April 30, 2014

Raulston Gains Third CAC POY as Eagles Dominate All-CAC Women's Tennis Teams

 YORK, Pa. - Mary Washington senior Lindsay Raulston became the second player in conference history to win the CAC Women’s Tennis Player of the Year award three consecutive years and led an Eagles’ sweep of first team all-star nods in both singles and doubles.

        Raulston, who was the CAC Rookie of the Year in 2011 prior to winning the Player of the Year award in 2012 and 2013, also picked up her fourth-straight first-team all-star singles and doubles awards after leading the Eagles to their 11th-straight championship and 22nd title in the 24-year history of CAC women’s tennis.

        Six teammates joined Raulston on the 2014 All-CAC squad, including sophomore Shelby Harris (2nd singles, 1st doubles), sophomore Mackenzie Smith (3rd singles, 3rd doubles), junior Alexandra Ritter (4th singles, 2nd doubles), sophomore Chrissy Gaul (5th singles), sophomore Berri Flood (6th singles), sophomore Alina Sumaya (2nd doubles) and freshman Ashley Barrow (3rd doubles).

        Ritter, the 2012 Rookie of the Year, is making her third-straight All-CAC team appearance.  Harris, Gaul and Smith were all named first-team all-stars for the second-straight season.

        Patrick Catullo, the archetict of the UMW program that is perennially nationally-ranked, was selected by his peers as the Dr. Edward Hegmann CAC Coach of the Year award winner.  It is the ninth-straight year Catullo was honored by his peers.  He is one of three Eagle coaches to be honored by the CAC coaches, along with Hegmann (eight times from 1991 to 1999) and Cindy Vander Berg (three times from 2000 to 2004).

        The award was named by the CAC Board of Directors to honor former UMW women’s tennis coach and retiring Athletic Director Dr. Edward Hegmann, who won eight CAC Coach of the Year awards and led the Eagles to three national championships and nine straight CAC championships after the league was formed in 1990 through his retirement as coach in 1999. He was named the NCAA Div. III National Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1999 and recently had the outdoor courts at the UMW Tennis Complex named in his honor.

        Six Salisbury players were named to the 2014 All-CAC Women’s Tennis squad, including sophomore Natalie Savage and juniors Allison Lutz and Katie Youlios as first-team honorees. 

        Savage, the CAC Rookie of the Year in 2013, earned first-team honors with Raulston at No. 1 singles and second-team doubles recognition.  Lutz and Youlios were picked as first-team all-stars at No. 2 doubles, and both were second-team singles all-star choices.

        Sea Gull juniors Roxy Alban (2nd singles, 1st doubles), Sam Babo (3rd doubles) and freshman Claudia Lohn (3rd doubles) also earned berths on the 2014 All-CAC squad.

        Christopher Newport had four players honored on the All-CAC team, led by freshman Logan Eldridge, who was picked by the coaches as a second-team all-star at No. 2 singles and 2014 Rookie of the Year.   Eldridge is the first player to be selected as the CAC Women’s Tennis Rookie of the Year for CNU, which is in its first year as a member of the CAC.

        She was joined on the second-team singles squad by classmates Katie Carlson (3rd singles), Brook Boyd (6th singles) and senior Kelsey Clark (5th singles).

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2014 All-CAC Women’s Tennis Team

SINGLES
First Team       Yr.     Pos     Team    Hometown/High School    Previous Singles Honors
Lindsay Raulston        Sr.     1st     Mary Washington Franklin, Va./Southampton Acad. 1st & POY in ‘13,
                                        1st & POY in ‘12,
                                        1st & ROY in ‘11
Natalie Savage  So.     1st     Salisbury       Port Murray, N.J./Warren Hills  2nd & ROY in ‘13
Shelby Harris   So.     2nd     Mary Washington Newport News, Va./Hampton Roads Acad.   1st in ‘13
Mackenzie Smith So.     3rd     Mary Washington Landisville, Pa./Hempfield
Alexandra Ritter        So.     4th     Mary Washington Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial      2nd in ‘13, 1st and ROY in ‘12
Chrissy Gaul    So.     5th     Mary Washington Newtown, Pa./Council Rock       1st in ‘13
Berri Flood     So.     6th     Mary Washington Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day


Second Team      Yr.     Pos     Team    Hometown/High School    Previous Singles Honors
Roxy Alban      Jr.     2nd     Salisbury       Annapolis, Md./Annapolis        2nd in ‘13, 1st in ‘12
Logan Eldridge  Fr.     2nd     Christopher Newport     Richmond, Va./Deep Run
Katie Carlson   Fr.     3rd     Christopher Newport     Omaha, Neb./Ducheshe Acad. Sacred Heart
Allison Lutz    Jr.     4th     Salisbury       Salisbury, Md./Parkside
Kelsey Clark    Sr.     5th     Christopher Newport     Arlington, Va./Washington-Lee
Brook Byrd      Fr.     6th     Christopher Newport     Toano, Va./Warhill



DOUBLES
First Team       Yr.     Pos     Team    Hometown/High School    Previous Doubles Honors
Lindsay Raulston        Sr.     1st     Mary Washington Franklin, Va./Southampton Acad. 1st & POY in ‘13,
                                        1st & POY in ‘12,
                                        1st & ROY in ‘11
Shelby Harris   So.     1st     Mary Washington Newport News, Va./Hampton Roads Acad.   1st in ‘13
Alexandra Ritter        So.     2nd     Mary Washington Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial      2nd in ‘13, 1st and ROY in ‘12
Alina Sumaya    So.     2nd     Mary Washington Oakton, Va./Oakton
Allison Lutz    Jr.     2nd     Salisbury       Salisbury, Md./Parkside 2nd in ‘12
Katie Youlios   Jr.     2nd     Salisbury       Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills 2nd in ‘13, 2nd in ‘12
Ashley Barrow   Fr.     3rd     Mary Washington Alexandria, Va./Mount Vernon
Mackenzie Smith So.     3rd     Mary Washington Landisville, Pa./Hempfield      1st in ‘13


Second Team      Yr.     Pos     Team    Hometown/High School    Previous Doubles Honors
Roxy Alban      Jr.     1st     Salisbury       Annapolis, Md./Annapolis        2nd in ‘13, 2nd in ‘12
Natalie Savage  So.     1st     Salisbury       Port Murray, N.J./Warren Hills  2nd & ROY in ‘13
Sam Babo        Jr.     3rd     Salisbury       Bricktown, N.J./Brick Memorial
Claudia Lohn    Fr.     3rd     Salisbury       Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand


2014 CAC Player of the Year:                            Lindsay Raulston, Mary Washington (third-straight year)
2014 CAC Rookie of the Year:                            Logan Eldridge, Christopher Newport
2014 Dr. Edward Hegmann CAC Coach of the Year:  Patrick Catullo, Mary Washington (9th-straight year - 2006-13)