June 13, 2007
Redshirt freshman Fani Chifchieva was named to the 2007 ITA All-America Team, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced. Chifchieva became the first women's tennis player in Auburn history to earn the recognition of All-American.
"I'm very proud of Fani and thrilled that she has become Auburn's first All-American in women's tennis," head coach Tim Gray said. "This is a very special achievement that is due to her hard work and dedication."
Chifchieva played each match at the No. 1 singles spot for the Tigers, finishing with an 18-8 record and a ranking of 16th after advancing to the round of 32 at the NCAA Singles Championships. The Plovdiv, Bulgaria native earned All-SEC First Team honors after helping lead Auburn to a share of the SEC West title, its first since 2002. Behind her 8-8 record against nationally ranked opponents, Chifchieva also helped lead the Tigers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2002.
To be named to the All-America Team, a singles player needs to be a top-16 seed in NCAA Singles Championships, reach the round of 16 in NCAA Singles Championships, or finish in the Top 20 of the final Fila Rankings. Players named to the team for their doubles play need to be a top-eight seed in NCAA Doubles Championships, reach the quarterfinals of NCAA Doubles Championship, or finish in Top 10 of final Fila Rankings.