Rome, Ga. - 4/22/2002 - The Union University tennis programs added the TranSouth Conference Men’s and Women’s Player of the Year to their 2002 season accomplishments. Seniors Ashley Young, from Bartlett, Tennessee, and Philippe Sylvestre, from Montreal, Canada, received the honors for the Bulldogs. The Union men finished with the 2002 TranSouth regular season and tournament championship. The Lady Bulldogs finished as regular season co-champions and tournament runner-up.
Young went 14-3 this season in singles matches including a 4-1 record in the conference. She also had a double record of 14-6 and 5-0 in the conference. Young was selected as All-Conference in doubles along with teammate Veronica Cortes. She has played at both the No. 1 and No. 2 positions this season but has spent the majority at the No. 1 spot. As a freshman, Young was Union’s No. 6 player, but has improved with hard work to move up. She earned a preseason doubles ranking of No. 12 in the NAIA. This is the four straight season that Young has been selected as an All-Conference performer. Young is not only a competitor on the court, but also in the classroom. She has a 3.0 GPA and is graduating in May with a major Human Resource Management and a minor in Accounting.
Sylvestre was 14-3 in singles and 12-1 in doubles for the 2002 season. He was selected as a first team All-Conference performer in both singles and doubles. Sylvester has a 3.936 GPA and he is also graduating in May with a degree in Business. He has been selected as an NAIA Academic All-American in each of the past two seasons. He has been a great team leader this season. Sylvestre took over the leadership role after the Bulldogs lost three players to graduation last season.
Union had three players make All-Conference this season. Joining Sylvester was Fernando Uehara and Christiano Castro. Jonathan Labella and Sylvestre, along with Uehara and Castro were selected All-Conference in doubles.
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