SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Furman women’s tennis player Danni Vines has been named the General Shale Southern Conference Student-Athlete of the Week for competition held April 18-24, the league office announced Wednesday.
The sophomore from Elizabethton, Tennessee, was named the 2018 SoCon Women’s Tennis Tournament MVP after leading the Paladins to their second consecutive championship on Sunday. Playing up at flight three, Vines went 3-0 without dropping a single set. On Friday, Vines topped UNCG’s Sophia Adams 6-4, 6-2 before dispatching Chattanooga’s Delaney Edwards 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday. In the championship round on Sunday, Vines remained dominant, defeating ETSU’s Andrea Pascual-Larringa 6-2, 6-3 to cap off her perfect singles action. Teaming up with Katty Weymouth, the duo went 2-0 at flight two doubles, having an additional match end unfinished.
Vines, who is a health sciences major with a 4.0 grade point average, was the recipient of the Pinnacle Award which is given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA from the championship team.
With the win, the Paladins earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships which begin May 11 on campus sites.
Also nominated for SoCon Student-Athlete of the Week: Mady Riegel (The Citadel track & field), David Gonzalez (ETSU men’s tennis), Audrey Robertson (Mercer women’s lacrosse), Caleb Webster (UNCG baseball), Shelby Mize (Samford softball), Josh Winder (VMI baseball), Madison Armstrong (Western Carolina softball) and McClain Bradley (Wofford baseball).
General Shale SoCon Student-Athletes of the Week
Sept. 6 Lauren Greenspoon, Chattanooga, Volleyball
Sept. 13 Paige Alsten, Mercer, Volleyball
Sept. 20 John Payne, Chattanooga, Men’s Cross Country
Sept. 27 Austin Herink, ETSU, Football
Oct. 4 Andy Schumpert, Furman, Football
Oct. 11 Eleonora Goldoni, ETSU, Women’s Soccer
Oct. 18 Megan McCallister, Western Carolina, Women’s Soccer
Oct. 25 Tee Mitchell, Mercer, Football
Nov. 1 Allie Buchalski, Furman, Women’s Cross Country
Nov. 8 Cienna Rideout, UNCG, Women’s Soccer
Nov. 15 Catie Cronister, Wofford, Volleyball
Nov. 22 Allie Buchalski, Furman, Women’s Cross Country
Nov. 29 Andy Schumpert, Furman, Football
Dec. 6 Amanda Thompson, Mercer, Women’s Basketball
Dec. 13 Sherae Bonner, Western Carolina, Women’s Basketball
Jan. 3 Sydni Means, Mercer, Women’s Basketball
Jan. 10 Desmond Ringer, Mercer, Men’s Basketball
Jan. 17 Bethany King, VMI, Women’s Track and Field
Jan. 24 Savannah Carnahan, Furman, Women’s Track and Field
Jan. 31 Nadine Soliman, UNCG, Women’s Basketball
Feb. 7 Willem van Zyl, The Citadel, Men’s Tennis
Feb. 14 Jacquelyn Crow, Furman, Women’s Track and Field
Feb. 21 Brandon Barbery, VMI, Baseball
Feb. 28 Savannah Carnahan, Furman Women’s Track and Field
March 7 Megan Woods, Chattanooga, Women’s Golf
March 14 Sawyer Gipson-Long, Mercer, Baseball
March 21 Jordan Gontram, UNCG, Softball
March 28 Stella Preston, Mercer, Softball
April 4 David Gonzalez, ETSU, Men’s Tennis
Apil 11 Geuntae Kim, ETSU, Men’s Golf
April 18 Reona Hirai, Furman, Women’s Golf
April 25 Danni Vines, Furman, Women’s Tennis