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Mortimer named SAC Freshman of the Year, while Hartley earns second team honors; Staniford named Coach of the Year

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Newberry College’s Autise Mortimer, who went 5-2 at No. 1 singles in her first year, was named Freshman of the Year as well as earning first team All-South Atlantic Conference. Lauren Hartley was named to the All-SAC Second Team and head coach David Staniford was named SAC Coach of the Year, it was announced Tuesday.

Autise Mortimer, a freshman from Nassau, Bahamas, was 5-2 at No. 1 singles in the South Atlantic Conference this season, as well as 8-7 overall.

Lauren Hartley, a senior from Beamsville, Ontario, Canada, was 4-3 at No. 2 singles in the SAC and 9-6 overall.

The duo was 12-3 overall at No. 1 doubles in the regular season, with a perfect 7-0 record in league play.

The Lady Indians were 9-6 in the regular season, and went 6-1 in SAC play to earn second place in the league and a No. 9 ranking in the Southeast Region.

Newberry College coach David Staniford, who guided the Lady Indians to a second-place finish, the highest in school history, was named Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year.

Presbyterian College senior Lauren Brown, who went 10-6 overall and 6-1 in the league, was named the South Atlantic Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Year for the second year in a row, the league announced today.

Brown also received the Women’s Tennis Scholar Athlete Award for the second year in a row.

Conference champion Presbyterian led the way with five All-Conference selections, including four on the First Team. Joining Brown on the first team are Lisa Moyer, Catherine Bankhead and Kari Fuller.

Mars Hill and Catawba had three All-Conference selections. Aylin Seyalioglu of Mars Hill was named to the first team. Carson-Newman and Newberry each had a pair of All-Conference picks, with Carson-Newman’s Tessa Caprio joining Newberry’s Mortimer on the first team. Tusculum’s Danae Valderrama rounds out the first team.

Brown, a senior from Gaffney, S.C. (Gaffney HS), has a 3.89 GPA as a chemistry major. She is a four-time All-SAC selection and has helped lead the Blue Hose to the past three conference championships.

Brown was named to the 2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America team, and is a member of the Sigma Kappa Alpha and Tri Beta honor societies. She is recognized as a campus and community leader, serving and chair of the Presbyterian College and SAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and is the conference’s national representative. She is a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and helps to read and tutor at a local school and is a tutor for the Presbyterian athletic department.


Tessa Caprio, Carson-Newman
Aylin Seyalioglu, Mars Hill
Autise Mortimer, Newberry
Lauren Brown, Presbyterian
Lisa Moyer, Presbyterian
Catherine Bankhead, Presbyterian
Kari Fuller, Presbyterian
Danae Valderrama, Tusculum

Amanda Bartlett, Carson-Newman
Lauren Fluegge, Catawba
KT Rebadow, Catawba
Julia McKinzie, Catawba
Nancie Gruber, Mars Hill
Whitney Stroud, Mars Hill
Lauren Hartley, Newberry
Abby Diminish, Presbyterian

PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Lauren Brown, Presbyterian
COACH OF THE YEARDavid Staniford, Newberry
FRESHMAN OF THE YEARAutise Mortimer, Newberry
SAC SCHOLAR ATHLETE – Lauren Brown, Presbyterian

Andi Binney
Lauren Fluegge

Mary Hulet Kitterman

Mars Hill
Nancie Gruber
Maranda Dellinger
Whitney Stroud

Lauren Hartley

Catherine Bankhead
Lauren Brown
Lisa Moyer

Danae Valderrama

Sydney Pallesen

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