Tusculum University women's tennis player Annie McCullough has been named the Applebee's Female Student-Athlete of the Month for October.
McCullough was unbeaten in both singles (6-0) and doubles (7-0) as the Pioneers finished up their fall schedule with competitions at Western Carolina and Georgia Gwinnett.
In the Western Carolina Invitational, McCullough had straight-set wins at number-one singles against players from Division I Western Carolina and Presbyterian. She also teamed with twin sister Caitlin McCullough for three wins at flight one of doubles, with a win over North Carolina A&T in addition to victories over Western Carolina and Presbyterian. The McCulloughs won 18 games to six by their opponents in the three matches.
The Belfast, Northern Ireland native then won the singles "A" draw championship and teamed with Caitlin for the doubles title at the Grizzly Open, hosted by defending NAIA champion Georgia Gwinnett. Seeded fifth in the draw, McCullough went 4-0 to win the championship, needing 10-point tiebreaker victories in the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals.
Along the way, McCullough defeated two players from Division I Alabama State to move into the semifinals, where she knocked off the top seed from Georgia Gwinnett before beating NAIA 11th-ranked Henar Munoz in the final. The McCulloughs had an easier path to the doubles title, defeating opponents from West Georgia and Alabama State before beating Tusculum teammates Emilie Hansen and Amber Lackey in the semifinals. The duo then beat the sixth-ranked NAIA doubles team in the finals to win the title.
The Tusculum Student-Athlete of the Month Award is sponsored by Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar of Greeneville. The Applebee's Student-Athlete of the Month Award honors one male and one female student-athlete each month from an in-season sport during the 2018-2019 academic year, recognizing their hard work, effort and performance.