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Khatsko Named Summit League Player of the Year

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 04/26/2012
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ELMHURST, Ill. - Oral Roberts University senior Iryna Khatsko was named Summit League Women’s Tennis Player of the Year, it was announced tonight at the League’s awards banquet.

In addition to Khatsko’s selection, ORU placed Lina Semenova, Kristin Gray and Tori Dollar on the All-Summit League team, and head coach Chris Milliron was named Summit League Coach of the Year.

ORU was the only team to place four players on the All-League team.

Khatsko, from Lviv, Ukraine, has dominated the Summit League’s best competition in 2012. The senior went 11-5 from the No. 1 singles position, with an 8-0 Summit League record, and she was 10-2 in doubles play with a 7-0 Summit League mark. Khatsko’s 15 Summit League wins are tops in the conference in 2012, and she’s earned victories in her last 17 matches dating back to February.

Khatsko is a three-time Summit League Player of the Week in 2012.

Semenova has served as ORU’s primary second flight player, posting an 8-8 singles record. The senior from Minsk, Belarus cranked her game into high gear when Summit League play started, going 4-1 against conference foes. Semenova was also 8-5 in doubles matches, with a 5-1 League mark.

Gray went 7-6 in singles play as a senior, with a 5-1 Summit League record. Serving as Khatsko’s primary doubles partner, the Tulsa native has shined brightest in pairs competition with a 10-4 campaign, including a flawless 7-0 League mark.

Dollar is a two-time Summit League Player of the Week, and she earned ORU’s lone points in matches against Oklahoma State and Arkansas. The junior from Kiev, Ukraine is 9-2 in singles play, with a 4-0 Summit League record, and she is 8-3 in pairs play with a 5-0 conference record.

The All-Summit League selection is the third for Semenova, while Khatsko is a two-time All-League honoree.

Milliron led ORU to an 11-5 regular season mark, with a perfect 8-0 Summit League record. Under Milliron’s guidance, the Golden Eagles dropped only four individual matches in Summit League play, and they earned non-conference wins over regional rivals Central Arkansas and UALR.

The Coach of the Year award is the fifth of Milliron’s career.

At 8-0 in Summit League play, ORU captured their seventh regular season conference title, and their first since 2009. The Golden Eagles face fourth-seeded Southern Utah on Friday in the semifinals of the 2012 Summit League Championship. First serve in Kansas City is scheduled for 10 am CT.
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