May 15, 2012
SKILLMAN, N.J. – Baylor’s women’s tennis team claimed three Texas Region awards handed out by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, ITA officials announced on Tuesday.
Baylor’s Alison Ojeda was named the region’s Assistant Coach of the Year, while senior Sona Novakova earned the Arthur Ashe Courage and Leadership award and Diana Nakic was named the region’s Senior of the Year.
Ojeda, in her second year as a Baylor assistant, has been instrumental in the overall success of the program. Since her arrival, Baylor has totaled a 54-11 overall record, including a 17-3 mark in Big 12 play. A former All-American in her playing days at Tennessee, Ojeda has helped oversee the development of three ranked singles players and two ranked doubles pairs this season.
Novakova became Baylor’s sixth-ever recipient of the Arthur Ashe Courage and Leadership award, and first since Zuzana Zemenova received the honor in 2007. Novakova is tied for the team lead in winning percentage this season at .867 with her 26-4 mark, and also earned all-Big 12 honors in singles this season. A part of the Baylor Leadership Academy for student-athletes, Novakova has helped show leadership on and off the court.
Nakic became the fourth Baylor winner of the Senior of the Year award and third in the past five seasons. The Baylor senior leads the team with 32 singles wins and 19 doubles wins, and earned all-Big 12 honors in singles this season.
Baylor will be back in action this week, taking on No. 5 USC in the NCAA Round of 16 on Thursday. The Lady Bears and USC will meet at 11 a.m. CT, at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.