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May 18th, 2004, 12:45 PM
Two former players die in plane crash

http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/sports/8691393.htm

By JON SOLOMON

Staff Writer


CLEMSON — Two former Clemson women’s tennis players died in a plane crash Saturday night near the Grand Canyon, school officials confirmed Monday.

Milena Stanoycheva, 26, and Ania Dolinska, 22, were among four people killed when the plane crashed while en route to Las Vegas, where Stanoycheva was to be married that night..

Also killed were Stanoycheva’s fiancee, Albert Glen Howle, 33, of Greenville; and his father Jerry Howle, 57, of Reno, Nev., who was piloting the amateur-built plane.

Stanoycheva was still enrolled in graduate school at Clemson. She was an All-ACC player two years ago. Dolinska played at Georgia State this season after transferring in 2003. She earned three varsity letters at Clemson.

The single-engine plane was heading to North Las Vegas when it crashed about a mile from the Grand Canyon due to unknown reasons, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman told the Associated Press.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating.

The pilot had been speaking with a traffic controller when contact with the plane was lost, the FAA said. The crash occurred south of the Grand Canyon on the Hualapai Indian Reservation and was witnessed by people on the canyon’s North Rim, officials told the AP.

“It’s such a terrible loss," Clemson coach Nancy Harris said.

The women met in 2001, when Stanoycheva transferred from a junior college and Dolinska arrived as a freshman, and became fast friends.

"Ania always looked up to Milena," said current tennis player Richele LeSaldo, who was roommates and played doubles with them as a freshman.

"Ania would joke around and say, ‘Milena’s my mom.’”

Stanoycheva, originally from Bulgaria, had a 30-28 singles record and a 26-24 doubles mark during her two seasons. She was Clemson’s No. 3 singles player in 2001 and made the All-ACC team in 2002 at No. 6 singles with a 22-16 record.

Stanoycheva graduated from Clemson in May 2003 with a degree in management and was pursuing a master’s in human resource development, assistant sports information director Anne Miller said. Both women were academic All-Americans.

Dolinska, a native of Poland, was 26-27 as a singles player and 39-44 in doubles between 2001 and 2003.

She played primarily on Clemson’s No. 2 and 3 doubles teams before transferring to Georgia State, where she was the No. 5 singles at last month’s Atlantic Sun Conference tournament.

Harris and LeSaldo remembered Stanoycheva as a caring person always looking to help, and Dolinska for how she lived life to its fullest.

Dolinska’s daring side was evident when the Clemson players, participating in a team-bonding exercise, once walked on a rope 30 feet above the ground.

“Milena and I were so scared,” LeSaldo said. “We’d stop and rest at different stations to cry, and we’d look back and see Ania breezing through with a huge smile on her face. She liked risks like that.”

Clemson players learned of the deaths in a team meeting Sunday night after celebrating their NCAA Tournament victory against South Carolina. Several current players were teammates with Stanoycheva and Dolinska.

“They’re tremendously upset. It was very devastating news for them,” Harris said. “It really takes your nerves away from tennis and puts a lot of things in perspective.”

When Clemson plays a round-of-16 match Thursday against Texas A&M, the players will wear a white tiger paw with the women’s initials on their sleeves.

Harris had recently received a Bulgarian doll from Stanoycheva that she always wanted to give her coach.

Last Friday, Stanoycheva sent an e-mail message congratulating Harris on the team’s success and wishing the Tigers luck.

Harris read the message to the team Sunday night.

“She was so proud of us for having a great season, and she said she was sure we could win the national championship,” LeSaldo said. “She said she was keeping her fingers crossed and she’d be watching out for us.”

SelesFan70
May 18th, 2004, 01:18 PM
I was born and raised in SC, and I've always hated Clemson! But this is not the kind of news I would want on anyone. :sad:

azinna
May 18th, 2004, 01:21 PM
This is horrible news. What a loss. Bride, groom, father-in-law, perhaps maid-of-honor. And on the actual wedding day? Terrible.

