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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

April 29, 2010

Three Singles Players, Two Doubles Teams Named All-MIAA

MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State tennis players Veronica Castilla, Sureena Weir and Lindsay Weideman are among the five Bearcats honored on the 2010 All-MIAA Women's Tennis Team released Thursday by the conference office.

Castilla (17-5, 7-0 MIAA) is a first-team choice at number three singles. The 2007 MIAA Freshman of the Year, Castilla is a four-time All-MIAA pick. She earned second-team honors as a freshman and sophomore and has been a first-team choice the past two seasons. Castilla has combined for 140 collegiate wins in singles and doubles play.

Weir (18-4, 6-0 MIAA) and Weideman (14-7, 7-0 MIAA) are second-team selections at number four and five singles, respectively. Weir lost a first-team nod despite beating Washburn's Alyssa Castillo twice during the season by scores of 6-0, 6-4 and 6-1, 6-2. Castillo (15-8, 6-1 MIAA) was the first-team pick at number four.

In addition, Northwest's number two and three doubles teams earned second-team honors. Castilla and teammate Lisa Pendrak (15-7) were 6-1 in conference play with their lone loss occurring while playing in the number one doubles position. Weir and doubles partner Brittney Browning (9-1) were 4-1 from the three position.

In conference play, Northwest's Brittney Browning went 4-0 at the number six singles position and 2-1 at the number five position. Despite the 6-1 combined record, Browning had to settle for honorable mention honors at number six singles. First-team choice Alex Crowe from Emporia State went 5-1, but wasn't in the Hornet's lineup when Browning beat Crowe's replacement 6-0, 6-1. Second-team choice Mary Lausten from Nebraska-Omaha was 5-1 with a loss to Washburn's Kristin McKee, a player Browning beat during MIAA play. Browning played number five singles when Northwest beat the Mavericks 5-4.

Northwest went 7-0 in conference play to capture the MIAA's regular season championship. The Bearcats placed second to Washburn in the MIAA tournament and finished their season with a 17-7 record.


Trang Le Nguyen, Sr., Washburn

Faiga Schmidt, Southwest Baptist

Dave Alden, Washburn

Jolee Cook, Sr., Southwest Baptist

1S: Trang Le Nguyen, Sr., Washburn** [r1]
2S: Morgan Rainey, So., Washburn**
3S: Veronica Castilla, Sr., Northwest Missouri [r1]
4S: Alyssa Castillo, So., Washburn [r1]
5S: Kelsey Haas, Sr., Nebraska-Omaha** [r1]
6S: Alex Crowe, Fr., Emporia State
1D: Amanda Morris (So.)/Michelle Barger (Jr.), Emporia State
2D: Morgan Rainey (So.)/Whitley Zitsch (So.), Washburn
3D: Mary Lausten (So.)/Kelsie Olson (So.), Nebraska-Omaha

**Unanimous Selection
[r1] - Repeat first team selection from last season

1S: Jolee Cook, Sr., Southwest Baptist
2S: Amanda Morris, So., Emporia State
2S: Johanna Olsson, Sr., Southwest Baptist
3S: Whitley Zitsch, So., Washburn
4S: Jenna Hendrickson, Jr., Southwest Baptist
4S: Sureena Weir, Jr., Northwest Missouri
5S: Lindsay Weideman, Fr., Northwest Missouri
6S: Mary Lausten, So., Nebraska-Omaha
1D: Trang Le Nguyen (Sr.)/Alyssa Castillo (So.), Washburn
2D: Veronica Castilla (Sr.)/Lisa Pendrak (Sr.), Northwest Missouri
3D: Brittney Browning (Jr.)/Sureena Weir (Jr.), Northwest Missouri

[Note: Ties in voting created an additional spot at 2S and 4S]

Emporia State: Kirsten Ford, So., 3D; Emily Huston, Fr., 3D.

Nebraska-Omaha: Kelsie Olson, So., 2S; Heather Hottman, So., 3S/2D; Caitlin Christy, So., 6S; Samantha Thomas, So., 2D.

Northwest Missouri: Brittney Browning, Jr., 6S.

Southwest Baptist: Faiga Schmidt, Fr., 3S/1D; Sarah Sentlinger, Jr., 5S/2D; Jolee Cook, Sr., 1D; Johanna Olsson, Sr., 2D; Jenna Hendrickson, Jr., 3D; Misti Janisch, So., 3D; Crystal Guiot, So., 3D.

Truman: Amy Ochs, Jr., 1S; Kelsey Kuykendall, Jr., 3S.

Washburn: Annie Doole, So., 5S; Kristin McKee, So., 6S.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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