South Carolina State’s Hardeep Judge was named the 2019 Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year in voting by the conference’s head coaches and sports information directors.
Judge led S.C. State to the MEAC Southern Division regular-season title, going a perfect 5-0 in conference play and clinching the title on April 15 with a win over North Carolina Central (despite being picked to finish third in the preseason poll). Overall, the Lady Bulldogs went 13-4 and notched non-conference wins over the likes of Radford, Southern Illinois, Hampton, Fairfield and USC Upstate. From March 10 to March 30, South Carolina State went on a nine-match winning streak.
Zainab Bendahhou of S.C. State earned first-team All-MEAC honors. Divya Murali was named to the second team.
Marcelo Ramirez of S.C. State was named second-team All-MEAC among men players.
The 2019 MEAC Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships begin with women’s play on Thursday at 8:30 a.m., with the men starting at 1:30 p.m. The championship concludes on Saturday with the women’s final beginning at 9 a.m., followed by the men’s title match at 12 p.m.
All matches will be held at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center on the campus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.
Morgan State claimed the Northern Division’s top seed on the men’s side, with S.C. State earning the Southern Division’s No. 1 seed. On the women’s side, Norfolk State captured the Northern Division top seed, while South Carolina State notched the No. 1 slot in the Southern Division.
Morgan State will take on Florida A&M in quarterfinal action on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.; simultaneously, South Carolina State will take on Coppin State. The 4 p.m. matches on Thursday will be North Carolina Central vs. Howard and Norfolk State vs. Bethune-Cookman.
Morgan State went 5-0 in women’s conference play, but the defending champions are ineligible; thus, Norfolk State is the top seed in the Northern Division after going 4-1 in league play.
South Carolina State will take on Coppin State at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Florida A&M vs. Delaware State and North Carolina Central vs. Howard will follow at 11 a.m.