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The Alabama State women’s tennis team claimed its second consecutive SWAC Championship by winning the 2018 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Women’s Tennis Championship with a convincing 4-0 victory against No. 5 Alcorn State at City Park/ Pepsi Tennis Courts on Sunday.

Alabama State won its fourth overall SWAC Women’s Tennis Championship in program history (1995, 1999, 2017 and 2018).alst swac wtn182018 SWAC Women's Tennis Champions
Alabama State University
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The top-seeded Lady Hornets (12-8) received stellar performances once again from the duo of Gabriela Lackova and Lea Krajcovivoca, who each won their respective singles matches and then teamed to win as doubles partners to both finish unblemished with a 4-0 record in the SWAC Tournament.

The juniors who both hail from Slovakia were a dominant force throughout conference play this season as they combined to finish 15-2 against SWAC opponents in singles play.

Lackova was named the SWAC Tournament’s Most Valuable Player after playing from the No. 3 singles position as she defeated sophomore Alessandra Maganuco of Italy 6-3, 6-0.

Krajcovicova, playing from the No. 4 singles position, topped junior Klavdija Bukovec of Slovenia, 6-1, 6-1.

No. 2 Reka Szentes downed Ammaarah Tim 6-2, 6-2 for the third singles win for Alabama State.

In doubles action, Lackova and Krajcovivoca were too much for Tim and Maganuco as they won 6-0. Mirna Curcic and Maria Blazevic secured the doubles point for the Lady Hornets as they were knocked off Marlene Maier and Bukovec 6-2.

Alcorn State (8-15) did not take a set, but the Lady Braves junior No. 1 player Bianca Birkenstock had pushed Chloe Kabama to a 6-6 tie-breaker and did not finish.

The awards presentation included the announcement of the 2018 SWAC Women’s Tennis All-Tournament Team. Alabama State led with four selections.

Lackova was named the SWAC Tournament’s Most Valuable Player as well to the All-Tournament Team after winning both her singles and doubles matches in the semifinals and the championship from the No. 3 singles spot and from the No. 2 doubles position.

Krajcovivoca also went 4-0 from the No. 4 singles position and the No. 2 doubles position. Curcic claimed three victories in the tournament including one as a doubles partner in the No. 3 match of the championship with Marija Blazevic. Blazevic also made the team after earning two victories in the tourney.

Alcorn State, the runners up, was represented by Maganuco, who entered the finals with a team-high three wins on the Lady Braves journey to the championship. The sophomore picked up two key victories in the upset win against No. 3 Southern on Friday and then added another in the Lady Braves’ victory against No. 2 Prairie View A&M on Saturday.

Tyler Smith of Jackson State was the lone player who did not play in the final who made the All-Tournament squad. The senior from Pembroke, Bermuda won tied a conference-high with four victories in the tournament.

The Coach of the Year award went to Alabama State head coach Anuk Christiansz for a second straight season. The Lady Hornets went 8-0 in conference play to earn the top seed and a first round bye in the playoffs. Alabama State defeated No. 4 Jackson State 4-1 in the semifinals on Saturday and followed it up with Sunday’s 4-0 title win against No. 5 Alcorn State.

2018 SWAC Women’s Tennis All-Tournament Team
Gabriela Lackova, Alabama State
Lea Krajcovivoca, Alabama State
Mirna Curcic, Alabama State
Marija Blazevic, Alabama State
Alessandra Maganuco, Alcorn State
Tyler Smith, Jackson State

Most Valuable Player
Gabriela Lackova, Alabama State

Coach of the Year
Anuk Christiansz


NEW ORLEANS, La. – For the third time in the past four years, the Alabama State men’s tennis team are champions of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).
The No. 1 seeded Hornets defended their crown as it defeated No. 5 Jackson State 4-0 in the SWAC Men’s Tennis Championship played Sunday at the City Park / Pepsi Tennis Center in New Orleans.2018 SWAC Men's Tennis Champions
Alabama State University
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The Hornets (11-9) received a boost from its No. 1, 3 and 6 singles players as all won their match and the No. 1 and 3 doubles teams each won to secure the doubles point.

Alabama State won in a little over two hours as No. 1 Ion Efrim defeated Joan Sanson 6-0, 6-3, No. 3 Tomas Fernandez followed with a 6-3, 6-4 victory against Fritz Jacobs and No. 6 Alejo Calvis topped Vishu Prasad 6-1, 6-1.

The Hornets earned the doubles point with wins from Collard and Efrim, who defeated Sanson and Prasad 6-3 at the No. 1 position and Chris Andre and Calvis, who topped Jacobs and Federico Mendieta 6-3. Andrey Alawi and Stylianos Gkontsaris teamed up to win the No. 2 doubles match 6-1.
Jackson State (7-19) was a four-time champion with their last title coming in 2016.

The Hornets earned four spots on the All-Tournament Team as each recorded at least three wins. Calvis was dubbed MVP with his fourth victory of the tournament on Sunday. Alabama State’s trio of freshmen came up large throughout the season and in this tournament as Collard, Andre and Calvis combined for 10 of the Hornets victories during the semifinals and the championship. Efrim added an important win on Sunday to add his team to the list.

In leading the Tigers to the championship match, Stylianos Gkontsaris notched four victories along the journey playing from the No. 5 singles position and the No. 2 doubles spot. Andrey Alawi also made the team with three wins playing from the No. 2 singles spot and the No. 2 doubles position.

Coach Christiansz doubled up on his Coach of the Year accolades for a second straight season, winning both the Women’s Tennis and Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year awards. Christiansz led the Hornets to a 6-0 mark in conference play and then won the semifinals against No. 4 Alcorn State 4-2 before taking the title on Sunday with a 4-0 win against No. 5 Jackson State.

2018 SWAC Men’s Tennis All-Tournament Team
Alexis Collard, Alabama State
Chris Andre, Alabama State
Alejo Calvis, Alabama State
Ion Efrim, Alabama State
Stylianos Gkontsaris, Jackson State
Andrey Alawi, Jackson State

Most Valuable Player
Alejo Calvis, Alabama State

Coach of the Year
Anuk Christiansz, Alabama State