Suns Put Three on All-GSC Tennis Team

Saki Matsuoka, Brittany Turner and Jessica James are Arkansas Tech’s representatives on the 2010 All-Gulf South Conference West Division tennis team, which was announced by the league office in Birmingham, Ala., on Wednesday.

Matsuoka is a junior from Saitama, Japan. This is the third consecutive year in which Matsuoka has earned a spot on the All-GSC West Division team.

Matsuoka joins Whitney Simmons, who was All-GSC West every year from 2007-09, and Carin Pinion, who earned three consecutive All-Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference honors from 1993-95, as the only three-time all-conference women’s tennis players in Arkansas Tech history.

This is the first all-conference honor for both James, a junior from Lead Hill, and Turner, a sophomore from Pearcy. James and Turner were the only native Arkansans to earn a spot on the 2010 All-GSC West Division tennis team.

Matsuoka, Turner and James helped the Golden Suns make their third consecutive appearance in the GSC Tennis Tournament in 2010.

Arkansas Tech was 10-6 overall and 4-2 in league play this season. The Suns posted their best-ever record in GSC matches, and it was Tech’s best conference record in tennis since the 1995 Golden Suns went 11-1 in AIC play.

Matsuoka (photographed, top right) was 14-5 in singles play and 13-8 in doubles action in 2010.

Turner (photographed, middle right) was 9-8 in singles and 12-8 in doubles.

James (photographed, bottom right) had a singles record of 10-7 and a doubles record of 10-10 this year.

The Arkansas Tech tennis program is under the direction of head coach Abby Davis, who has led the Golden Suns to 38 match victories in the last three years.