SIAC announces 2022 Tennis All-Conference Honorees

Savannah State’s Gabrielle Benn has been named the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Year and headlines the 2022 All-SIAC Team. 

The honors, announced Saturday, were determined by votes from the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.

Esperance Follykoue of Benedict, earned this year’s Freshman of the Year honors, while Clark Atlanta’s head coach, Tara Turner, was named Coach of the Year.

Gabrielle Benn, a Junior from Kingston, V.C, went 11-3 in singles play this season. Benn was undefeated in conference play, earning 8 straight wins. Benn teamed up with her sister, Amarlia Benn, in No. 1 doubles play and 7-6 overall during the regular season.

Esperance Follykoue had a stellar freshman season. In singles play, the Benin native went 6-2 in conference play, and 9-5 overall. Esperance also shined in doubles play, alongside her teammate Sofia Gomez. In doubles play, the two Tigers went undefeated in the SIAC, winning four games.

This is Tara Turner’s second Coach of the Year honor since starting with the Panthers in 2019. Coach Turner led the lady panthers to a 11-5 conference record this season, as well as coaching her doubles team of, Nicola Ramdyhan and Shereese Henry, to an All-Conference level.

In its inaugural season, the Elite 14 award recognized the student-athlete who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the SIAC championship level in his or her sport while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. Zikeria Jones of Albany State was the first recipient of this award in her respective sport.

The 2022 SIAC Women’s Tennis Championship is set to take place April 9-10 at Peachtree Tennis Center in Peachtree City, Ga.

Player of the Year– Gabrielle Benn, Savannah State

Freshman of the Year – Esperance Follykoue, Benedict

Coach of the Year– Tara Turner, Clark Atlanta

Elite 14 Honoree– Zikeria Jones, Albany State

All-Conference Team

Asia RaulersonAlbany StateFreshmanClermont, Florida
Amarlia BennSavannah StateJuniorKingston, V.C. 
Gabrielle BennSavannah StateJuniorKingston, V.C.
Doylisha CopelandAlbany StateJuniorCairo, Georgia
Julia Ramos BenthamSavannah StateFreshmanLloret De Mar, Spain. 
Mary Grace SullivanSpring HillR-JuniorSt. Louis, MO
Esperance Follykoue/Sofia GomezBenedictFreshman/JuniorCotonou, Benin/Cartago, Costa Rica
Nicola Ramdyhan / Shereese HenryClark AtlantaGraduate Student/JuniorGeorgetown, Guyana/St. John’s, Antigua
Asia Raulerson/Carla SorrocheAlbany StateSophomore/SophomoreClermont, Florida/Barcelona, Spain

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