May 15, 2010
San Antonio – Four St. Mary’s University tennis players were named All-Heartland Conference for the 2010 season. For the women, Cimen Soy and Vanessa Sholles were selected, while Marcin Marczewski and Marcos Villarreal received the honor for the men.
Marczewski (So., Warsaw, Poland) earned All-Heartland Conference recognition for the second straight season. He led the Rattlers with a 13-7 record in singles and was 10-10 in doubles play. His 23 combined victories were the most on the team. In just two years with the Rattlers, Marczewski has 49 combined victories.
Villarreal (Sr., Corpus Christi, Texas) wrapped up his St. Mary’s career with perhaps his best season. He produced a 6-5 record in singles, playing at number six, and a 9-10 mark in doubles, playing at number one. His nine doubles wins was the second highest total on the team. In his career, Villarreal has 55 combined wins.
The men’s tennis had its best season since the 2001-2002 campaign, producing an 8-13 mark. They finished their season in the semifinals of the Heartland Conference Championship, falling to eventual champion St. Edward’s University.
Sholles (Sr., Paramaribo, Suriname) went 7-11 in singles and 6-15 in doubles for the Rattlers this season, playing at number one and number two singles. Sholles had 45 combined victories in four years playing for the Rattlers.
Soy (Jr., Gothenburg, Sweden) joined the Rattlers for the 2009-2010 season and quickly became the Rattlers number one player. She produced a 6-9 record in singles and 6-13 mark in doubles, playing at number one in both.
The Rattler women’s tennis team also had its best season in eight years with a 9-14 record. St. Mary’s advanced to the Heartland Conference Tournament semifinals, before falling to St. Edward’s University.
St. Mary’s University has five national titles in athletics and one national team academic award. St. Mary’s is home to 13 Academic All-Americans and 225 student-athletes who have earned regional or national academic awards. St. Mary’s student-athletes graduation rate is 63 percent, higher than the NCAA Division II average of 55 percent.