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Strickland and McCall Receive Postseason Honors from SoCon

Freshmen Lauren McCall (pictured) and Jordan Strickland were nearly perfect in conference play together going 5-1 in doubles action
April 19, 2017

CULLOWHEE, N.C. - For the first time in program history, the Western Carolina women's tennis team had a doubles team honored with a year-end award. Freshmen Jordan Strickland and Lauren McCall were named Second Team All-Southern Conference at No. 2 doubles the conference office announced Wednesday (April 19) morning. The pair is the first WCU doubles team to earn all-conference since the SoCon began giving out the award in 1993. Strickland was also named to the SoCon All-Freshman team joining teammate Savannah Taranto, who earned the distinction last season, and former Catamount great Stacia Kissell, who was named all-freshman in 2013, as the only three all-freshman honorees in program history. Strickland also brought home the Sportsmanship Award which she shared with Catherine Martin of Wofford. Strickland is the first Catamount to win the Sportsmanship Award since Suzanna Sjokvist in 2007.

"To be recognized by the conference is a great honor and I couldn't be more proud of the girls for earning that honor this season," said head coach Michaela Kissell-Eddins. "I think all three of our freshmen had great seasons in their college debuts and it is nice that the SoCon has recognized some of their greatest achievements."

Strickland and McCall teamed up to go 10-3 in doubles action for the Catamounts including a 5-1 record in Southern Conference play this season. Individually, Strickland and McCall each won 17 doubles matches throughout the season breaking the previous WCU single season mark of 13 held by former Catamount Shannon Bettiol.



"Jordan (Strickland) and Lauren (McCall) had an unbelievable run in conference doubles this year together and I'm so glad for them to have earned this award," continued Kissell-Eddins. "They are best of friends off the court as well and for them to achieve this award together is something I know neither of them will ever forget."

Strickland had a strong freshman singles campaign as well for WCU including ending the regular season playing the final 12 matches at No. 1 for the Catamounts. Overall, she finished with a 13-12 mark in singles play including 8-3 at No. 2.

"For Jordan (Strickland) to be playing number one her freshman season and competing with the best girls in our conference the way she did earned her another award with a spot on the all-freshman team," mentioned Kissell-Eddins. "On top of that she was acknowledged for her sportsmanship, which is something I couldn't be any prouder of her for. It really shows the type of person she is and highlights our overall team priorities of being a nice person on top of being a great athlete. She has worked very hard for us this season and I know she believes her best tennis is still in front of her. I can't wait to see what the future has in store for all our girls and hopefully many more SoCon awards are in this team's future."

Strickland, McCall and the rest of the Catamounts will be back in action at the 2017 Southern Conference Championship against top seed Furman on Friday, April 21 at 8:30 am.

2017 SoCon Women's Tennis Postseason Awards

First Team
Marina Guinart Espana, ETSU
Ioanna Markesini, ETSU
Ansley Speaks, Furman
Danni Vines, Furman
Katia Stavroulaki, Mercer
Ellie Gerlach, Samford

Marina Guinart Espana/Ioanna Markesini, ETSU
Ansley Speaks/Aryn Greene, Furman
Danni Vines/Katarina Weymouth, Furman

Second Team
Singles (by position)
No. 1 -- Samantha Caswell, Chattanooga
No. 2 -- Katarina Weymouth, Furman
No. 3 -- Alory Pereira, ETSU
No. 4 -- Katarina Kozarov, Furman
No. 5 -- Haley Powell, Mercer
No. 6 -- Annika Hepp, Samford

Doubles (by position)
No. 1 -- Samantha Caswell/Rachele Gazzola, Chattanooga
No. 2 -- Lauren McCall/Jordan Strickland, Western Carolina
No. 3 -- Katarina Kozarov/Blair Martin, Furman

Yi Chi Ma, ETSU
Danni Vines, Furman
Katarina Kozarov, Furman
Sophia Adams, UNCG
Elsa Pool, Samford
Jordan Strickland, Western Carolina

Player of the Year
Ansley Speaks, Furman

Freshman of the Year
Danni Vines, Furman

Co-Sportsmanship Award
Jordan Strickland, Western Carolina
Catherine Martin, Wofford

Coach of the Year
Adam Herendeen, Furman