RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Harding women's tennis placed three players on the inaugural All-Great American Conference teams Friday. Senior Ling Chan and sophomore Benyapa Phumtip were named to the 1st Team, and junior Chelsea Hunt was named to the 2nd Team. Additionally, sophomore Maria Moreno was named the GAC's Newcomer of the Year.
Regular season champion Arkansas Tech had four all-conference selections as well as earning the league's player of the year, freshman of the year and coach of the year awards.
The all-conference teams and award winners were revealed in conjunction with the opening round of the inaugural GAC Championship Tournament, held in Arkadelphia, Ark. April 20-21.
Arkansas Tech senior Mariel Alvarez tops the list of 15 all-conference honorees as a first team All-GAC selection as well as being voted the league's inaugural player of the year. The La Paz, Mexico native went 17-5 in singles play during the 2012 season, including a perfect 6-0 record at the No. 1 position against GAC opponents. Alvarez was 13-4 overall this season at the No. 1 position. She was 16-7 in doubles play this season, including a 6-0 mark against GAC opponents with teammate Akanesi Fa.
Fa (Suva, Fiji) and teammate Maria Aleman (San Cristobal, Venezuela) were also named first team All-GAC selections, in addition to Harding's Chan (Hong Kong) and Phumtip (Bangkok, Thailand), East Central's Marta Valles (Barcelona, Spain) and Bernardita Muscillo (Argentina) and Ouachita Baptist's Kourtney Chumbley.
ALL-GAC WOMEN'S TENNIS FIRST TEAM Mariel Alvarez, SR, Arkansas Tech (La Paz, Mexico) Ling Chan, SR, Harding (Hong Kong) Marta Valles, JR, East Central (Barcelona, Spain) Akanesia Fa, SR, Arkansas Tech (Suva, Fiji) Benyapa Phumtip, SO, Harding (Bangkok, Thailand) Bernardita Muscillo, FR, East Central (Argentina) Maria Aleman, JR, Arkansas Tech (San Cristobal, Venezuela) Kourtney Chumbley, SO, Ouachita Baptist (Richardson, Texas)