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Hall Leads Four Women's Tennis USA South Honorees

Hall Leads Four Women's Tennis USA South Honorees

Related: USA South Release

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Covenant women's tennis senior Aly Hall earned a third straight All-USA South first team selection, while senior Annie DeLuca was a first team All-West Division honoree and sophomore Esther Eddy a second team All-West Division choice as the USA South unveiled its season awards on Thursday.

Morgan McCain was Covenant's representative on the All-Sportsmanship team.

All awards are voted on by the women's tennis coach at each institution. The divisional team voting is completed only by those coaches in the particular division. The all-conference and individual award voting is completed by all coaches.

Hall, a senior from Orlando, Fla., was both a first team All-Conference and first team All-West Division honoree for a second straight year. She has also earned All-USA South first team honors in each of her three seasons at Covenant. This year, Hall has again put up impressive numbers while playing at No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles for most of the year. Hall is 13-2 overall in singles play, including a 5-0 mark against the USA South. In doubles, Hall has amassed an 11-4 mark, with 10 of those victories coming with partner Jennie Spielman at the No. 2 spot.

Hall is currently the program's career leader in winning percentage in singles play at .778 (35-10) and has the fourth-most singles wins for a career. 

DeLuca, a senior from Alpharetta, Ga., earns a fourth straight All-Conference award, but her first All-West Division first team accolade. Playing at the No. 2 spot in singles and No. 1 in doubles for the majority of the year, DeLuca has produced a career-high 13 singles wins to go with 12 doubles victories. DeLuca and Eddy have teamed up for the No. 1 doubles team and are 11-5 for the year, including a 5-1 record in USA South matches. 

DeLuca was named USA South Player of the Week on Monday, the second time in her career that she has earned the award. DeLuca is second all-time in program history in dual match singles wins with 42 and she is tied for third with 45 doubles victories.

Eddy, a sophomore from Jacksonville, Fla., collects her first All-USA South honor with a second team All-West Division selection. The sophomore has been key to Covenant's success throughout the year with her play at No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles. In singles, Eddy has tallied 10 wins, a second straight year with double-digit win totals, with a 4-2 record against USA South foes. Playing at No. 1 doubles with DeLuca has netted 11 wins and a 5-1 conference record.

A sophomore from Orlando, Fla., McCain was Covenant's representative on the All-Sportsmanship team. McCain has totaled six singles victories for the year, five of those coming at the No. 5 singles spot. She has also recorded six doubles wins, three of which have come with partner Masha Lanska.

Heidi Sarkkinen of Averett collected USA South Player of the Year honors for a third straight year. Piedmont's Caroline Connelly was named the Rookie of the Year, while head coach Shane Wood was voted Coach of the Year.

Covenant (9-8, 4-2 USA South) opens the USA South Tournament on Friday at 10 a.m. against East No. 2 seed North Carolina Wesleyan in LaGrange, Ga.


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