April 15, 2011

 

ALEXANDRIA, La. - Jackson State junior Vishesh Bhatia has been named the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Men's Tennis Player of the Year and Southern junior Carlista Mohammed was named the SWAC Women's Tennis Player of the Year. Alabama State's Kevin Tan and Jackson State's Kesica Jayaoalan were named the SWAC Men's and Women's Freshmen of the Year, respectively, announced today by league office.

Bhatia, a native of Surat, India, also earned First-Team All-SWAC honors. He finished the regular season undefeated in SWAC play at the No. 2 spot, posting a 5-0 record.

Vishesh Bhatia


Mohammed guided Southern to an unbeaten regular season in conference play. The St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago native posted a 6-0 mark at the No. 1 spot in SWAC action. She was also named to the All-SWAC First Team.

Tan, a freshman from Athens, Ga., posted a 3-1 mark in conference play at No. 3 singles. Jayaoalan, a freshman from Coimbatore, India, posted a 6-0 mark at the No. 4 spot during SWAC action this year.

The SWAC Tennis Tournament opens today with four first-round matches. Play continues throughout the weekend, concluding with Sunday's title match at 9 a.m. (women) and 1 p.m. (men). Follow the action at Championship Central.

SWAC Men's Tennis Player of the Year - Vishesh Bhatia, Jackson State
SWAC Women's Tennis Player of the Year
- Carlista Mohammed, Southern
SWAC Men's Tennis Freshman of the Year
- Kevin Tan, Alabama State
SWAC Women's Tennis Freshman of the Year
- Kesica Jayaoalan, Jackson State

2011 Men's Tennis All-SWAC First Team (Singles)
Navaneetha Baskaran, Jr., Jackson State
Vishesh Bhatia, Jr., Jackson State
Craig Wiltz, So., Prairie View A&M
Winfried Weinbeer, So., Alcorn State
Pushpendra Rajpurdhit, Alcorn State
Yanick Shearron-Hawkins, Alcorn State

2011 Men's Tennis All-SWAC Second Team (Singles)
Hugo Gomez, Jr., Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Alexandr Lidzar, Jr., Alcorn State
Mitchell de Jong, Sr., Jackson State
Ronald Chidzikwe, So., Prairie View A&M
Kristin Powell, So., Prairie View A&M
David Aldaz, Fr., Prairie View A&M

2011 Men's Tennis All-SWAC First Team (Doubles)
Mitchell de Jong/Navaneetha Baskaran, Jackson State
Winfried Weinbeer/Pushpendra Rajpurdhit, Alcorn State
Yanick Shearron-Hawkins/Alejandro Dominguez, Alcorn State

2011 Men's Tennis All-SWAC Second Team (Doubles)
Anton Krutin/Alexandr Lidzar, Alcorn State
Kuda Nytatoti/Ronald Chidzikwe, Prairie View A&M
Josh Donaldson/Lance Deleston, Alabama State

2011 Women's Tennis All-SWAC First Team (Singles)
Carlista Mohammed, Jr., Southern
Raven Lewis, Jr., Prairie View A&M
Asha Saravanmohan, Jr., Jackson State
Kesica Jayaoalan, Fr., Jackson State
Katherine Hoepleman, Sr., Alcorn State
Lois Alexis, So., Southern

2011 Women's Tennis All-SWAC Second Team (Singles)
Kersten Vanem, Fr., Alcorn State
Shannon Warner, So., Alabama A&M
Jasmine Cherry, Jr., Alabama A&M
Dari Rudd, So., Alcorn State
Lisbeth Cuevas Castaneda, Fr., Southern
Chan Rutherford, Fr., Alcorn State

2011 Women's Tennis All-SWAC First Team (Doubles)
Carlista Mohammed/Jo'Vonna Gaines, Southern
Kathryn Curtis/Lois Alexis, Southern
Arielle Buchmann/Katherine Hoepleman, Alcorn State

2011 Women's Tennis All-SWAC Second Team (Doubles)
Britney Shy Nelson/Asha Saravanmohan, Jackson State
Victoria Guedez/Kesica Jayaoalan, Jackson State
Lisbeth Cuevas Castaneda/Demetria Woods, Southern