April 19, 2012

Berna, Blanchard Crack All-Conference Team

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Coker College women's tennis players Cora Berna (Torrievieja, Spain) and Alyssa Blanchard (Irmo, S.C.) were named to the Conference Carolinas All-Conference First Team.

Blanchard, the 2010-11 Conference Carolinas Player of the Year, played at No. 1 singles for the Cobras and went 13-5 overall with an 8-2 mark in conference play during the regular season.

Berna, the team's No. 2 singles player, was 13-6 overall and 9-1 inside the conference.

"It's exciting to see that these girls' talents were recognized by the coaches around the league," said head coach Tom Simpson. "Both girls constantly strive to be the best at their games, and their hard work was evident throughout the season. I'm very proud of them for their accomplishments."

Berna is a sophomore early childhood education and elementary education double major; Blanchard is a senior business administration major.

The Conference Carolinas All-Conference Teams were determined by vote from each head coach of participating league institutions. Awards were presented at the league banquet.

Conference Carolinas is a NCAA Division II athletic conference made up of 12 teams from North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. These institutions consist of Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, Coker College, Converse College, Erskine College, King College, Lees-McRae College, Limestone College, Mount Olive College, North Greenville University, Pfeiffer University and Queens University of Charlotte.

For more information, contact Chris Dougherty, Manager of Athletics Media Relations, at 843-383-8018 or cdougherty@coker.edu.

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Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.