NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Sophomore Anna Abadias Morales, freshman Brittany Boys and senior Elizabeth Sims of the Richmond women’s tennis team garnered Atlantic 10 All-Conference honors, as announced by the league office Monday.
This is the second-straight year Abadias Morales earned all-conference honors. As a freshman, the Matadepera, Spain native was placed on the All-Conference second team a year ago. Abadias Morales posted an 8-10 spring record, playing at Richmond’s No. 1 singles spot. She also led the Spiders at No. 1 doubles with partner Melissa Kandinata with the duo holding a 10-8 mark this spring.
“We asked Anna to step up to the top position for us this year and she responded,” commented Richmond head coach Mark Wesselink. “She played the best tennis yet and to have a sophomore on the team at the No. 1 spot is huge. I expect that she will continue improving – her work ethic is exceptional. I couldn’t be happier with Anna’s performance this year.”
Playing a court down from Abadias Morales, Boys held a 9-12 spring singles record to be placed on the All-Conference second team as a freshman. Paired up with Kayta Salas, the duo held a 9-9 doubles record and helped the Spiders clinch the doubles point against La Salle in the quarterfinals of the A-10 Championship.
“As a freshman, Brittany started off fast,” added Wesselink. “She is a talent that is developing every day of the year. She has worked very hard and is a huge addition to our program. To get her game to a level that she gets Second Team All-Conference in her freshman year is tremendous. We are thrilled for her.”
Sims wraps up her Richmond career as a three-time A-10 All-Academic honoree. The senior posted an 8-11 singles spring record, while holding a 12-12 doubles record this season with partner Denny Lamachia. Sims picked up quality wins over JMU, East Carolina, George Mason and Charleston this spring.
“Elizabeth has had an amazing four years for us. She was a great senior leader for us this year and she has always been at the top of her class academically. On and off the court, she is just an exceptional person. For her to get this academic award I am sure is very deserved and her leadership this year was just invaluable,” concluded Wesselink.
Richmond completed the 2013-14 season with a 9-13 record, 2-2 in the conference and a trip to the quarterfinals of the A-10 Championship.