ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis seniors Aspen Cervin, Eleonore Tchakarova and Verginie Tchakarova have been selected to the Atlantic 10 women's tennis All-Conference team and to the A-10 All-Academic team, the league announced today.
In addition, Cervin garnered Academic All-District honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Cervin and Eleonore Tchakarova earned spots on the All-Conference first team, while Verginie Tchakarova was chosen to the second team. All-conference voting is conducted by A-10 head women's tennis coaches. The league's sports information representatives select the All-Academic team.
This is the second consecutive season and fifth time in program history that SLU placed three players on the All-Conference list. It also is the second straight year and third time in Billiken tennis annals that two players landed on the first team.
The Billikens are the first team since Xavier in 2005 – and the first current Atlantic 10 member since St. Bonaventure in 1995 – to place three student-athletes on the six-member A-10 All-Academic team. At least one SLU student-athlete has been included on the team every year since 2009, and two Billikens were honored in 2011 and 2013.
Cervin becomes the first Saint Louis tennis player to collect first-team All-Conference accolades four times. She and Hailee Elmore (first team three times, second team once) are the only Billikens to be selected to four All-Conference squads. Cervin was tabbed A-10 All-Academic for a third time, again becoming the only Saint Louis player besides Elmore to accomplish the feat.
Cervin repeated on the CoSIDA Academic All-District team. She joins Elmore (2009, 2010, 2011) as the SLU tennis program's only multiple honorees. Cervin is a finance and information technology management major with a 3.84 grade point average.
The Billikens' No. 1 singles player, Cervin missed part of the spring season due to injury but came back to enjoy another successful campaign. Her 16-8 singles record included a 9-5 mark in dual meets, and she also contributed 11 doubles victories. Cervin concluded her career with 84 singles wins (84-23) and 62 doubles wins (62-41), finishing third in Saint Louis history in both categories.
Eleonore “Nona” Tchakarova, SLU's No. 2 singles player, made the All-Conference first team for a second consecutive year. Her 25-10 singles record included a 13-8 dual-meet ledger, part of which was a 6-4 mark at No. 1 while Cervin was out of the lineup. Tchakarova was second on the team in singles wins, singles winning percentage (.714), total wins (51) and overall winning percentage (51-20, .718). An international business major, she carries a 3.93 GPA.
No. 3 singles competitor Verginie “Djina” Tchakarova picked up second-team plaudits for a second straight season. Her 30 singles victories (30-6) were just one shy of tying Saint Louis' single-season record. Tchakarova turned in a team-best 19-4 dual-meet ledger, going 11-2 at No. 3 and 8-2 at No. 2 during Cervin's absence. She led the team in singles wins, singles winning percentage (.833), total wins (56) and overall winning percentage (56-14, .800). Tchakarova majors in international business and has a 3.91 GPA.
The Tchakarovas registered a school-record 26 doubles victories (26-8) as the Billikens' No. 1 pairing. They were 17-5 in dual competition. Playing just two years at SLU after transferring from Murray State, Verginie (50-14) and Eleonore (49-16) finished 15th and tied for 16th, respectively, on the Billikens' career doubles wins list.
“Congratulations to Aspen, Nona and Djina for these tremendous accomplishments in the A-10 arena,” head coach Jon Zych said. “We are extremely proud of their dedication, focus and caring attitudes.“These three young women showcased the Billiken spirit of trust, caring and excellence in our athletics department's core objectives of educating student-athletes, competing at the highest level and building community,” Zych said. “They share an attitude of gratitude, which is the foundation of their success as Billiken student-athletes. They have been a joy to work with every day.”