Weekend full of competition for ETSU leads to multiple awards and historic moments
Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 20:09
For ETSU’s athletic department, the past week and a half has been one to remember. Multiple team and individual accolades and have been awarded to the Bucs after a week of historic wins and meaningful moments in program history.
The men’s soccer program defeated their highest-ranked opponent in No. 8 University of Alabama Birmingham. Along with the win being important in the overall aspect of the program, senior goalkeeper Ryan Coulter was named the Atlantic Sun Defensive Player of the Week as well as being named Men’s Soccer Player of the Week by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association on Tuesday. Coulter ranks in the top 10 nationally in both goals-against-average and save percentage. The Dublin, Ireland native has four shutouts this season along with 16 saves.
While the men’s soccer program was in Birmingham, the women’s tennis team traveled to Elon, N.C., and swept the Elon Invitational. Following the tournament victory the doubles team of Anna Gerbasi and Lyn Yee Choo received the highest ranking for any doubles team in program history. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association placed the duo at No. 51 in their Women’s Preseason Doubles Rankings.
“To have the highest ranking of any doubles team at ETSU after only one year is great,” ETSU head coach Travis Sandlant said in a press release. “They had some huge wins last year and deserve this preseason ranking.”
While Choo and Gerbasi were dominating the competition, the ETSU women’s golf team were 675 miles north in East Lansing, Mich., competing in the Mary Fossum Invitational. Led by senior Sian Evans, they finished sixth, above teams from Miami and Indiana. Evans’ 223 final score was tied for seventh individually and earned her Atlantic Sun Golfer of the Week honors.
“Individually, I’m really happy with Sian’s play. She was a great leader, she stayed confident, and she made the game she brought this weekend work for her,” ETSU head coach Stefanie Shelton said in a press release. “For the first tournament of the year, the team showed great heart and mental composure.”
Finally, in Knoxville the volleyball team, led by Megan Devine were on their way to the programs first victory against the Lady Vols in 34 years. For her part in the team’s historic win she was awarded her second consecutive Atlantic Sun Player of the Week award.
With four player recognitions, an all-time-high national ranking and two historic wins all in the span of four days, it will be hard to top this past weekend when it comes to ETSU athletics.