Women's Tennis All-Conference Team Announced
2016 Big West Women's Tennis All-Conference Team
The 2016 Big West Women's Tennis All-Conference awards were announced today with Long Beach State standout Maeva Razakasoa earning her second career Player of the Year accolade. Marina Hruba of Hawai‘i took home Freshman of the Year hardware while Cal State Fullerton's Dianne Matias collected Coach of the Year honors.
Razakasoa becomes the eighth player in Big West history to earn Player of the Year honors twice, and the second from Long Beach State. Razakasoa also earned the top distinction in 2014 as a freshman. Now a junior, she posted an 18-4 dual match record playing entirely at No. 1 singles in 2016. Razakasoa went 8-0 against Big West opponents during the regular season. Earlier this year, she achieved a national ranking as high as No. 57 in the Oracle/ITA rankings, the third-highest individual ranking in program history. A native of Cranves-Sales, France, she owned an 11-match winning streak at one juncture, and played a key role in Long Beach State winning its third straight Big West regular season title. In a match which ultimately determined the crown, Razakasoa, facing a 5-2 deficit in the third set, fought off four match points and won five straight games to take a dramatic 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 victory over UC Santa Barbara's Lou Adler.
Hruba, a native of Prague, Czech Republic, is the second straight Freshman of the Year recipient from Hawai‘i following Viktoria Malova in 2015. Hruba posted an impressive 18-1 dual match record, including a perfect 13-0 mark from the No. 2 spot on the singles ladder. She won her final eight singles matches, including a 6-2, 6-1 triumph over Ebba Unden that helped enable the Rainbow Wahine to upset top-seeded Long Beach State in the Big West Tournament semifinals. Hruba, who won 16 dual matches in straight sets, defeated opponents from nationally ranked squads such as No. 11 Baylor, No. 22 Fresno State and No. 36 Oregon.
Matias led one of the great turnarounds in Big West history to become the second Coach of the Year honoree from Cal State Fullerton, following Bill Reynolds in 2013. In just her third year, Matias guided the Titans to program bests for wins (17), Big West victories (6), highest conference finish (3rd) and winning percentage (.739) in 2016. CSF earned its highest Big West Tournament seed of No. 3 in school history, and Matias led the team to a national ranking of No. 67 in the March 8 Oracle/ITA poll. She also has tutored one of the nation's top doubles teams of Alexis Valenzuela and Camille De Leon, who are currently ranked No. 52 by the ITA.
The complete All-Conference team can be viewed by clicking on the link above.
2016 BIG WEST PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Maeva Razakasoa, Long Beach State
2016 BIG WEST FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Marina Hruba, Hawai‘i
2016 BIG WEST COACH OF THE YEAR
Dianne Matias, Cal State Fullerton