NJIT Repeats as GWC Women's Tennis Champion
April 22, 2012
HARLINGEN, Texas -
NJIT claimed its second straight GWC Women's Tennis Championship with a 4-1 victory over No. 2 seed Seattle U at the HEB Tennis Center in Harlingen, Texas.
The Highlanders finished the season with a school-record 21 wins, a 21-3 overall record and were led by first-team All-GWC performers Monika Graff and Ksenia Kuzmenko, while Carolina Zanotta received second-team all-conference honors and was named Newcomer of the Year.
Seattle's Katrina Schwab was named GWC Player of the Year and received first-team All-GWC honors, along with her teammate Lindsey Newman. Also making all-conference for the Redhawks was Sarah Lucas who was named to the second team.
The Highlanders earned the first point of the match taking the first two doubles contests. Nina Mayevska and Jana Luste defeated Schwab and Corinne Wurden, 8-0, in the No. 1 doubles position, while Graff and Zanotta teamed for an 8-3 victory at third doubles over Newman and Gabriella Weissmann.
At the No. 1 singles position, Kuzmenko defeated Schwab, 6-3, 7-5, while Luste won in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0, over Weissmann. Zanotta took the No. 5 singles match over Wurden, 6-1, 6-1. Scoring the point for Seattle U was Newman with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Mayevska at the No. 2 spot.
In the third-place match, Chicago State defeated host Texas-Pan American, 4-3, while CSU Bakersfield won the fifth-place match over North Dakota, 4-2.
Other athletes receiving All-GWC honors were North Dakota's Stephanie Petsis and Chicago State's Rosalina Tejoprayitno on the first team. CSU's Rosalia Tejoprayitno, CSUB's Julian Mannix, and UTPA's Wanda Beguelin and Dana Nazarova were named to the second team. Chicago State's Jack Barton was named Coach of the Year.
2012 Women's Tennis All-GWC Team
Player of the Year - Katrina Schwab, SU
Newcomer of the Year - Carolina Zanotta, NJIT
Coach of the Year - Jack Barton, CSU
Monica Graff, NJIT
Ksenia Kuzmenko, NJIT
Lindsey Newman, SU
Stephanie Petsis, UND
Katrina Schwab, SU
Rosalina Tejoprayitno, CSU
Wanda Beguelin, UTPA
Sarah Lucas, SU
Julian Mannix, CSUB
Dana Nazarova, UTPA
Rosalia Tejoprayitno, CSU
Carolina Zanotta, NJIT