ST. PAUL, Minn. – Six members of the Carleton College women’s tennis team earned All-MIAC honors for the 2013 season, following the team’s second consecutive conference playoff championship. Senior Bridget Doyle (Mendota Heights, Minn./Visitation) and junior Anne Lombardi (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) were repeat selections in both singles and doubles, while junior Molly Hemes (Green Bay, Wis./Preble) picked up her second consecutive award in singles. That trio was joined by Mikayla Becich (Bradfordwoods, Pa./North Allegheny), Claire Spencer (Newport News, Va./Menchville), and Grace Davis (Neenah, Wis./Neenah), who capped off their impressive rookie campaigns with the distinction.
The half-dozen all-conference performers easily led all MIAC squads. St. Catherine University, Gustavus Adolphus College, and University of St. Thomas were next with four honorees apiece.
This is the fourth straight season that Doyle earned All-Conference honors in both singles and doubles, while Lombardi has accomplished the feat in each of her three seasons. Doyle went 6-2 in singles play during conference matches, while Lombardi finished the conference season with a 7-1 mark in singles. Combined, they went a perfect 8-0 in doubles competition.
Hemes followed up her breakout sophomore campaign, which included all-conference recognition in both singles and doubles, with another All-MIAC award, completing the year with a 7-1 record in singles play during conference matches.
Becich joined Doyle and Lombardi in earning distinction in singles and doubles, posting records of 7-2 in both categories. Spencer was unblemished in MIAC singles play, finishing the year 10-0 in conference play and a team-best 17-3 overall for the campaign. Davis posted an 8-2 conference record playing with two partners for doubles competition.
As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the conference also announced the annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for tennis. Members of the sportsmanship team are selected by their coaches and teammates as individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition. Doyle represented Carleton on this squad.
By virtue of winning the MIAC Playoffs, the Knights earned a return trip to the NCAA Championships and open the national tournament against Grinnell College on Friday, May 11.