UTEP Tennis’ Kulicke Honored by C-USA

IRVING, Texas – UTEP women’s tennis player, Vivienne Kulicke was recognized by Conference USA, collecting two awards announced by the league on Friday.

Kulicke was named the C-USA Newcomer of the Year and a First-Team All-C-USA Singles selection. She is the first in school history to earn the awards since UTEP joined C-USA in 2005.

The Hamburg, Germany, product totaled an overall record of 25-10 in singles play in her first year at UTEP, while registering 21 wins in straight sets. Kulicke went 15-5 at the No. 1 position in dual matches, picking up notable singles wins versus Iowa St., Wyoming, No. 56 New Mexico and Arizona State’s Desirae Krawczyk, who was ranked No. 34 at the time.

Kulicke went on a 10-match winning streak from Jan. 29 to Mar. 18 before dropping a match to Miriam Rosell of UTSA (Mar. 19).

The sophomore became the first nationally ranked tennis athlete for UTEP in over 20 years when she broke into the ITA national rankings on Feb. 23. She remained among the top-125 for nine-straight weeks with a career-best at No. 107.

The entire 2016 All-Conference USA Women’s Tennis selections and Specialty Awards can be seen below:

All-Conference USA Singles
1st Team
Nina Nagode, FIU
Maryna Verksler, FIU
Alexandra Starkova, Louisiana Tech
Derya Turhan, Marshall
Brittany Huxley, Middle Tennessee
Maria Kononova, North Texas
Tamuna Kutubidze, North Texas
Borislava Botusharova, Old Dominion
Savannah Durkin, Rice
Lindsey Hodge, Rice
Katherine Ip, Rice
Carolin Drescher, Southern Miss
Vivienne Kulicke, UTEP

2nd Team
Nerma Caluk, FIU
Andrea Lazaro, FIU
Carlotta Orlando, FIU
Jazmin Britos, Louisiana Tech
Anastasiya Shestakova, North Texas
Nikol Hristova, Old Dominion
Nataliya Vlasova, Old Dominion
Ingrid Vojcinakova, Old Dominion
Alison Ho, Rice
Emily Smith, Rice
Miriam Rosell Canudas, UTSA
Andreanna Christopoulou, WKU

3rd Team
Tai Martin, Charlotte
Macy Vonderschmidt, Charlotte
Bianca Biglione, Florida Atlantic
Ana Gutierrez, Florida Atlantic
Marta Sramkova, Louisiana Tech
Rachael Morales, Marshall
Anna Pomyatinskaya, Marshall
Adriana Rajkovic, Old Dominion
Solomiya Zinko, Rice
Alex Kitchen, Southern Miss
Rikeetha Pereira, Southern Miss
Pardis Kianoush, UAB

All-Conference USA Doubles
1st Team
Derya Turhan/Anna Pomyatinskaya, Marshall
Maria Kononova/Tamuna Kutubidze, North Texas
Katherine Ip/Emily Smith, Rice

2nd Team
Carlotta Orlando/Andrew Lazaro, FIU
Maryna Veksler/Nina Nagode, FIU
Nataliya Vlasova/Nikol Hristova, Old Dominion

3rd Team
Alexandra Starkova/Zoe Chen, Louisiana Tech
Brittany Huxley/Giulia Squadrin, Middle Tennessee
Savannah Durkin/Solomiya Zinko, Rice

Superlative Awards
Player of the Year: Derya Turhan, Marshall
Freshman of the Year: Maryna Veksler, FIU
Newcomer of the Year: Vivienne Kulicke, UTEP
Singles Player of the Championship: Alison Ho, Rice
Doubles Team of the Championship: Carlotta Orlando & Andrea Lazaro, FIU
Coach of the Year: Elizabeth Schmidt, Rice