I just wish people would stop with the self-piloted planes. The feeling as a pilot may be wonderful, but think of the consequences of even the slightest trouble.

croat123
May 18th, 2004, 01:22 PM
:sad::sad:

St.Sebastian
May 18th, 2004, 01:54 PM
Ania Dolinska? :eek: :sad: :sad:

R.I.P. :sad:

Mase
May 18th, 2004, 01:56 PM
:sad::sad::sad:

mentos
May 18th, 2004, 01:58 PM
my condolences to their loved ones. this is devasting.

New_balls_please
May 18th, 2004, 01:59 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad: :crying2: :crying2:

ozfan44
May 18th, 2004, 02:02 PM
this is sooooooo sad
best wishes to all their relatives

Annika18
May 18th, 2004, 02:24 PM
:sad:

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
May 18th, 2004, 02:26 PM
OMG :sad: this is my school! :sad:

Thoughts with the families.

bgbgbg
May 18th, 2004, 02:34 PM
Milena's brother is best player in Bulgarian men's tennis history and Davis Cup captain Orlin Stanoytchev

doby
May 18th, 2004, 03:19 PM
Milena Stanoycheva


http://graphics.fansonly.com/photos/schools/clem/sports/w-tennis/01-action/milena-stanoycheva.jpg

Rocketta
May 18th, 2004, 03:45 PM
Gee, that's sad. :sad: :sad: :sad:

That has to be the most horrible way to die in a little plane. :scared:

hythger
May 18th, 2004, 04:41 PM
that's so sad!!:sad: :sad:

graf630
May 18th, 2004, 05:12 PM
such sad news may they rest in peace, and may God grant their family members strength to carry on

Richie77
May 18th, 2004, 05:47 PM
That's awful news :sad:

TeamUla
May 4th, 2011, 05:39 PM
Next week we're gonna have a Memorial tournament for Dolinska here in Warsaw for 16&U teenagers. People in Polish Federation remember about her. At the start of the tournament there will be a mess in a church for her. Still very missed. How about Stanoycheva? Did Bulgarians do anything to commemorate her death?
http://www.deski.org/images/stories/zalaczniki/dolinska/vii_memorial-plakat.png

Just Do It
May 4th, 2011, 05:52 PM
A mess in the church ? I never heard of them but it is so sad.

TeamUla
May 4th, 2011, 05:58 PM
I mean mass :)

Super Dave
May 4th, 2011, 06:00 PM
:sad:

Sammo
May 4th, 2011, 06:04 PM
Never heard of them

Wiggly
May 4th, 2011, 06:35 PM
That will be a nice tribute. :hug:

edificio
May 4th, 2011, 06:45 PM
Sad story. I didn't read this back in 2004. Seeing her picture, so young and full of life. Sad. Nice way to remember her with a tournament for young players.

RenaSlam.
May 4th, 2011, 06:47 PM
:sad:

Condolences.

Pasta-Na
May 4th, 2011, 07:08 PM
:hug:

shoparound
May 4th, 2011, 07:40 PM
Omg, really sad news, especially before the wedding night

dragonflies
May 4th, 2011, 07:58 PM
[quote=bgbgbg;3497454]Two former players die in plane crash

http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/sports/8691393.htm

By JON SOLOMON

Staff Writer


CLEMSON — Two former Clemson women’s tennis players died in a plane crash Saturday night near the Grand Canyon, school officials confirmed Monday.

Milena Stanoycheva, 26, and Ania Dolinska, 22, were among four people killed when the plane crashed while en route to Las Vegas, where Stanoycheva was to be married that night..

Also killed were Stanoycheva’s fiancee, Albert Glen Howle, 33, of Greenville; and his father Jerry Howle, 57, of Reno, Nev., who was piloting the amateur-built plane.

Stanoycheva was still enrolled in graduate school at Clemson. She was an All-ACC player two years ago. Dolinska played at Georgia State this season after transferring in 2003. She earned three varsity letters at Clemson.

