Saturday, June 12, 2010

Chiricosta notches ESPN honors for second-straight season

Avon Lake’s Christine Chiricosta was named to the 2010 ESPN The Magazine Women’s At-Large Academic All-America Team for the second-straight year.

Last year, Chiricosta was chosen to the third team, at the time becoming the first women’s tennis player in Bowling Green history to be named an Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Chiricosta was named to the All-Mid-American Conference First Team last season, after earning all-conference second-team honors in each of her first two years at BGSU. She she had an overall singles record of 22-9 in 2009-’10, leading the team in wins. Chiricosta had a 15-7 record in dual matches, having played at the No. 1 flight in all 22 of Bowling Green’s duals this spring, and went 5-3 in MAC regular-season action.

In doubles, Chiricosta finished with an overall record of 21-9, including a 16-6 mark in dual-match play. She teamed with freshman Maddy Eccleston at the top flight for every dual match, going 6-2 in MAC contests.

Chiricosta’s total of 43 victories last season led the team, and tied her for 10th in Bowling Green history.

Entering her senior season, Chiricosta has a combined career total of 128 wins, with 64 singles and 64 doubles victories. She moved into 12th place on the Bowling Green doubles wins list, and is tied for 12th in overall wins and deadlocked for 14th in career singles wins. Chiricosta is within striking distance of all three school records.

Chiricosta was named the MAC’s Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week three times last season. Last year, she was named an ITA Scholar Athlete for the second-straight year, and was also chosen to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Third Team.

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