W&L's Meighan Named ODAC Women's Tennis Player of the Year

W&L's Meighan Named ODAC Women's Tennis Player of the Year

FOREST, Va. – Washington and Lee first-year Sonja Meighan (McLean, Va./Flint Hill) was honored as the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Rookie and Player of the Year as the league announced its all-conference awards on Wednesday.

W&L Head Coach Eric Ishida was cited as the ODAC Coach of the Year, while Bridgewater sophomore Katy Bergey was selected as the ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.  Sweet Briar received the team sportsmanship award.

Meighan headlined nine W&L players on the first team for singles and doubles.  She was joined on the first team for singles by senior Lauren Lukas (Manitowoc, Wis./Lincoln), first-year Patricia Kirkland (Charleston, S.C./Ashley Hall), senior Jen Snyder (Highland Heights, Ohio/Gilmour Academy), first-year Allison Hupalo (Weston, Mass./Weston), junior Sallie Griffin (Warrenton, Va./Highland School).  Additionally, senior Trelsie Sadler (Wakefield, R.I./Groton School), sophomore Cameron Dorsey (Pepper Pike, Ohio/Hathaway Brown) and first-year Meghan Buell (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) were honored for doubles play.

Ishida was recognized as the league's coach of the year for the fifth time after leading the Generals to their 10th straight conference title.  He is 106-25 overall and 50-0 in conference play over his five seasons with the Generals.

Meighan was a first team honoree at No. 1 singles and No. 3 doubles.  The second-ranked singles player in the Atlantic South Region, she has posted a 19-5 overall record.  She is 16-5 while teaming with Buell.  Meighan is the first women's tennis player in conference history to be named the Rookie and Player of the Year in the same season.

Lukas received first team accolades at No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles, her third straight season with all-conference honors.  She has posted a 10-11 singles record and a 13-9 doubles mark this season.  Lukas is ranked eighth in the Atlantic South Region in singles and she and Snyder comprise the eighth-ranked doubles team in the region.

Kirkland was a first team selection at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles after notching a 15-4 singles record and a 16-5 doubles mark while teaming with Dorsey.  She is ranked 18th in the region for singles play.

Snyder was a first team honoree in singles for the fourth straight year.  She has notched a 7-10 mark at No. 4 singles and is 9-6 in doubles play this season.  Snyder is the 16th-ranked singles player in the region.

Hupalo received first team laurels at No. 5 singles and has notched a 16-4 record.  She is also 7-1 while playing doubles.

Griffin notched first team all-conference accolades in singles for the second straight year.  She has notched a 12-5 mark at No. 6 singles and is 6-1 in doubles action.

Sadler earned all-conference honors for a third time after receiving first team recognition at No. 1 doubles.  She is 13-10 in doubles action and has recorded a 9-9 singles record.

Dorsey teamed with Kirkland for first team honors at No. 2 doubles.  She is 17-1 thus far in doubles play and is 4-0 in singles action.

Buell was a first team selection at No. 3 doubles while playing with Meighan.  She is 19-4 overall in doubles and 10-3 in singles.

Washington and Lee is 19-5 overall and finished with a perfect 10-0 record in conference play.  The fifth-ranked Generals won their 22nd ODAC title and are awaiting their draw for the 2012 NCAA Division III Tournament.