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Spider Trio Earns All-Conference Honors
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 05/11/2017
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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The University of Richmond women's tennis team boasted a talented group of newcomers this season, and the head coaches of the Atlantic 10 Conference took notice.

Kiana Marshall, Lea Owens and Dessislava Zlateva were all named to the All-Atlantic 10 Second Team after impressive rookie campaigns in 2017.

Marshall dominated play at the end of the season, playing at Nos. 3 and 4 singles and moving up to the No. 1 doubles spot. The Barbados native went 22-12 in singles play and 17-8 in doubles after going undefeated in singles at the 2017 Atlantic 10 Championships. She ended the season with nine-straight singles wins, including victories over opponents from VCU and Davidson. She was named the A-10 Rookie of the Week on April 4 after logging three-straight wins against Saint Joseph's, Villanova and Hampton.

Owens played the majority of the season at No. 2 singles, while also playing doubles the entire year. The Olney, Md., native had a standout rookie campaign, collecting wins over opponents from George Washington, Duquesne, Navy and James Madison. She finished the year with a 1-1 mark in singles and 2-0 in doubles at the A-10 Championships, and earned A-10 Rookie of the Week honors on April 11 after going undefeated in both singles and doubles for the week.

Zlateva took on a great deal of responsibility in her first season, jumping in to the No. 1 singles spot early in the year. The Bulgaria product went 12-14 in singles play, facing each team's toughest opponent, and logged key wins over Navy, UNCG and George Washington. The rookie nearly took down VCU's top player at the A-10 Championships, and went 1-1 in doubles play, helping the Spiders take the doubles point against the Rams.

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