Cierra Gaytan-Leach Earns All-SEC Honors

MUTIGERS.COM Senior Cierra Gaytan-Leach was named to the 2014 All-SEC second team, becoming Mizzou's first all-conference selection since 2005.
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Senior Cierra Gaytan-Leach was named to the 2014 All-SEC second team, becoming Mizzou's first all-conference selection since 2005.
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April 23, 2014

COLUMBIA, Mo. - University of Missouri senior tennis player Cierra Gaytan-Leach (Corona del Mar, Calif.) was named to the 2014 All-Southeastern Conference second team, released by the league office today. Gaytan-Leach's selection marks the first time a Tiger tennis player earned all-conference honors since 2005.

"We are so proud of Cierra," Mizzou Head Coach Sasha Schmid said. "She had a great season against very tough competition. For the coaches to vote Cierra to the second team is a great honor."

A native of Corona del Mar, Calif., Gaytan-Leach concluded her career with a 14-11 singles record and an 11-11 doubles mark in the spring season while playing the nation's top players at the No. 1 position. She tied classmate Rachel Stuhlmann with a team high three singles wins, while four of her seven SEC losses came in three sets. In her final nine singles matches of the season, she posted a mark of 7-2.

Gaytan-Leach posted four singles wins over ranked opponents in the spring season, including Rice's Natalie Beazant (No. 60), Mississippi State's Georgiana Patrasc (No. 66), LSU's Joana Vale Costa (No. 69) and Tennessee's Eve Repic (No. 94). In Mizzou's SEC Championship second round loss to Texas A&M, Gaytan-Leach led No. 11 Cristina Stancu in the third set. However, the match was suspended when the Aggie's clinched the team win.

In two seasons at Mizzou after transferring from Texas, Gaytan-Leach went 37-30 at No. 1 singles, all while playing 20 ranked opponents.

Gaytan-Leach is the first Tiger to earn all-conference honors since 2005, when Katka Sevcikova was named to the All-Big 12 Conference singles team.

2014 SEC Women's Tennis Awards

First Team All-SEC
Erin Routliffe, Alabama
Pleun Burgmans, Auburn
Alexandra Cercone, Florida
Brianna Morgan, Florida
Olivia Janowicz, Florida
Silvia Garcia, Georgia
Lauren Herring, Georgia
Maho Kowase, Georgia
Georgiana Patrasc, Mississippi State
Elixane Lechemia, South Carolina
Cristina Stancu, Texas A&M
Frances Altick, Vanderbilt

 

 

Second Team All-SEC
Luicelena Perez, Alabama
Maya Jansen, Alabama
Emily Flickinger, Auburn
Sofie Oyen, Florida
Aldila Sutjiadi, Kentucky
Joana Vale Costa, LSU
Julia Jones, Ole Miss
Cierra Gaytan-Leach, Missouri
Eve Repic, Tennessee
Saska Gavrilovska, Texas A&M
Marie Casares, Vanderbilt
Georgina Sellyn, Vanderbilt

All-Freshman
Erin Routliffe, Alabama
Sydney Campbell, Vanderbilt
Joana Vale Costa, LSU
Saska Gavrilovska, Texas A&M
Eve Repic, Tennessee
Danielle Spielmann, Alabama

Player of the Year
Lauren Herring, Georgia

Freshman of the Year
Erin Routliffe, Alabama
Sydney Campbell, Vanderbilt

Coach of the Year
Jenny Mainz, Alabama

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Mary Anne Daines, Alabama

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