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Kellie Schmitt Named Marshall Athlete of the Week

April 16, 2009

Marshall University's women's tennis senior Kellie Schmitt (Pittsburgh, Pa.) has been selected as the Marshall Student-Athlete of the Week.

Schmitt was named the C-USA Athlete of the Week earlier this week. This is Schmitt's 10th career weekly honor and her third in 2009 (Jan. 20 and Feb. 3). The three honors this season are tied for the most in a single season for a women's tennis player. Schmitt's 10 career honors are the most ever for a C-USA women's tennis player and are tied for fifth all-time for any C-USA student-athlete.

Schmitt, the reigning two-time C-USA Women's Tennis Player of the Year, went 3-0 at No. 1 singles and doubles as she led the Thundering Herd to victories over Louisville and Pittsburgh.

In No. 72 Marshall's tough 4-3 loss to No. 62 Virginia Tech, the senior did her part as she teamed with partner Karolina Soor (Lindesburg, Sweden) to defeat the 56th-ranked pair of Jessica Brouwer and Holly Johnson, 8-5. In singles against the Hokies, No. 68 Schmitt downed Inga Beerman, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

Against Pitt and Louisville, the senior was perfect at the top spots in the Herd lineup. With their doubles win against Pitt, the duo of Schmitt and Soor pushed their winning streak to five and it propelled Schmitt into the top spot on the team's all-time doubles wins list with 108.