TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2011
Eve Castaing named the A-Sun’s “Player of the Year”
Senior Eve Castaing was named the Atlantic Sun Conference’s women’s tennis “Player of the Year” for 2011, the league announced on Tuesday. Castaing also was named to the ASun’s all-conference first team.

JU also saw three other players named to postseason honorary squads via vote of the A-Sun’s head coaches. Freshman Flavia Nagayama was named to the all-conference second team and joined teammate Gabriela Bartos in being selected for the all-freshman squad. Larry Condez also was chosen for the ASun’s men’s tennis all-freshman team.

Castaing became just the second player in JU history to win the “Player of the year” award, joining Emese Sulyos, who earned the honor in 2004 and 2007. Castaing finished the regular season 19-2 and 10-0 against conference opponents from first singles.

The Dax, France native will carry an 11-match winning streak into JU’s quarterfinal matchup against UNF in the opener of the A-Sun Tournament on Thursday. Castaing tallied a combined singles and doubles record of 36-6 to help the Dolphins return to the A-Sun Championship, which they previously won in 2007 and 2008.

“I am so happy for Eve being voted “Player of the Year” for the Atlantic Sun Conference,” JU head coach Justin Miles said. “She is very deserving of the award since I know she has earned it with a great attitude and work ethic. She has had a great season and I am so proud of her and everything she has done to represent JU is a positive manner on and off the court.”

Nagayama won the first nine matches of her collegiate career and posted an 18-3 overall singles record. The Sao Paulo, Brazil native went 9-1 against the ASun and found a comfort zone playing at third singles, going 15-1 in that spot.

Bartos went 13-8 and complemented Castaing by registering a 12-6 record at second singles. Bartos and Castaing also teamed for a 16-4 doubles record.

Condez was named to the all-freshman team after winning six of his last seven matches. With a 10-9 singles record, Condez was one of three JU players to finish with a record greater than .500. The Jacksonville, Fla. product was 7-2 playing from the fourth singles spot and 7-3 against ASun competition.

“Flavia Nagayama, Gabriela Bartos, and Larry Condez being voted for conference awards serve as a testament to their dedication and hard work,” Miles said. “Their play shows that the future of JU tennis is very bright with lots of young talent. I congratulate all of them because they are very deserving. I know that they will have many more awards to come as they improve even more in the future.”

The sixth-seeded JU women’s tennis team will face third-seed UNF on Thursday at 11:30 a.m.