Three Aggies Earn All-Big West Nods

Nicole Koehly (foreground) and doubles partner Layla Sanders were recognized by the conference for the first time in their collegiate careers.
 
Nicole Koehly (foreground) and doubles partner Layla Sanders were recognized by the conference for the first time in their collegiate careers.
 

April 30, 2013

Official All-Conference Release

IRVINE, Calif. - Juniors Megan Heneghan, Nicole Koehly and sophomore Layla Sanders earned 2013 All-Big West accolades as announced by the conference on Tuesday, April 30. 

Heneghan earned one of six Singles Second Team spots; in addition to receiving Singles Honorable Mention, Sanders and doubles partner Nicole Koehly were one of four parings to earn Doubles Honorable Mention. 

"All three worked very hard and are very deserving of this recognition," said head coach Bill Maze."

Heneghan has now received all-conference honors in all three of her seasons as an Aggie; the 2011 Big West Freshman of the Year earned first-team singles and second-team doubles awards in her inaugural season at UC Davis in addition to another singles first team spot the following season.

Koehly and Sanders were each recognized for the first time in their respective collegiate careers. 

Collecting her third all-conference individual award, Heneghan earned seven of her 11 singles victories in dual matches, primarily as the Aggies' No. 1.

Opponents who fell to Heneghan this season include Sacramento State's Rebeca Delgado, Fresno State's Rana Sherif Ahmed and San Jose State's Klaudia Boczova. Combined, all three were unable to take a set from Heneghan, opponents who also competed for their respective nationally-ranked team as its No. 1 singles player.

Sanders, the only student-athlete other than Heneghan to compete in the top spot, earned half of her 14 individual victories in dual competition including one as a No. 1.

Also earning victories over ranked teams when she faced Sacramento State's Sophie Lohscheidt and San Jose State's Sabastiana Leon Chao, eight of Sanders' 14 wins were earned in straight-set fashion.

Possessing a team-high seven victories, all earned in dual competition, Koehly and Sanders nearly split their total as UC Davis' No. 1 and No. 2 doubles earning three as the Aggies' top tandem, and another four as the Aggies' No. 2.

In addition to ending the season with victories in three of their last five matches, Koehly and Sanders earned a perfect 8-0 score in back-to-back doubles contests against Pacific and UC Santa Barbara, and gave up two games or less in another two of their triumphs. 

"Our doubles experienced some tough moments early in the season; when Layla and Nicole came together as doubles partners, they quickly gelled and played well," said Maze. 

UC Irvine senior Kristina Smith earned Big West Player of the Year recognition; Long Beach State's Ebba Unden received Freshman of the Year accolades with UC Irvine's Mike Edles and Cal State Fullerton's Bill Reynolds named Co-Coaches of the Year.