FOREST, Va. -- Sara Yousif and Graham Wilson made their debut seasons as Virginia Wesleyan College tennis players something to remember.
For the first time in VWC's long tennis history, Marlin student-athletes have swept a conference's Rookie of the Year awards, as Yousif (Waxhaw, N.C./Charlotte Manus Academy) and Wilson (Newport News/Menchville) earned the honor in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC).
While Yousif is the first woman in VWC history to be named top rookie in tennis, Wilson is only the second among the men. Steven Wright also won the award in 2006.
The special awards highlighted Virginia Wesleyan's contingent of All-ODAC honorees in tennis, including first-team accolades for Wilson and rookie partner Drew Tomajczyk (Chesterfield/Home schooled) at No. 1 doubles. Wilson also picked up All-ODAC second team singles honors at the No. 1 flight and rookies Tyler Chang (Hvre de Grace, Md./Tome School) andLawrence Hunter (Fredericksburg/Chancellor) were second team honorees at No. 3 doubles.
On the women's side, Yousif was an All-ODAC third team honoree at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. Rookie Victoria Ryherd (El Paso, Texas/Loretto Academy) shared that doubles honor.
Wilson, Tomajczyk, Chang and Hunter were key contributors to the Marlins' men team that finished the season with an 11-12 record, falling in the semifinals of the ODAC championship tournament to national power Washington and Lee University. Chang and Hunter finished the season with a 12-4 doubles record, including a 9-4 showing at the No. 3 flight. Overall, Chang compiled a 15-7 doubles record and Hunter was 12-7.
Wilson and Tomajczyk produced a 17-6 doubles mark, all at No. 1, including a 9-1 showing in regular-season ODAC competition. The duo tied VWC's third highest overall mark for doubles victories, set by Marc Casperino and Mike Blank in 1992. Wilson and Tomajczyk also rank No. 2 in doubles wins at the No. 1 flight, trailing only Eric Caudill and Jeff Zenisek who compiled 20 wins in 2006.
In singles, Wilson rolled to a team-leading 23-6 mark, including a 17-4 effort at the No. 1 flight. He was 17-4 in dual match competition, 6-2 in tournament play and 8-2 in regular-season ODAC competition. Wilson's 23 wins tie the third highest total in VWC history, recorded by Caudill in 2006. His 17 victories at the No. 1 flight tie the highest win total at that level of competition. Scott Barlow played to a 17-1 record at No. 1 in 1981.
Yousif competed at No. 1 and No. 2 singles at various times this season for the Marlins, who finished 9-13 overall. She compiled an 8-4 mark at No. 1 and was 2-3 at No. 2. Overall, Yousif finished with a 10-7 singles record, including a 5-2 mark in regular-season ODAC play.
In doubles Yousif and Ryherd compiled an overall mark of 6-3, all at No. 1, including a 4-1 ODAC record. Yousif finished the season with an 11-10 combined doubles record and Ryherd finished 9-11.