UT Tyler Netters Fare Well in All-ASC Selections

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

After winning the American Southwest Conference East Division titles and reaching the finals of the ASC Tournament, several UT Tyler men's and women's tennis players received postseason honors, the conference announced Wednesday.

The Patriots women's No. 1 singles player, Beth Launius, was named the ASC East Division Women's Player of the Year and also Freshman of the Year. Launius, from LaGrange, was 11-4 for UT Tyler in the top spot of the lineup.

The freshman was also named to the ASC all-conference team, along with UT Tyler No. 2 player Nicole Barrett. Barrett, a sophomore from Allen, was also named to the first team East Division squad, along with Launius.

UT Tyler coach Chris Bizot was chosen as the ASC East women's Coach of the Year. UT Tyler's women finished the season undefeated in East Division play, earned the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament and proceeded to the tournament finals, where they lost to Hardin-Simmons, 5-0.

Former Whitehouse netter Sarah Adamson (freshman), Palestine's Catarina Barbosa (junior) and Kristin Thomas, a senior from St. Augustine, Florida, earned places on the East Division second team.

For the men, Patrick Painter was named to the all-conference team as well as the East Division first team. Painter, a junior from Friendswood, played as the Patriots No. 1 singles player and paired with Joseph Vann, making up half of the No. 1 doubles pair.

Sophomore Brian Jolly, a transfer from Texas A&M, received ASC East Division Newcomer of the Year honors, as well as spot on the East second team. As the Patriots No. 4 singles player, Jolly was 7-4 and 13-11 overall on the season.

Sophomore Steven Campbell (San Angelo) and senior Kevin Cook (League City) earned nods to the East first team while sophomore Will McDonald (Houston) and Jordan Repsher (Friendswood) were named to the East second team.

Other superlatives in the conference on the men's side were: Taylor Clemmer, Mississippi College, East Player of the Year; Chas Dunn, Mississippi College, East Freshman of the Year; Dusty Oglesby, Hardin-Simmons, West Player of the Year; Eric White, Mary Hardin-Baylor, West Newcomer of the Year and Trey Brannen, Schreiner, West Freshman of the Year.

Hardin-Simmons coach Shane Williford was named both the men's and women's West Division Coach of the Year after winning both the men's and women's titles.

Other women's players earning superlatives were: Hardin-Simmons' Tracy Henington, West Player of the Year; UMHB's Laina White, Newcomer of the Year and Hardin-Simmons' Bria Camarillo, West Freshman of the Year.

Around the conference, LeTourneau freshman Jessica Tindall, a former Lady Vandal, was named to the East Division second team and LeTourneau's second-year head coach Doug Carter earned the nod as the East Division men's Coach of the Year as his team improved to 6-14 after going winless last season.