Carmel, Ind. – Transylvania women's tennis sophomores Porsche Robinson and Jessica Burton were each named to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's All-Conference First Team for Women's Tennis, the conference announced on Monday.
Both players repeated as all-conference selections for the second straight year in leading the Pioneers to a third-place regular-season finish in HCAC play and their first conference tournament championship in eight years.
Robinson, a sophomore from Houston, Texas (Stratford HS), put together a 7-1 record in No. 1 singles play this season, helping the Pioneers achieve a 6-2 record in conference play. Over eight HCAC singles matches, Robinson conceded just three sets. The sophomore went 4-0 in the HCAC tournament between her four completed doubles and singles matches to guide the Pioneers to the championship.
Burton, a sophomore from Catlettsburg, Kentucky (Boyd County HS), went undefeated in HCAC singles play for the Pioneers during the 2019 season. Burton put together a 5-0 record at No. 3 singles and a 3-0 record in No. 2 singles matches.
Robinson and Burton formed a powerful tandem at No. 1 doubles, putting together a 7-1 record in HCAC play. For their overall regular season, the two have gone 12-2 in doubles competition in 2019.
Burton was also named the HCAC Tournament Most Valuable Player on Sunday after winning all six of her matches in helping the Pioneers clinch their conference tournament title.
Merrick Irwin, a senior from Lexington, Kentucky (Lexington Catholic HS) was named an All-HCAC Honorable Mention for the 2019 conference season. Competing primarily at the No. 3 and No. 4 singles spots, Irwin went 4-3 in singles play during the regular season and 6-1 in doubles play versus HCAC opponents.
Christina Duvall, a freshman from Lexington, Kentucky (Henry Clay HS) was also selected as an All-HCAC Honorable Mention for 2019. Duvall reeled off a 5-2 singles record in conference play.
The Pioneers captured the HCAC Tournament Championship this past Sunday as the No. 3 seed, defeating No. 6 seed Mount St. Joseph 5-0 on Friday in the quarterfinals, No. 2 seed Hanover 5-1 in the semifinals, and No. 1 seed Anderson 5-1 in the championship match. Under the tutelage of first-year head coach Bill Carey, the Pioneers clinched the conference's automatic bid into the 2020 NCAA Tournament to be held next May 18-23 in St. Louis, Missouri on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis.
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