The single-engine plane was heading to North Las Vegas when it crashed about a mile from the Grand Canyon due to unknown reasons, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman told the Associated Press.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating.

The pilot had been speaking with a traffic controller when contact with the plane was lost, the FAA said. The crash occurred south of the Grand Canyon on the Hualapai Indian Reservation and was witnessed by people on the canyon’s North Rim, officials told the AP.

“It’s such a terrible loss," Clemson coach Nancy Harris said.

The women met in 2001, when Stanoycheva transferred from a junior college and Dolinska arrived as a freshman, and became fast friends.

"Ania always looked up to Milena," said current tennis player Richele LeSaldo, who was roommates and played doubles with them as a freshman.

"Ania would joke around and say, ‘Milena’s my mom.’”

Stanoycheva, originally from Bulgaria, had a 30-28 singles record and a 26-24 doubles mark during her two seasons. She was Clemson’s No. 3 singles player in 2001 and made the All-ACC team in 2002 at No. 6 singles with a 22-16 record.

Stanoycheva graduated from Clemson in May 2003 with a degree in management and was pursuing a master’s in human resource development, assistant sports information director Anne Miller said. Both women were academic All-Americans.

Dolinska, a native of Poland, was 26-27 as a singles player and 39-44 in doubles between 2001 and 2003.

She played primarily on Clemson’s No. 2 and 3 doubles teams before transferring to Georgia State, where she was the No. 5 singles at last month’s Atlantic Sun Conference tournament.

Harris and LeSaldo remembered Stanoycheva as a caring person always looking to help, and Dolinska for how she lived life to its fullest.

Dolinska’s daring side was evident when the Clemson players, participating in a team-bonding exercise, once walked on a rope 30 feet above the ground.

“Milena and I were so scared,” LeSaldo said. “We’d stop and rest at different stations to cry, and we’d look back and see Ania breezing through with a huge smile on her face. She liked risks like that.”

Clemson players learned of the deaths in a team meeting Sunday night after celebrating their NCAA Tournament victory against South Carolina. Several current players were teammates with Stanoycheva and Dolinska.

“They’re tremendously upset. It was very devastating news for them,” Harris said. “It really takes your nerves away from tennis and puts a lot of things in perspective.”

When Clemson plays a round-of-16 match Thursday against Texas A&M, the players will wear a white tiger paw with the women’s initials on their sleeves.

Harris had recently received a Bulgarian doll from Stanoycheva that she always wanted to give her coach.

Last Friday, Stanoycheva sent an e-mail message congratulating Harris on the team’s success and wishing the Tigers luck.

Harris read the message to the team Sunday night.

“She was so proud of us for having a great season, and she said she was sure we could win the national championship,” LeSaldo said. “She said she was keeping her fingers crossed and she’d be watching out for us.”[/quote


Such a tragedy that's so sad.:sad: . On their wedding day no less. Hope the family hold up .

Flying on small planes, especially the self built ones is very dangerous comparing to the big ones in the airports due to lacking of preparation, sturdiness and communication. They shouldn't have tried that, esp on such an important event.

Drake1980
May 4th, 2011, 08:25 PM
OMFG! That is horrible!

vejh
May 4th, 2011, 09:34 PM
This happened in 2004, no? Still sad anywayz.

hurricanejeanne
May 5th, 2011, 01:13 AM
Nice to see them being remembered.

Tweety Snape
May 5th, 2011, 01:20 AM
*moment of silence*

Aryman3
May 5th, 2011, 03:00 AM
Żegnaj Aniu

BlueTrees
May 5th, 2011, 03:08 AM
Never heard of them. :shrug:

:sad:

Ivanovic2008
May 5th, 2011, 03:17 AM
:sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:

égalité
May 5th, 2011, 05:05 AM
News is 7 years old :unsure:

Still terrible. :sad:

Safe-From-Harm
May 5th, 2011, 07:25 AM
R.i.p.