Boczova’s Athlete of the Year Honor Highlights Women’s Tennis All-SSC Awards

Boczova’s Athlete of the Year Honor Highlights Women’s Tennis All-SSC Awards

Melbourne, Fla. – Klaudia Boczova of the Lynn University women's tennis team was announced as the 2018 Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year on Friday, as voted on by the league's women's tennis coaches. In addition, she earns a spot on the All-SSC Singles First Team and All-SSC Doubles First Team alongside Eliska Petrackova, while Federica Mordegan was tabbed to the All-SSC Singles Second Team.

Boczova becomes the seventh student-athlete in Lynn women's tennis history to be tabbed the SSC Athlete of the Year and first since Valentine Confalonieri garnered the honor back-to-back in 2014 and 2015.

The senior from Nové Zámky, Slovakia, has been absolutely dominant on the courts from start to finish this season, heading into this weekend's NCAA Regionals with a 23-0 singles record at the No. 1 position and a 20-3 mark in doubles, also all at the No. 1 spot.

In singles, Boczova has taken down 10 nationally-ranked foes and did not lose a single set in solo play the entire season. Additionally, in 11 of her victories this year, Boczova surrendered one game or less to her opponent. She is currently ranked sixth in the nation in singles and was named the SSC Player of the Week five times, marking just the third-ever Fighting Knight to win an SSC weekly award five times in an academic year.

Boczova and Petrackova claim a spot on the All-SSC Doubles First Team after posting a 13-2 record as a pair at No. 1 doubles. The tandem first linked up nine matches into the year and then proceeded to win their first 13 doubles bouts together before dropping two in the SSC Tournament. They boast a 5-2 record against nationally-ranked opponents this season and currently hold the national No. 4 ranking themselves after spending a few weeks as the No. 1 duo in the nation.

Overall, Petrackova logged an 18-2 doubles mark throughout the season between the first and second flights.

Mordegan wraps up the Blue and White's plaudits with a selection to the All-SSC Singles Second Team. The freshman out of Vicenza, Italy was a consistent point scorer for Lynn at the two, three and four singles positions. She went 14-5 in solo play this season, including 4-1 at No. 2 singles, and logged a 7-3 mark in league competition.

The Lynn women's tennis program extends its streak to 11 consecutive years of having at least one first-team selection in both singles and doubles.

Saint Leo University's Marta Vicens Miquel has been voted Freshman of the Year for 2018. Vicens Miquel posted a 14-7 singles record for the Lions, which includes a 6-4 mark at #1 singles in SSC play. Along with teammate Andrada Gordan, Vicens Miquel recorded a 12-4 overall and a 5-2 SSC record in doubles competition. She becomes the second Saint Leo student-athlete to claim Freshman of the Year honors in women's tennis. The Port de Pollensa, Spain product is presently ranked No. 26 in the ITA's Division II Collegiate Rankings.

As voted on by his peers, Chad Berryhill of Saint Leo has been named the SSC Coach of the Year for 2018. In his second year at the helm, Berryhill becomes the first Saint Leo coach to win the award in women's tennis. Under his command, the Lions won eight more matches in 2018 than last season, finished third place in the SSC regular-season, won the third-place match in the conference tournament, and earned a bid into the NCAA Division II South Region tournament. After finishing 2017 as the No. 33 team in the ITA Collegiate Rankings, the Lions have improved 25 positions to their current No. 8 ranking.

Sonja Larsen of Barry is the only All-SSC athlete to repeat as First Team from 2017; she collected the honors for both her singles and doubles play last season. Saint Leo's Kristyna Jurkova and Florida Tech's Alahna Reto move up to the First Team from Second Team accolades a year ago. Boczova was All-SSC First Team in 2016 while at Nova Southeastern, while Larsen also earned First Team honors in 2015. The future bodes well for SSC women's tennis, as nine of the 18 All-SSC honorees are underclassmen.

View the conference release with all of the selections HERE.