May 23, 2006

FOUR W&L WOMEN'S TENNIS PLAYERS EARN ALL-AMERICA HONORS

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The NCAA Championship runner-up Washington and Lee women’s tennis team had four players earn All-America honors in 2006. Junior Emily Applegate (Charleston, S.C./Porter-Gaud) and freshman Katie Tabb (Minneapolis, Minn./Edina) garnered All-America accolades in both singles and doubles, while juniors Ginny Wortham (Richmond, Va./Collegiate) and Kristen McClung (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) notched All-America honors in doubles.

Applegate, who was named the ODAC Player of the Year after winning the ODAC Championship at No. 1 singles and No. 3 doubles with sophomore Rebecca Timmis (Peachtree City, Ga./McIntosh), earned All-America honors in singles for the first time in her career and second time in doubles. She became the second-ever General, joining Lindsay Hagerman '05, to win the NCAA Singles Championship after she defeated Amherst's Kristen Raverta, 6-3, 6-4, in the finals. Applegate, who was named the ITA Atlantic South Region Player to Watch as a sophomore, won the ITA Southeast Region Singles and Doubles Championship with McClung in fall. She finished the season with a 33-3 singles record and a 26-7 mark in doubles. Her 33 wins were the second-most in a season in W&L history.

Tabb, who claimed the ODAC Championship at No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles with Wortham, garnered All-America honors in singles by advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championship. She also earned All-America laurels in doubles by teaming with Wortham and advancing to the NCAA Doubles Championship semifinals. Tabb was also named the ITA Atlantic South Rookie of the Year and ended the season with a 25-8 singles record and a 28-7 mark in doubles.

Wortham, who captured the ODAC Championship at No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles, notched All-America honors for the third time in her career by partnering with Tabb and advancing to the NCAA Doubles Championship semifinals. She concluded the season with a 26-6 singles record and a 30-6 mark in doubles.

McClung earned All-America honors for the second time in her career after capturing the ITA Southeast Region Doubles Championship with Applegate in the fall. The duo also placed fourth in the Division III doubles draw at the 2005 ITA National Small College Championships. McClung finished the season with a 16-3 singles record and a 20-7 mark in doubles.

Washington and Lee finished the season with a school-record 28-1 record (10-0 ODAC) and a runner-up finish at the NCAA Division III National Championships for the second consecutive season and the third time in the last four years.

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