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For Immediate Release
November 13, 2007
YU honored after successful first season of Skyline Conference competition
(New York, NY) – A successful first season of Skyline Conference competition for the Yeshiva University Women’s Tennis team has resulted in significant post-season recognition as sophomore Stephanie Kimmel (Allentown, PA/Yeshiva Flatbush) was voted First Team All-Conference, and Yeshiva was awarded the Skyline Conference Sportsmanship Award for Women’s Tennis. Both awards were based solely on the votes of the Head Women’s Tennis Coaches within the Skyline Conference.
“This is a very proud moment for the Yeshiva University Athletics Department, and one of the most exciting announcements we have had this season for our women’s athletics program,” said Yeshiva University Director of Athletics, Mr. Joseph Bednarsh. “To have a student-athlete recognized as one of the very best in the Skyline Conference, and for our team to be rewarded for displaying the highest level of sportsmanship is the perfect example of what we are aspiring for department-wide. We hope for all of our athletes to compete at the highest possible level, but it is of paramount importance for our student-athletes and coaches to exhibit sportsmanship at all times, and to represent our institution with a level of maturity and professionalism that will give Yeshiva University a great name in athletics competition. To be recognized for both at the same time is just incredible, and I am very proud of every member of our Women’s Tennis team, and our terrific Head Coach who just completed his first season at Yeshiva.”
Kimmel, a biology major, who studied in seminary in Israel during her freshman year, emerged as one of the best rookies in the Skyline Conference during the 2007 season. While competing at first singles, Kimmel finished the fall season with a 7-3 record, including a 6-1 record during her last seven matches as she squared off with the best individual player each opponent had to offer. She also compiled a 7-3 record as a member of Yeshiva’s first doubles team. Twice during the fall season, Kimmel was named to the Skyline Conference Honor Roll for our outstanding play during the year.
As a team, Yeshiva finished the fall season with a 2-8 overall record, including a 1-7 mark in Skyline Conference competition under the guidance of first year Head Coach Roger Crawford. However, the season was Yeshiva’s first in the Skyline Conference, and four of the conference matches could have gone either way. Yeshiva will continue competition early in 2008 when they compete during a spring Women’s Tennis season for the first time.