennis Taylor said. “Jodie is definably our best player and No. 1 player last year but she is listed below Anna Winkelmann who played at No. 3 last year and will probably do so again this year. Regardless we are excited to have two players ranked so high.”
UT Martin, which finished last season with a 10-7 overall record and a third-place finish in the league (6-3), was predicted to finish fifth in this year’s preseason polls.
In 2010, the Skyhawks also reached double-figure victories for the 14th time in 18 years since joining the Division I ranks in 1993 and finished with a record of .500 or better in conference play for the 17th time in the 18 years they have been members of the conference.
“We have a very young team so we are honored that the other coaches felt we could finish in the top five,” Taylor said. “The OVC is getting tougher and tougher every year in tennis. We are definitely in for some hard battles this year.”