April 28, 2002
Cleveland - The Mid-American Conference women's tennis awards were announced today at the conclusion of the championship held in Muncie, Indiana. Player of the Year went to Lisa D'Amelio of Eastern Michigan and member of the regular season champion team. The Newcomer of the Year went to Jessica Johnson of Marshall. The Leann Grimes Davidge Sportsmanship award went to Whitney Wasielweski of Toledo. Eastern Michigan's Dave Farmer was named as Coach of the Year.
D'Amelio a junior from Melbourne, Australia went 8-0 in No. 2 singles in MAC play and 8-1 in No. 1 doubles. Overall she posted a 33-2 No. 2 singles record and a 34-4 No. 1 doubles record for the regular season. She helped Eastern Michigan to a regular season MAC title.
Johnson, who is from Sewickley, Pennsylvania, went 6-2 in No. 1 singles and 8-0 in No. 2 doubles in regular season MAC play for the Thundering Herd. Her overall season record is 25-18 in No. 1 singles and 24-11 in No. 2 doubles.
The Leann Grimes Davidge Sportsmanship award went to Toledo's Wasielweski, a senior from Livonia, Michigan. Wasielweski had a MAC record of 4-4 in No. 3 singles and 5-4 in No. 2 doubles; overall she had a 7-6 record in No. 3 singles and an 11-6 in No. 2 doubles.
This is the second time an Eastern Michigan coach has won Coach of the Year. The last time it was won by an Eagle coach was in 1986.
The Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Coach of the Year awards were voted on by the league's head coaches.
In the Leann Grimes Davidge Sportsmanship award voting, the players were judged by their MAC peers as displaying the most outstanding sportsmanship in MAC competition. This award is named in honor of Leann Grimes Davidge, who served as Miami's women's tennis coach from 1978 until her tragic death in an automobile accident in January 1985. During her years as head coach, Miami won three outright MAC championships and shared another. She was chosen as the MAC Coach of the Year by her peers in 1981 and 1983.