AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) announced the 2018 PBC Hall of Fame class this week, with Georgia College Women's Tennis alum Lilia (Biktyakova) McMichael making the eight-member class.
McMichael was a four-time All-American for the Georgia College women's tennis team from 1998-2001. A native of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, she was among the first five women's tennis players in PBC history to be named All-Conference all four years she played.
Named the 2001 Georgia College Female Athlete of the Year, she was the ITA Rolex Regional Doubles Champion and National Runner-Up for three seasons (1998-2000). She finished the 2000 season ranked No. 15 nationally in singles and was ranked No. 12 in 2001. In doubles, she finished 2000 ranked No. 3 with PBC Hall of Fame partner Julia (Roudkovskaya) Dimitrov; the duo were also ranked No. 3 in the nation following the 2001 season.
Biktyakova graduated in 2002 with a BA in business administration. She worked at Georgia College in the Budget Office until 2016, receiving her Masters in Public Administration in 2010. She married fellow GC Hall of Famer Alex McMichael and works at Emory University. The couple have two children.
These eight will be inducted on May 29 at the PBC Awards Dinner in Hilton Head, South Carolina. The 2018 class is the second Hall of Fame class for the league. They join the inaugural class of 25 inducted in 2016 as part of the league's 25th Anniversary celebration. There are now 33 PBC Hall of Famers - 20 former student-athletes and 13 coaches and administrators.
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