Tokarczyk Named to All-Big 12 Singles Team

April 28, 2008

<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>LAWRENCE, Kan. – University of Kansas freshman Magdalena Tokarczyk has been named to the 2008 All-Big 12 singles team, the league offices announced on Monday.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Tokarczyk joins 11 other student-athletes on the singles team. There were seven doubles tandems named all-conference as well. Tokarczyk is one of just three freshmen on the singles team, joining Baylor’s Taylor Ormond Oklahoma’s Ane Maria Constantinescu.

Tokarczyk joined the Jayhawks following their fall season and immediately made an impact. The Ksawerow, Poland, native went 3-0 at the preseason Hawaii Spring Invitational and recorded victories in Kansas’ first two duals of the spring, prompting head coach Amy Hall-Holt to move her into the No. 1 position – a spot she would hold for the remainder of the year. Overall, Tokarczyk won four of her first five contests in dual play.

The freshman finished with an overall singles record of 11-12 despite playing six nationally-ranked opponents, which were the most on the team.

Tokarczyk marks Kansas’ 10th All-Big 12 singles selection in school history.

Baylor’s Zuzana Zemenova was named the unanimous Big 12 Player of the Year. The former National Singles Champion becomes the first Big 12 athlete in any sport to win four-straight Player of the Year awards.

Other conference awards included: Newcomer of the Year to Baylor’s Jalena Stanivuk, Freshman of the Year to Ormond, and Coach of the Year to Baylor’s Joey Scrivano.

The All-Big 12 teams are voted on by league coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own players.

Complete All-Big 12 Teams