Shah And Stoyanova Named Academic All-MAC

BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo women's tennis team placed two student-athletes on the Academic All-Mid-American Conference team, the league office announced on Tuesday morning.  Making the squad were seniors Tanvi Shah and Marta Stoyanova.  For Shah, this is the second time she has been named to the Academic All-MAC team, while the honor for Stoyanova is her first.

Shah is a communications major with a 3.47 GPA and she was selected to the All-MAC Second Team following the 2014 season.  She finished the year with a 16-10 singles record, including an 11-6 mark at first singles.  In doubles action, she went 20-10, including a 12-7 mark at first doubles.  Shah finished her career with the Bulls having been named to the All-MAC team all three years she was at Buffalo and was named Academic All-MAC both years that she was eligible.

Stoyanova is a business administration major with a 3.65 GPA and she had her best season in 2013-14 as she went 20-7 in singles, tied for second on the team in wins.  She went 10-3 at sixth singles and 4-1 at fifth singles during the year, helping the Bulls to their 15-6 record.  She went 14-14 in doubles action, picking up over half of her wins at second doubles.

Three more Bulls were named honorable mention selections including seniors Miranda Podlas and Anamaria Candanoza and junior Laura Fernandez.

"In my opinion this award is the pinnacle of what we strive for on our team success in the classroom and on the court," said head coach Kristen Maines.  "This is a terrific end to a fabulous career at UB for our seniors!!"

The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.