FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Averett University junior HEIDI SARKKINEN (Oulu, Finland) repeated as the Player of the Year as the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association announced the 2018 College Division All-State Women's Tennis Teams on Monday. Washington and Lee University freshman VALERIE MARSHALL (Arlington, Va.) was selected as the Rookie of the Year, and UMW head coach Patrick Catullo gained Coach of the Year honors.
Sarkkinen has remained undefeated for three years at No. 1 singles competition in dual matches for the Cougars, and has reigned as a three-time USA South Conference Player of the Year. A three-time USA South All-Conference First Team choice, she was regionally ranked this season by the ITA in singles.
Marshall, the 2018 ODAC Rookie of the Year, was a second team All-ODAC honoree, and ranked seventh in the Atlantic South region in singles. She recorded a 16-7 record at primarily No. 2 singles and a 6-0 mark in the ODAC at No. 1 singles.
Catullo led Mary Washington to a 20-5 record, winning the CAC Championship for the 14th straight year, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament third round. Catullo captures the state coaching honor for the third time since 2006, and for the first time since 2014.
Eight different schools were represented on the all-state teams. Mary Washington led with seven selections, including three on the first team. Sophomore Rachel Summers was selected to the first team in singles, and Kait Brogan and Ashley Barrow, as well as Summers and Caroline Mosberg were named to the first team in doubles. Brogan, Rachel Cooper, Hannah Jabusch, and Danielle Mirabella were named to the second team in singles.
Washington and Lee saw Marshall and Michelle Fleenor named to the first team in singles, while Averett's Sarkkinen gained first team honors in singles, as well as in doubles with Hannah Mattson. Lynchburg's Christina Harris gained first team honors in singles and second team honors in doubles with Sarah Wyly. Christopher Newport's Johanna Ranta-aho rounded out the first team in singles.
Randolph College saw Keyu Jin and Ashley Schmitz named to the second team for singles, with Bridgewater's Whitney Kiser rounding out the second team singles squad. Randolph-Macon's Kristen Dantzer and Gaby Tersigini and Olivia Uzer and Stephanie Yeager gained second team doubles accolades.
2018 Women's Tennis College All-State
2018 VaSID Player of the Year
Heidi Sarkkinen Averett University
2018 VaSID Rookie of the Year
Valerie Marshall Washington and Lee University
2018 VaSID Coach of the Year
Patrick Catullo University of Mary Washington
Singles Michelle Fleenor Washington & Lee University Chattanooga, Tenn.
Singles Christina Harris Lynchburg College Falls Church, Va.
Singles Valerie Marshall Washington & Lee University Arlington, Va.
Singles Johanna Ranta-aho Christopher Newport University Helsinki, Finland
Singles Heidi Sarkkinen Averett University Oulu, Finland
Singles Rachel Summers University of Mary Washington Arlington, Va.
Doubles Caroline Mosberg/RachelSummers University of Mary Washington
Doubles Heidi Sarkkinen/Hannah Mattson Averett University
Singles Kait Brogan University of Mary Washington Virginia Beach, Va.
Singles Rachel Cooper University of Mary Washington Thomasville, Ga.
Singles Hannah Jabusch University of Mary Washington Cary, N.C.
Singles Keyu Jin Randolph College Kunming, China
Singles Whitney Kiser Bridgewater College Mt. Solon, Va.
Singles Danielle Mirabella University of Mary Washington Wantagh, N.Y.
Singles Ashley Schmitz Randolph College Keswick, Va.
Doubles Kristen Dantzer/Gaby Tersigini Randolph-Macon College
Doubles Christina Harris/Sarah Wyly Lynchburg College
Doubles Olivia Uzer/Stephanie Yeager Randolph-Macon College