Duong, Dodd Headline All-SCAC Honorees

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Austin College freshman Melody Duong has been named the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year, and head coach Ryan Dodd has been named the Coach of the Year for the second straight season as the SCAC has announced its women’s tennis all-conference selections for 2018.

Duong was also named first team All-SCAC, along with Diana Carvajalino, while Anna Sergiovanni and Grace Ortiz were both honorable mention selections.

Duong, a native of League City, is currently the No. 20 player in the West Region by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association after posting a 10-6 singles record, including eight victories at line one. She also teamed with Ortiz to form the No. 13 doubles team in the West Region.

Carvajalino, a sophomore from Hurst, is the No. 25 player in the West Region in singles competition. This season she posted a 14-5 record, including an 8-3 mark at line two singles, while also pairing with Sergiovanni to earn seven doubles victories. Five of those wins came at line one.

Sergiovanni, a sophomore from Richardson, led Austin College with 15 singles victories, including an 11-2 mark at line three. She was also 3-0 at line two, and during the season defeated two first team All-SCAC selections in head-to-head competition.

Ortiz, a senior from Manchaca, was named all-conference for the fourth straight season after earning eight singles victories, including two at line three and a 3-0 mark at line six. Along with Duong, she formed one of the best doubles teams in the region, earning 13 victories, with six coming at line one and six coming at line two.

After earning Co-Coach of the Year honors last season, Dodd won the award outright this year after guiding the ‘Roos to their second consecutive third-place finish at the SCAC Tournament, as well as a No. 12 ranking in the West Region. The ‘Roos finished with an overall record of 13-8.

On the men’s side, Kenneth Hardy and Andres Padilla were named first team All-SCAC, and Josh Granberry and Erik Meendsen were honorable mention selections in voting by the conference head coaches.

Hardy, a junior from Lubbock, posted seven victories in singles competition, including four victories playing line one. His other three singles wins came at line two. Hardy also had six doubles wins on the year, all coming at line one.

Padilla, a freshman from League City, led the ‘Roos with 13 singles victories on the year. Padilla ended the season with a record of 13-8 in singles play, including four wins at line three and two at line two. He also had nine doubles wins this season, coming primarily at lines two and three.

Granberry, a junior from Plano, earned five wins in singles competition, with three of those victories coming at line two. He also had three line one doubles wins, and four line two doubles victories.

Meendsen, a senior from Aledo, had seven singles victories this season, including going 1-0 at both line two and line three. He also paired with multiple teammates to earn 10 victories in doubles competition, mostly coming at line two.