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May 31, 2014

NSU’s Savchenkov named ITA All-American

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Kristina Savchenkov was named a 2014 ITA Division II Women’s Tennis All-American in singles, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced Friday morning.

The sophomore from Moscow, Russia, ended the season ranked No. 14 in the country after posting an 18-6 mark overall during the dual season at the No. 1 singles position. She was also recently named to the All-MIAA First Team in doubles and the All-MIAA Second Team in singles.

Savchenkov becomes the seventh ITA All-American at NSU in the NCAA D-II era (since 1997) and the first since 2003. Former ITA All-Americans at Northeastern State include Neus Barbera (2003), Zorana Stefanovic (2002-03), Maite Vila (2001), Evelina Akkers (2001), Zdena Rebekova (2000), and Sanja Milas (1999).

To earn All-American status by the ITA, a player must finish in the top 20 of the final ITA College Tennis Singles Rankings or finish in the top 10 of the final ITA College Tennis Doubles Rankings.

Savchenkov is also the 10th student-athlete at Northeastern State to be named an All-American since NSU joined the MIAA prior to the 2012-13 academic year.

NORTHEASTERN STATE ALL-AMERICANS SINCE JOINING THE MIAA

Langston Jones, Football

Michael Bowie, Football

Bryton Hobbs, Men’s Basketball

Taylor Lewis, Women’s Basketball

Bo White, Men’s Soccer

Jordan Schmoker, Men’s Soccer

Eric Crawford, Men’s Soccer

Juan Peralta, Men’s Soccer

Cody Robinson, Baseball

Kristina Savchenkov, Women’s Tennis

NSU women's basketball inks 2 JUCO transfers

Northeastern State women’s basketball coach Randy Gipson announced Friday the addition of two junior college transfers to National Letters of Intent.

Gipson has added forward Danielle Robertson and guard Caley Shaffstall to the women’s basketball program for the 2014-15 season. The duo joins a class that already includes five incoming freshmen. Robertson will have two years of eligibility remaining, while Shaffstall will have three.

“We are very pleased that Caley and Danielle will be joining our program. They will bring college experience, energy and offensive skill,” Gipson said. “I’m confident they will both be great additions to our group of focused student-athletes.

Roberston, a 5-foot-10 forward from Austin, Texas, comes to Tahlequah after having spent two collegiate seasons at MCC-Penn Valley in Kansas City. She played in 43 career games and made 36 starts as a member of the Scouts. She averaged 11.2 points per game and 5.4 rebounds in her two seasons. She also averaged 15.8 points and 5.6 rebounds as a sophomore and was named to the 2014 NJCAA All-Region 16 First Team. Her career shooting percentages were 38.5 percent (190-for-493) from the field, 34.7 percent (34-for-98) from behind the three-point line and 78.8 percent (78-for-99) from the free-throw line. She also had 53 assists, 64 steals and 28 blocks in her two seasons and helped her team win the region championship as a freshman. She was also a three-year letterwinner at Round Rock High School, earning second-team all-district honors senior year. She helped lead RRHS to the playoffs each of her last three years. Robertson played volleyball in high school as a freshman and was a member of the track team freshman and sophomore years. She was coached in high school by Rhina Palazuelos and is the daughter of Andre and Jennifer Robertson.

Shaffstall, a 5-9 guard from Kansas City, Mo., is transferring to Northeastern State after playing one year at Cottey College in Nevada, Mo. She started all 24 games this past season and averaged 14.2 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game. She was named to the 2014 NJCAA All-Region 16 First Team for her efforts. She shot 45.3 percent (112-for-247) overall and connected on 76.4 percent (68-for-89) from the free-throw line and 39 percent (48-for-123) from downtown. She also finished the season with 108 assists, 59 steals and 12 blocks and was seventh in the NJCAA with a 3.1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Shaffstall was the leading 3-point shooter in the state of Kansas in 2012 with 116 made 3-point field goals. She was a three-time NCHBC All-American and a 2011 Miss Basketball Showcase All-American. She was one of 16 finalists selected by CBS Sports for the 2012 High School 3-Point Shootout. She finished her high school career with 2,123 points, while averaging 20.1 ppg and 10.3 rpg as a senior. She is the daughter of Kevin and Teresa Shaffstall.

2014 SIGNEES

High School Seniors

Sara Fountain (5-11, F, Bunch Okla./Stilwell HS)

Miranda Griffin (5-6, G, Ketchum, Okla./Ketchum HS)

Alexis Hill (5-6, G, Garland, Texas/South Garland HS)

Bria Pierce (5-10, F, Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley North HS)

Destiny Strange (6-0, F, Arlington, Texas/Mansfield Summit HS)

JUCO Transfers

Danielle Robertson (Jr-TR, 5-10, F, Austin Texas/Round Rock HS/MCC-Penn Valley)

Caley Shaffstall (So-TR, 5-9, G, Kansas City, Mo./Home Schooled/Cottey College)

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