Amalia Nilsson (freshman, Stockholm, Sweden) was named the
Northwest Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Year in
post-season honors announced on Tuesday. Nilsson did not drop a set
in Conference matches this season, going 16-0 at the #1 singles
court in the regular season and adding two more victories in the
Conference tournament. She was 14-2 at #1 doubles in the regular
season. She is the first Pioneer to be named Player of the Year in
women's tennis since Sara Schipani, who won the title three times,
her last honor coming in her senior season of 2003.
Nilsson was also named the Conference Sportsman of the Year, an award that is voted on by the Conference coaches, honoring the individual who shows the best sportsmanship among all the players in the Conference.
"Amalia has had a sensational year and it comes as no surprise to the coaching staff that she has earned Player of the Year honors," said Head Coach Gundars Tilmanis. "She is always pushing herself to the limit. Amalia has become the most mentally and phsyically tough women's player we've ever had here in our tenure. Also winning the Sportswoman of the Year award speaks to the wonderful human being that she is."
"As amazing as her record is and as beautiful as her strokes are, we are most impressed by he rleadership skills and the energy she brings to the team," said Assistant Coach Jimmy Chau. "Amalia definitely deserves all the praise for her hard work and devotion to LC tennis!"
Lisa Harunaga and
George Allen were also named First Team All-Conference.