Ogden, Utah – The Eastern Washington University men's tennis sophomore Robert Dula and women's tennis freshman Janaya Smith have been named to the All-Big Sky First Team and Second Team, respectively, as announced by the league office on Friday, May 1.
Both awards come after each player had a fantastic 2015 season playing at the number one position.
Dula, a native of Rijeka, Croatia, picked up his second straight First-Team selection after receiving the same honor last year as a freshman, joining Montana's Semion Branzburg as the only players to earn two-time selections. With a spring dual-match record of 9-10, Dula was integral in the Eagles' late season success, as he snagged four straight victories to end the year, while the EWU men's tennis team defeated three out of its last four opponents.
In doubles, while pairing up with junior Eduardo Martinez in the number one slot, Dula secured an 8-9 record, the best doubles record on the team.
Dula earned notable wins over the number one players from Seattle, Gonzaga, Weber State, Portland State, Montana, and Idaho.
Smith, a true freshman from Kingston, Tasmania, picked up her first career honor from the Big Sky as she accumulated a stellar 12-9 record in 2015. Only one of two freshman selected to the Second Team this year, Smith was dominant late in the season, triumphing over six of her last seven opponents. Smith was a major player in doubles and singles for Eastern, assisting in each of the EWU women's tennis team's five wins this year.
Smith played with sophomore Katrina Domingo in doubles for the majority of the season, accruing a record of 5-8 in number one doubles.
Smith found impressive singles wins over Boise State, Seattle, Northern Arizona, UNLV, Montana State, and Montana.
Both the men's and women's tennis teams missed the postseason in 2015, but experienced instances of success spaced throughout the year, earning the records of 7-14, and 5-16, respectively.