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Tech Takes Tennis Player and Coach of the Year

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Arkansas Tech University swept the 2012 Great American Conference awards for player of the year, freshman of the year and coach of the year in women's tennis.

MarielĀ Alvarez was named the inaugural GAC women's tennis player of the year. She was 17-5 in singles matches this season, including a 6-0 mark in GAC singles play. She is a senior from La Paz, Mexico.

Aida Castany collected the GAC women's tennis freshman of the year honor. She is from Barcelona, Spain. Castany was 17-5 in singles matches in 2012.

Abby Davis earned the first-ever GAC women's tennis coach of the year award.

She led the Golden Suns to the 2012 regular season and postseason GAC championships. It was Arkansas Tech's first conference title in women's tennis since 1995. The Suns tied the school record for wins in a season (17).

Alvarez was joined on the 2012 All-GAC first team by Arkansas Tech teammates Akanesi Fa and Maria Aleman. Arkansas Tech's Rachel Stevens was selected to the All-GSC second team.

Fa is a senior from Suva, Fiji. She was 12-9 in singles play, and she teamed up with Alvarez to win 18 doubles matches.

Aleman is a junior from San Cristobal, Venezuela. She was 16-6 in singles matches, including an unblemished 6-0 mark in GAC play.

Stevens is a senior from North Richland Hills, Texas. She won her final nine singles matches of the year to finish 17-4. Stevens teamed with Aleman to go 17-4 in doubles matches.

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