By: Monique Bowman
ADA -- The Ohio Athletic Conference's head women's tennis coaches have recognized head coach Scott Wills and six Polar Bears for their accomplishments in the 2012 season.
Wills was named OAC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year, while two players were named either All-OAC First Team, Second Team or Honorale Mention.
Sophomore Michelle Tuma and freshman Brittany Miller were named First Team, sophomore Carly Olmstead and freshman Kristin Cellentani were named Second Team, and junior Christie Gales and sophomore Kelsi Wurm were named Honorable Mention.
Wills has earned his fourth Coach of the Year honor in his 11 seasons of head coach. This year, he led the Polar Bears to Regular Season and Tournament titles, as well as a 23-5 overall record and an 8-0 mark in the conference.
The team also made its second overall appearance in the NCAA Championships this season under Wills, as well as tallied its first-ever national championships win.
Tuma finished the season with a 13-16 overall mark in singles play, including a 12-12 mark at No. 1 singles and 5-2 against OAC opponents. In doubles, she was 18-14 overall and 7-1 in the OAC.
Miller had a solid freshman season finishing 18-9 overall in singles, which included an 11-5 mark at No. 2 singles and 4-1 at No. 3 singles. She was 7-1 in singles action against OAC opponents and 20-9 overall in doubles play.
Olmstead was 6-1 in OAC singles to go along with her 13-9 overall record. She and sophomore Lauren Rife combined for a 17-5 overall mark as doubles partners, mostly at No. 3 doubles.
Cellentani worked her way into the No. 4 singles spot and posted an 11-1 record at that slot. She eventually earned a 13-1 overall record at singles, along with a 14-3 doubles mark.
Gales finished the 2012 season 11-7 at singles and 19-14 at doubles. She also tallied her 100th career win toward the end of the season, and now has a 103-60 career record.
Wurm finished the season with the most singles wins on the team with 26 and a perfect 8-0 mark in OAC singles action. This was the second consecutive season she posted 20 or more wins as she also went 20-8 in her freshman campaign.