Freshman JaHaun Freeman-Clark of the Oglethorpe women's tennis team was named the SAA Women's Tennis Newcomer of the Year today, as voted by the conference's coaches, as well as garnering All-SAA First Team honors. Teammates Katherine Walker and Caffrey Francis nabbed All-SAA Honorable Mention, as well, for their work over the course of the season.
A freshman from Atlanta, Freeman-Clark had a breakout first-year campaign that began in the fall at the ITA Small College South Regional Championships with a stunning first-round win. She carried that momentum into the spring and earned the No. 1 singles position on her squad. Despite playing for a team that compiled a 6-15 overall record, Freeman-Clark regularly enjoyed success on the courts. She posted a 13-6 overall record in singles and backed that up with a 14-6 mark in doubles play. Freeman-Clark becomes the first OU tennis player to ever win a conference newcomer of the year award.
A sophomore from Huntsville, Ala., Walker had an excellent year mostly out of the No. 3 slot. She went 10-10 at singles over the course of the year, and added to that with a very respectable 15-6 run at doubles, where she mostly played with Freeman-Clark at the No. 1 slot. The pair went 8-2 over their last 10 matches, including two wins at the SAA Tournament in Murfreesboro, Tenn., this past weekend.
Francis, a junior from Acworth, Ga., had a nice comeback year for the Stormy Petrels after missing all of the 2012-13 year with an injury. She went a very respectable 8-11 on the season in singles competition, most of that coming at No. 2 singles. She won two doubles matches on the year, as well.
The Stormy Petrels finished 6-15 on the year, 1-5 in SAA play, which was good enough for a seventh-place finish.