May 21, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
West Point may be buzzing with graduation exercises just six days away, but head Army women's tennis coach Paul Peck and his Black Knights are already looking ahead as the team named its 2013-14 co-captains. Selected to serve in the coveted role in their final season on the banks of the Hudson are rising seniors Jamila Paul and Margaret Iliev.
"We have a great rising senior class and all of them would have made tremendous team captains," Peck said. "Jamila and Margaret have really stepped up over the last year, proven themselves and will do a great job leading us through next season."
Paul is a three-time All-Patriot League performer who has averaged 21 singles wins and 22 doubles wins over her first three years at the Academy. Named the 2013 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Paul played primarily at Nos. 1 and 2 singles and doubles, posting records of 24-6 and 28-7, respectively. A native of Bulverde, Texas, she provided the match-clinching point in Army's Patriot League semifinal win over Colgate, which helped propel Army to its ninth-straight Patriot League title.
Iliev has become a staple in Army's doubles game. The West Haverstraw, N.Y., native teamed with freshman Carolyn Pitman at No. 3 doubles throughout the spring. The duo produced a 16-6 record, went 12-4 in dual matches and 5-0 against Patriot League opponents. Iliev broke into Army's career doubles wins list with 77 to rank eighth all-time.
The Black Knights bid farewell to 2012-13 co-captains Erin Colton and Larraine Saavedra, both of whom graduate during commencement exercises on Saturday. Army welcomes back five starters in both singles and doubles, including all-league performers Paul, Pitman and freshman Eva Sung.