May 27, 2008
CLEMSON, SC – Clemson’s Ani Mijacika is one of four collegiate women’s tennis players nominated for the 2007-08 Honda Sports Award for tennis. The Tiger sophomore posted a 30-8 singles record with a 28-6 individual doubles ledger for the 2007-08 season.
Mijacika earned All-America honors in singles after receiving a national seed in the 2008 NCAA Singles Championships and was also named an All-American in doubles by advancing to the quarterfinals of the doubles tournament with Carol Salge.
The native of Makarska, Croatia rose to the #1 singles ranking in the Feb. 20 Fila/ITA Tennis poll, becoming the first Clemson tennis player, man or woman, to earn the top ranking. She spent every poll of the spring season in the top five and was named to the 2008 All-ACC Team with an 10-1 conference singles record. Mijacika reached the round of 16 in singles and the quarterfinals in doubles at the 2008 NCAA Individual Championships, her second career appearance in both.
She is the third Clemson women’s tennis player in history to be nominated for this award, joining Gigi Fernandez in 1982-83 and Julie Coin in 2003-04. The past two winners have been from ACC-member schools (Kristi Miller, Georgia Tech; Audra Cohen, Miami). This year’s nominees also include NCAA Singles Champion Amanda McDowell of Georgia Tech, Aurelija Miseviciute of Arkansas and Zuzana Zemenova of Baylor.
In addition to the honor of this selection, American Honda will donate $1,000 to the women’s athletic fund of each nominee’s university. The winner’s program will receive $5,000.
The winner of the 2007-08 Tennis Honda Sports Award will be announced early next month and will become a candidate for The Honda-Broderick Cup, awarded annually to the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. The Honda Awards is a program dedicated to honoring the nation’s top women collegiate athletes.
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