Collin College's Women's Tennis won the Region V Championship and finished ninth in the nation with a strong performance at the National Junior College Athletic Association DI Championship, May 5-9 in Tyler.
"This is our best finish in around seven or eight years," Coach Marty Berryman said. "The girls fought hard from the opening match and we are excited to be in the top 10."
The team finished 9-8 against a very tough schedule, playing nationally-ranked NCAA DII teams in addition to their NJCAA DI counterparts, and did it with an overall team GPA above 3.0. This is Collin's first Region V title since 2015.
"We are excited about that and we are really glad about Makeilah Turnerwinning the 'Most Improved Sophomore' award in Region II for the (Intercollegiate Tennis Association)."
Berryman said Turner was the team's most valuable player this year because of both performance and positive attitude.
"When we recruited her for the team, we thought she would be somewhere near the middle of the line-up, but she has been a leader at the top of the line-up for the last two years," Berryman said.
The team had some ups and downs throughout the year including the loss of two players to injury, but they have come together throughout.
"One of the things that my sophomores were telling my two best freshmen returners – Rebekah Clark and Andrea Farris – was 'You've learned a lot, but we are always family and it takes a lot of work being together as a team,'" Berryman said.