April 29, 2008
Irivine, Calif. -
Seniors Marta Simic and Charlotte Scatliffe were named to the All-Big West Conference First Team Doubles, while freshman Jill Damion earned a spot on the Second Team Singles squad. Simic was also selected for First Team singles. Last year, Simic earned All-Big West Second Team honors, as well as Second Team Doubles with partner Scatliffe.
Simic, a Belgrade, Serbia native, played every single match at the No. 1 slot for the Gauchos this season, compiling a 10-13 record overall. Damion started the year 2-1 at No. 3 singles, before moving to No. 2 singles where she finished 7-12, for an overall record of 9-13 in dual match play.
The Gauchos No. 1 doubles tandem of seniors Simic and Scatliffe recorded a 12-10 overall mark. For their careers, the duo has compiled an all-time record of 23-17 playing at No. 1 doubles.
Powerhouse Long Beach State swept the major awards, winning the Big West Player of the year, coach of the year, as well as freshman of the year. 2007 Big West Player of the year Hannah Grady garnered the same honor this year, while her coach Jenny Hilt-Costello and teammate Stephanie James, won coach of the year and freshman of the year respectively.