Maeva Razakasoa Wins Second Big West Player of the Year Award
The junior earned the Big West's highest honor for the second time in her career after taking home POY honors as a freshman in 2014.
Long Beach, Calif. - Junior Maeva Razakasoa has been named the 2016 Big West Player of the Year in women's tennis, the conference office announced Wednesday morning. Razakasoa becomes a two-time winner of the award after she was named Player of the Year as a freshman in 2014. That makes her just the second player in program history, along with four-time winner Hannah Grady, to win the award multiple times.
"I'm very proud of Maeva and her outstanding tournament and dual match record this season," said LBSU head coach Jenny Hilt-Costello. "She consistently played strong all season."
Razakasoa finished the season with a 27-9 overall singles record, including an 18-4 mark during dual play, exclusively at the No. 1 spot in the lineup. Included in that mark was an 8-0 record in Big West play, a pair of ranked wins, and an 11-match winning streak. She was also 15-3 in doubles matches during the dual season, playing with partner Julie Gerard.
In addition to her success against conference opponents, Razakasoa was also recognized nationally in the ITA Division I singles rankings. The Cranves-Sales, France native was ranked as high as No. 57 in the country at one point, which was the third-highest mark in school history. She is currently No. 82 in the latest rankings. Razakasoa, who was a three-time Big West Athlete of the Week, becomes the eighth player in Big West history to win Player of the Year twice.
There were other All-Big West honors for Beach Tennis, led by Razakasoa's inherent First Team selection. Senior Ebba Unden earned All-Big West honors for the fourth time in her career, checking in on the All-Big West Second Team. Rounding out singles were juniors Julie Gerard and Hayley Thompson, who were both named Honorable Mention All-Conference. It's the third straight year that Gerard has received that nod and the second straight year for Thompson.
The Beach also had a pair of doubles teams represented with Thompson and partner Laura Eales claiming First Team distinction and the aforementioned Razakasoa/Gerard tandem as a selection to the Second Team. Eales/Thompson has been LBSU's nationally-ranked team for most of the season, going 6-0 during Big West play and 21-5 overall in 2015-16 including three ranked wins.
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