April 20, 2010

Nilsson And Harunaga Named To The All Conference Teams

by Jimmy Chau

PORTLAND, OR.-

In a year where the talent level in the Northwest Conference took a substantial leap, two Pioneer standouts make the grade.

Second in voting, two time player of year Amalia Nilsson adds another All Conference First Team award to her long list of achievements.  Playing all year through shoulder and knee injuries, Nilsson still managed to go through Northwest Conference action with losses to only the top vote getter, Natalia Agarycheva who won the Player of the Year award.  It was a tough year for Nilsson working through the setbacks, but through her grit and determination, she was still able to have a great year. 

After traveling overseas to New Zealand in her junior year, senior Lisa Harunaga managed to work herself back into game shape and an All Conference Second Team designation.  Finishing just a few votes shy of a first team award, Harunaga led her team to an improbable third place finish at the year end tournament and was always up for the Sportswoman of the Year award.  A great team leader through her actions on and off the court, Harunaga will be sorely missed by her teammates and coaches. 

A full listing of this year's awards follows:

2009-2010 NWC Women's Tennis

Coach of the Year: John Hein, Whitman

Sportswoman of the Year: Rachel Burns, Whitworth

Player of the Year: Natalia Agarycheva, Willamette

All-NWC First Team
Natalia Agarycheva, Willamette
Amalia Nilsson, Lewis & Clark
Rachel Burns, Whitworth
Abby Olbrich, Linfield
Alyssa Roberg, Whitman
Cat Goya, Pacific
Elise Otto, Whitman
Sallie Katter, Linfield

All-NWC Second Team
Lisa Harunaga, Lewis & Clark
Molly Beaumont, George Fox
Alli Marshall, Whitworth
Megan Yoshimoto, Pacific

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