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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release


April 25, 2012

Bearcat women earn All-MIAA honors

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A pair of Northwest Missouri State singles players highlight the women’s All-MIAA selections as Stephanie Mannix and Emily Hoffman earned first team accolades Wednesday announced by the league office.

Joining Mannix and Hoffman on the All-MIAA First Team was Kim Ho who teamed with Hoffman to earn first team honors at No. 3 doubles. Mannix was named first team at No. 5 singles while Hoffman was named first team at No. 6 singles.

Alexis Bartek earned a spot at No. 3 singles on the second team while Bartek and Camila Quesada were named second team at No. 1 doubles.

The Bearcats also had four players earn honorable mention accolades including Erika Leston, Leslee Feldhaus, Quesada and Ho.

Southwest Baptist freshman Fanni Varga was the unanimous selection for MIAA Player of the Year and was also voted MIAA Freshman of the Year after a season in which she went 21-1 in singles play (16-1 at No. 1 singles) and 21-3 at No. 1 doubles. The Budapest, Hungary, native was also an All-MIAA First Team selection at No. 1 singles and was a unanimous All-MIAA First Team pick at No. 1 doubles.

Southwest Baptist head coach John Bryant was voted MIAA Coach of the Year for the second time in women’s tennis after leading the Bearcats to an unblemished 7-0 conference record (22-2 overall) and the conference regular season and tournament championships.

Truman senior Ellen Russell was voted as the Sportsmanship Award winner.


Fanni Varga, Fr., Southwest Baptist

Fanni Varga, Southwest Baptist

John Bryant, Southwest Baptist

Ellen Russell, Sr., Truman

1S: Fanni Varga, Fr., Southwest Baptist
2S: Mehak Singh, So., Southwest Baptist** [r1]
3S: Adrienn Kovacs, Jr., Southwest Baptist**
4S: Andjela Panovski, So., Southwest Baptist
5S: Stephanie Mannix, Fr., Northwest Missouri
6S: Emily Hoffman, Jr., Northwest Missouri
6S: Alyssa Castillo, Sr., Washburn
1D: Mehak Singh (So.)/Fanni Varga (Fr.), Southwest Baptist**
2D: Morgan Rainey (Sr.)/Whitley Zitsch (Sr.), Washburn
3D: Kim Ho (So.)/Emily Hoffman (Jr.), Northwest Missouri

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

[Note: Tie in voting created an additional spot at No. 6 singles]

1S: Nicole Jara, So., Emporia State
2S: Brittney Ricci, Fr., Fort Hays State
3S: Alexis Bartek, So., Northwest Missouri
4S: Jamie Blackim, Sr., Washburn 
5S: Faiga Schmidt, Jr., Southwest Baptist
6S: Abby Morris, So., Emporia State
1D: Alexis Bartek (So.)/Camila Quesada (So.), Northwest Missouri
2D: Adrienn Kovacs (Jr.)/Faiga Schmidt (Jr.), Southwest Baptist  
3D: Crystal Guiot (Sr.)/Andjela Panovski (So.), Southwest Baptist

Emporia State: Alex Crowe, Jr., 4S/2D; Somer Schmidt, So., 6S; Nicole Jara,So., 1D; Taylor Smith, Fr., 1D; Jennifer Gerhardt, Fr., 2D.

Fort Hays State: Caitlyn Wark, Fr., 3S; Camille Caron-Bedard, Fr., 2D; Laura Johnson, Jr., 2D.  

Northwest Missouri: Camila Quesada, So., 1S; Erika Leston, Sr., 2S/2D; Kim Ho, So., 4S; Leslee Feldhaus, So., 2D.

Southwest Baptist: Crystal Guiot, Sr., 6S.

Truman: Maggi Schutte, Jr., 4S.

Washburn: Sophie O’Neill, So., 2S/3D; Whitley Zitsch, Sr., 3S; Casyn Buchman, Fr., 5S/3D.

For more information, please contact:

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

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