CSU players selected ITA Division II All-American for women's tennis

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

From Staff Reports

The ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) released its 2011 Small College Division All-American teams for women's tennis over the weekend, and the Clayton State Lakers placed two players on this season's squad.

Selected ITA Division II All-American from Clayton State was Viktoriya Semyrodenko and Ivana Krommelova. Semyrodenko was selected Division II All-American for both singles and doubles, while Krommelova was selected for doubles with Semyrodenko. To earn All-American honors, a player has to finish ranked in the Top 20 in the nation in singles, and a doubles team has to be ranked in the Top 10.

Semyrodenko finished the season ranked 12th in the nation in singles, while she and Krommelova were ranked seventh in doubles.

This is the second Division II All-American honor for Semyrodenko, who was previously All-American in doubles in 2009. This is the first Division II All-American for Krommelova. Overall, Clayton State now has 12 All-Americans in the history of its women's tennis program.

Both Semyrodenko and Krommelova were instrumental in pacing Clayton State to arguably its best season ever in 2011. Under first-year head coach Le'Trone Mason, the Lakers finished 18-8 and advanced to the NCAA Division II "Final Four" for the first time in program history. Clayton State finished the season ranked seventh in the ITA Division II Top 50.

A senior from Donetsk, Ukraine, Semyrodenko finished her heralded Clayton State career with a 16-6 mark in singles and 17-6 in doubles this season. She was selected All-Peach Belt Conference in both singles and doubles, playing No. 1 position in both areas. In addition, Semyrodenko was also selected Peach Belt Conference All-Academic for women's tennis.

A sophomore from Nove Zamky, Slovakia, Krommelova was also an All-Peach Belt Conference selection in doubles. She finished 17-6 in doubles and 14-5 in singles on the season. Like Semyrodenko, Krommelova was also a Peach Belt Conference All-Academic selection.