May 9, 2008
MIAA Announces All-Tennis Teams
KANSAS CITY, Mo.-Eleven Northwest Missouri State men's and women's tennis players have earned All-MIAA honors as voted on by the league's coaches and announced by the conference office this week.
Heding the list is senior Lucas Ariboni, who's listed as a first-team singles selection for the fourth year in a row. Ariboni is 12-10 this season in singles play, has 10 doubles victories and has won 45 singles matches in his four-year career.
The doubles tandem of senior Jake Saulsbury and freshman Giovanni Auricchio also earned first-team honors. The duo has compiled a 12-2 record at No. 3 doubles. Auricchio also earned second-team honors for his play at No. 5 singles, where he's 16-5 this season. His 16 wins are tied for second-most on the team.
Also earning second-team honors are junior Daniel Usieto (18-6) at No. 3 singles, sophomore Felipe Gennari (16-7) at No. 4 singles and the doubles tandem of Genarri and freshman Vigit Sehgal, who are 13-7 overall and 10-2 at No. 2 doubles.
Sehgal was named the MIAA's Freshman of the Year. Sehgal was 11-3 at No. 2 singles before being promoted to the top spot late in the season. He sports a 15-10 overall record and adds 15 wins in doubles play.
The Northwest women's team had four first-team selections headed by top singles player Kristina Vucenov (29-4), a senior who's broken Northwest's single-season record for singles victories. Add her doubles resume and she's won 50 matches this season against nine losses.
Vucenov won the ITA Regional in the fall and was ranked ninth nationally for much of this season, but was overlooked by the head coaches in the MVP ballot. After voting Vucenov as the top player in the league, the coaches' decided Washburn's Diana Goldsmith was its Most Valuable Player. Goldsmith was a second-team All-MIAA selection in both singles and doubles and lost two of three head-to-head matches against Vucenov.
Earning first-team honors in singles play for the second year in a row was sophomore Lisa Pendrak, who anchored the Bearcats' lineup and compiled a mark of 20-6.
Juniors Jordan Lipira (20-8) and Lina Gomez (16-6) teamed for a 17-1 record at No. 3 doubles and were rewarded as one of three first-team doubles tandems. Both earned second-team honors for their work in singles.
Vucenov and sophomore Veronica Castilla were 17-5 as the Bearcats' No. 2 doubles team and were second-team honorees.
Saulsbury (5-16), who spent much of the year in the top spot of the Bearcats' lineup, and senior Carolina Amaral (14-3) who played No. 1 doubles and No. 5 singles earned honorable mention honors.
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