Sept. 27, 2008
MALIBU, Calif. - The 2008 Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year, senior Anna Novo (Caracas, Venezuela/El-Angel) fell in the opening round of pre-qualifying at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships to 107th-ranked Noelle Hickey of Georgia Tech, 6-1, 6-1, in the pre-qualifying draw on Saturday morning at Pepperdine University. Novo is the first Spartan to ever compete at the event.
Novo, a two-time Division II All-American, finished the 2007-08 season with a school-record 29 singles wins and 52 combined (singles and doubles) wins. She was 29-5 in singles play and 23-7 in doubles. Along the way, she was completely dominant in the Atlantic Sun Conference, finishing a perfect 11-0 at the No. 1 singles slot, being pushed to the third set just twice and defeating the conference's only ranked player in straight sets in ETSU's No. 79 Yevgeniya Stupak, 6-4, 6-3.
This season, Novo has started 4-2 in singles playing advancing to the finals of the USC Upstate Fall Tournament before falling to Stupak and winning the Gold flight at the ETSU Fall Challenge. She also won the `A' doubles flight at the ETSU Fall Challenge with sophomore partner Emilia Milovanovic (Paris, France/CNED).
The ITA All-American field is one of the toughest in the collegiate ranks, with the draw being created using the ITA preseason singles rankings as the main guide. The tournament, one of two ITA national tournaments during the fall, includes nearly 500 entries during the 10-day event.
The Spartans get back into action in two weeks at the Wofford Fall