Debbie Michelson, Shilpa Reddy Named to UAA 25th Anniversary Women’s Tennis Team
St. Louis, Mo., April 22, 2013 – Former Washington University in St. Louis standouts Debbie Michelson and Shilpa Reddy were each named to the University Athletic Association (UAA) 25th Anniversary Women’s Tennis Team, as announced by the Association in honor of its silver anniversary.
The 25th Anniversary Team consists of each student-athlete who was named Most Valuable Player or accumulated at least five points with two points awarded for All-Association first-team singles recognition and one point for second-team singles honors in her career. Players who captured the top-flight singles title in years preceding the designation of a Most Valuable Player (1989-93) were also selected to the team.
Michelson was a four-time first-team all-UAA singles selection from 1989-92 for Washington University. The Bears’ all-time wins leader (183), she qualified for the NCAA Division III Singles Championship three times (1990-92) and for the Doubles Championship twice (1990, 1992). As a senior, Michelson posted a 21-1 singles mark, with her only loss coming in the NCAA Division III semifinal to the two-time national champion. She earned All-America honors that season, becoming the first women’s tennis player in Washington University to do so. Michelson was inducted into the Washington University Hall of Fame in 1997.
Reddy was named to the 25th Anniversary Team after earning second-team all-UAA singles accolades in 1999 and first-team recognition in 2000 and 2002. She finished her career with 120 wins, which is tied for eighth on Washington University’s all-time wins list. Reddy also excelled off the court for the Bears, earning Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III Scholar-Athlete honors in 2001 and 2002, as well as being named to the Academic All-District first team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in 2002.
Thirty-two individuals were named to the 25th Anniversary Team, including a conference-best 22 from Emory University. In 25 years, 27 teams from the UAA have finished in the top-eight with 17 advancing to the NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championship Final Four. Emory and University of Chicago have each finished among the top-four in each of the past four seasons.