Nalepa, Hollis, Elmore Honored by A-10
ST. LOUIS - Senior Jenny Nalepa (Brighton, Mich./Brighton) and sophomore Stephanie Hollis (Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat) of the Saint Louis University women's tennis team have been selected Atlantic 10 All-Conference by a vote of the league's head coaches.
Junior Mia Elmore (Springfield, Ill./Springfield) was chosen to the six-member Academic All-Conference team in balloting by A-10 women's tennis sports information representatives.
Nalepa earned first-team recognition for a second consecutive year. She is a three-time All-Conference honoree, having collected second-team plaudits in 2010. Hollis, last season's A-10 Most Outstanding Rookie Performer, garnered a second-team nod.
Nalepa posted an 18-12 singles record that included an 11-9 mark in dual meets, all at the No. 1 position. She was 19-11 in doubles overall and tied for the team lead in dual-meet doubles victories, going 14-8 (14-7 at No. 1). Nalepa's 19 total doubles wins tied for seventh on SLU's all-time single-season list.
Nalepa was 1-1 in singles - giving her a career 6-1 record in conference tournament play - and 2-0 in doubles at this year's A-10 Championship. She finished her three-year Billiken career ranked 11th in singles wins (58) and tied for 12th in doubles wins (48) on the Saint Louis charts.
"Jenny enjoyed an outstanding winning season at No. 1 singles and doubles," head coach Jon Zych said. "Her biggest highlight was the A-10 Championship victory she and Mia had over Charlotte's No. 1 doubles team, which had been ranked No. 48 in the country in February.
"I am so proud of Jen," Zych said. "She evolved into a true team leader who led by the daily example of a striving, caring student-athlete. She is a one-of-a-kind combination of impeccable timing and pure shot power. Jen will be highly successful as she transitions into graduate school for sports psychology."
Hollis' 19-11 singles record included a 13-8 dual ledger, all at No. 2. She finished strong, winning eight of her last 10 contests including an A-10 Championship tilt. Hollis was 17-14 in doubles (10-11 in duals, primarily at No. 2).
"Stephanie combines tenacity, hard work and passion for the game, and the result is a tremendous competitor," Zych said. "She thrives in close battles and raises her game level when the match is tightest. Of all the hundreds of men and women I have coached, Stephanie is the one I would want competing for SLU when the whole match is on the line because she enjoys pressure and a tight battle. She is a terrific player now and will only get better. Her willpower on the court is never surpassed."
A communication sciences and disorders major, Elmore boasted team-best doubles records of 21-10 overall and 14-7 in duals. She played at least four dual matches at all three doubles positions and was 7-2 at No. 1, including a 2-0 slate at the A-10 Championship. Elmore's 21 doubles triumphs are good for a third-place tie on the Bills' all-time single-season list.
In singles action, Elmore was 17-15 overall and 12-10 in duals. In three seasons at SLU, she has risen to eighth in doubles wins (51) and 14th in singles victories (53) on the Billikens' career charts.
"Mia represents a true student-athlete with her high level of academic achievement and her desire to strive for excellence in all areas of her life," Zych said. "She sets a high standard for others to emulate in her game, her conditioning and her scholastic work ethic.
"I have enjoyed watching Mia grow as a player and as a person," Zych said. "She has developed into our top doubles performer, and she is the kind of individual who makes Saint Louis University better."Nalepa, Hollis and Elmore helped lead Saint Louis to a 12-10 record, giving the Billikens a fifth consecutive winning season.