KU Tennis Players Earn All-Big 12 Singles, Doubles Awards
May 11, 2011
IRVING, Texas – Kansas tennis’ Ekaterina Morozova and Dylan Windom were recognized by the Big 12 Conference Wednesday afternoon for their performances during the spring 2011 season, as announced by the conference offices. Morozova was named to the All-Big 12 singles and doubles teams, garnering the doubles accolade with her partner Windom.
“Their commitment to playing at a higher level proved to be the reasoning behind their recognition,” said head coach Amy Hall-Holt. “I am extremely proud of the success that they had on the court this season. They both worked extremely hard to better themselves each time they stepped out on the court.”
Morozova, a junior from Togliatte, Russia, amassed an overall record of 16-13 in singles action this season, going 12-9 in dual matches, including a 6-4 ledger in the Big 12. Currently ranked No. 107 in the Campbell’s ITA Women’s College Tennis Rankings, Morozova was ranked as high as No. 65 earlier this season after defeating Texas A&M’s Nazari Urbina, who was then ranked No. 18, March 27. It was the first Kansas win over a top-30 opponent since October 20, 2005, and gave her the highest ranking since former Jayhawk Ksenia Bukina was ranked No. 79 in 2006.
Partnering with Windom, a freshman out of Tifton, Ga., Morozova went 15-7 in doubles play, including a 6-5 record in Big 12 play and a 2-1 record against nationally-ranked opponents. On March 26, the tandem gave KU its first win over a ranked doubles team in two years when they downed Texas’ 23-ranked combination of Amanda Craddock and Cierra Gayton-Leach. The two concluded the season ranked No. 83.
Morozova has now been honored by the conference a total of three times, as she earned All-Big 12 Doubles accolades after her freshman campaign with former partner Edina Horvath. This is the first career honor for Windom.
The honors are the first for KU since 2008 when Morozova and Horvath earned the nod, and it marks the first time since 2007 that KU has been represented on both all-conference teams.