Hawkeyes Claim Three Big Ten Honors

April 25, 2008


WEST LAFAYETTE, IN — The Iowa Women’s tennis team claimed three Big Ten honors at the 2008 Big Ten Women’s Championships. The awards were announced Wednesday evening at the tournament banquet. The honors were earned by Iowa’s three seniors, Jacqueline Lee, Milica Veselinovic, and Kayla Berry. Lee and Veselinovic were named to the 2008 All-Big Ten team while Berry was named a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.

Lee was selected first team All-Big Ten after completing a standout senior year at Iowa. Lee opened the season by defending her title as the Hawkeye Invitational singles champion and played at both the number one singles and doubles position for a majority of the season. Lee went 5-5 against Big Ten opponents this season, and posted an overall singles record of 19-14. Lee also led the Hawkeyes in doubles play with teammate Alexis Dorr, posting a 12-9 record. Lee was a unanimous 2007 All-Big Ten team selection and was a 2006 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.

Veselinovic earned her first All-Big Ten team selection after a record-breaking senior year. Veselinovic completed regular season play ranked 82nd in the country and highlighted her senior season with big victories. Veselinovic broke the school record for career singles wins, now boasting 113 singles wins in her career at Iowa. Veselinovic also tied the Iowa school record for most singles wins as a senior, earning her 26th singles win Thursday against Penn State. Veselinovic also defeated top ranked opponents this season. Veselinovic defeated Notre Dame’s Brook Buck in singles play and also defeated the fifth-ranked player in the country, Northwestern’s Georgia Rose, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (8-6). Veselinovic completed regular season play with Iowa’s best singles record, posting a 25-6 overall singles record and an 8-2 singles record against Big Ten opponents.

This is Kayla Berry’s first selection as a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree. Berry concluded regular season play with a 2-9 record at the number six singles position. Along with teammate Lynne Poggensee-Wei, Berry posted an 8-7 record at the number three double position and went 2-5 in doubles competition against Big Ten opponents. Berry is now a candidate for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, as the Conference office will honor one female student-athlete from each institution at the end of the school year.

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