TIFTON, Ga. – Georgia College Tennis alum and GC Athletics Hall of Famer Luiza Biktyakova has added another Hall of Fame distinction to her athletic career, as she was listed in the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017.
Inducted to the GC Athletics Hall of Fame in the class of 2013, Biktyakova played two seasons for the Bobcats from 2002-04 after transferring from ABAC. A member of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Champions in 2003, she earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-America status in both of her two seasons.
Biktyakova twice earned All-PBC status, and was ITA/Rolex Region Doubles Champion twice with two different partners. Her pairing with Mia Paavilainen earned the duo national runners-up as well in 2002. A testament to her abilities as the complete student-athlete, Biktyakova is Georgia College's lone recipient of the ITA National Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship Award, that coming in 2003.
For the ABAC Golden Fillies, Biktyakova won the National Championship at No. 2 singles for the 2001 women's tennis team. She also teamed with Natalie Drabova to win the National Title at No. 1 doubles in 2001. Biktyakova became the first ABAC female tennis player to win the ITA National Small College Tournament in Dallas in October of 2001.
She was inducted April 7 in a dinner and ceremony as part of 2017 Homecoming Week at ABAC.
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