MOBILE, Ala. (May 20, 2012) - Oklahoma Christian's Hermon Brhane and Lucie Sipkova each received NAIA All-America first-team honors for the second straight year, the NAIA announced Sunday in releasing its women's tennis honors lists.
It was a clean sweep for the Lady Eagles, as the other four players in their starting lineup - Gabriela Carrillo, Marta Contel Miranzo, Maryfer Abreu Roman and Andreea Constantinescu - made the honorable mention list.
The Lady Eagles finished 18-4 and reached the NAIA semifinals for the first time in the program's history before falling to eventual national champion Auburn-Montgomery (Ala.). It was the best national finish ever by any Oklahoma Christian women's athletic team.
Brhane, a sophomore from Dreieich, Germany, went 15-3 in singles and 15-4 in doubles. She's ranked third in the NAIA in both.
Sipkova, a sophomore from Pardubice, Czech Republic, is ranked 11th in singles and third in doubles. She went 13-5 in singles and 15-5 in doubles this season for the Lady Eagles.
Sipkova and Brhane won the NAIA women's doubles bracket last November at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Small College Championships - becoming only the second OC duo ever to accomplish that feat - and reached the final of the event's "Super Bowl" bracket, which pitted the champions of the NAIA, NCAA Division II and III and junior-college brackets.
Contel Miranzo, a senior from Valencia, Spain, went 19-1 in singles and 12-7 in doubles this season. In her two seasons at OC, she posted a 42-3 singles mark.
Abreu Roman, a sophomore from Valencia, Venezuela, posted an 18-2 singles record and a 16-6 doubles mark. Constantinescu, a junior from Bucharest, Romania, went 16-4 in singles and 17-5 in doubles, while Carrillo, a freshman from Riobamba, Ecuador, had a 15-5 singles record and a 13-9 doubles mark.