ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Three great players and one coach were recognized by the Big South Conference today by being named to the league’s All-Decade team for women’s tennis in the 1980’s.
Jenee Cross, Stacey Carter and Leigh-Ann Caldwell were named to the Big South All-Decade team along with former head coach Karl Johnston. Cross was named to the All-Decade both in singles and doubles play.
The trio of players helped lead the Bulldogs to Big South Conference championships in 1988 and 1989 to go along with the program’s title in 1987. Cross was named Big South Player of the Year in 1988, 1989 and 1989 and did not lose a league match in singles until her senior year. She played every match of her career at #1 flight both singles and doubles. Cross was elected to UNC Asheville’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005.
Caldwell played at #2 flight and won two singles championships in 1988 and 1989, while Carter won singles titles in 1988 and 1989 at #4 flight.
Johnston coached the Asheville men’s and women’s program from 1988 through 1993 and was named Big South Conference Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1989.