The Winthrop men's and women's tennis teams were awarded nine Big South honors, including senior Sergey Belov and sophomore Yasmine Alkema walking away with Big South Player of the Year, at the BSC awards ceremony on Wednesday.
Belov finished the season undefeated in the Big South Conference in singles play and was named Big South Player of the Week four times this season. Alkema finished the season 9-6 overall and 7-0 in the Big South at the No. 1 singles position. Alkema went 9-6 on the season in No. 1 doubles with senior teammate Lisa Wilkinson.
Joining Belov in the list of men's honors was Guy Kubi, who took the Scholar Athlete of the Year. Kubi finished the season with a 17-12 overall record in singles, while playing in the No. 4 position. He is a three-time Winthrop Dean's List recipient and was a Big South Conference Presidential Scholar in 2010. He currently holds a 3.95 GPA and is majoring in Business Administration. Kubi also made the Big South All-Academic Team.
In the flight winner category, Belov took No. 1 singles. Joining Sergey was sophomore Liran Levy in the No. 3 position and freshman Yuta Hirokawa came away with the No. 6 spot.
Belov and junior Dejon Bivens were named to the All-Conference Singles Team, as Belov and Levy were named to the All-Conference Doubles Team.
On the women's side, Alkema was joined on the award list by senior Elizaveta Zaytseva who took a spot on the Big South All-Academic Team. Zaytseva currently holds a 3.737 GPA and is majoring in International Business. Elizaveta was also named to the Big South All-Conference Singles Team.
Joining Zaytseva on the All-Conference Singles Team is Alkema and junior Sandra Herrera. Alkema and Wilkinson were also named to the All-Conference Doubles Team.
Four Lady Eagles made the Big South Flight Winners Team as Alkema took No. 1 singles. Herrera grabbed the No. 3 position and sophomore Giovanna Portioli nabbed the No. 4 spot.
The Big South tennis championships begin today at 9 a.m. for the women's team and 10 a.m. for the men. Both teams will play at the Memorial Courts.