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Evans named A-Sun Freshman of the Year; Muehl named First-Team All-Conference
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
MACON, Ga. (April 27, 2011) â€" Fresh off a season that included a team-best eight top-20 finishes, ETSU freshman Sian Evans (Gillingham, England) was named Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year, while also being named First-Team All-Atlantic Sun, the league office announced on Wednesday. In addition, senior Nina Muehl (Vienna, Austria) was also named First-Team All-Atlantic Sun.
Evans became the second Buccaneer named the A-Sun Freshman of the Year - joining Laura Jansone in 2007. She became the fourth freshman to also make the First Team in the last three years (Buelow and Premchuen in 2010, Stetsonâ€™s Lauren Cate in 2009). Evans headed up the All-Freshmen Team where she, Kennesaw Stateâ€™s Hayley Clining, Stetsonâ€™s Mallory Viera and Mercerâ€™s Mary Alice Murphy all made the team unanimously. Campbellâ€™s Kaylin Yost rounded the team.
Muehl made the First Team for the second-straight year and was one of just four players that were unanimous choices for all-league honors. This recognition for Muehl follows on the heels of the ETSU senior earning an individual spot to the NCAA Central Regional next month. In the spring portion of the year, Muehl earned three Womenâ€™s Golfers of the Week and shared the medalist honors at the Sir Pizza Cards Challenge.
Stetson sophomore Alexandria Buelow repeated as Conference Player of the Year. Buelow, who won three tournaments this year, becomes the fifth player in league history to win consecutive Player of the Year awards. She joins a list that includes Moria Dunn (FIU, 1992-1993), Mara Larrauri (Campbell, 1997-98), Alejandra Shaw (Campbell, 2006-07) and Lorie Warren (Belmont, 2008-09).
Her head coach, Floyd Kerr, won a third-straight A-Sun Coach of the Year award â€" becoming just the second head coach in league history to win the award three times, joining Campbellâ€™s John Crooks.
Kennesaw Stateâ€™s Ket Preamchuen was named First-Team All-Atlantic Sun for the second straight season, while FGCUâ€™s Briana Carlson also made the squad by unanimous consent, becoming the first Eagle to make the First Team in program history. Carlson posted eight top-10 finishes in nine tournaments highlighted by a win at the University of Cincinnati Spring Invitational in late March.
Clinning and Viera added Second-Team honors to their All-Freshmen team accolades. Stetsonâ€™s Cate and a pair of Camels, Michelle Koh and Sarah Bejgrowicz joined the two freshmen on the Second Team.