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Knights nab six All-MIAC Awards

May 9, 2019 at 10:09 pm
By Oliver Wolyniec '19
(L to R) Sonya Romanenko, Madeline Prins, Kristina Conrad, and Jeanny Zhang
(L to R) Sonya Romanenko, Madeline Prins, Kristina Conrad, and Jeanny Zhang

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Four members of the Carleton College women’s tennis team received All-MIAC recognition a total of six times, including awards in both singles and doubles play for senior Kristina Conrad (Plymouth, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong) and junior Madeline Prins (Pacific Palisades, Calif./Palisades Charter).

This marks the third consecutive year that Conrad has been named to both the All-MIAC singles and doubles teams. In her senior campaign, she went 14-4 overall in singles play. She is one of three players to go a perfect 10-0 during conference singles matches in 2019. Conrad is 13-1 since Feb. 17 and has won her last eight decisions.

Prins earned her first career All-MIAC singles award after going 9-1 in conference singles matches. She owned an 18-2 overall mark and went 17-1 versus NCAA Division III opponents, including a 12-match winning streak during the middle of the season.

In doubles play, Conrad and Prins spent the majority of the season playing alongside one another. The duo is ranked No. 22 in the country by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). They went 19-5 overall and 8-1 during conference matches. Both also played a lone match—a conference victory—with a different teammate to possess a 20-5 overall season ledger. This is the second all-conference doubles team nod of Prins’ career, as she also made the All-MIAC squad last season.

Not surprisingly, first-year Sonya Romanenko (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo), ranked by the ITA as the No. 8 singles player in the Central Region, was also named to the All-MIAC singles team. She was the Knights’ No. 1 singles player most of the season, racking up 19 wins against just three losses. She went 15-0 from Feb. 2-May 3 and joined Conrad in boasting a 10-0 record during conference matches.

Jeanny Zhang (Fy./Guangzhou, China/Dwight School) rounded out Carleton’s pool of honorees, as she, too, was named to the All-MIAC singles team. She has gone 16-2 on the season and was 9-0 in conference contests. Zhang was ranked No. 18 in the latest ITA Central Region rankings.

As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the conference also announced the 13th annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for tennis. Conrad was selected by her coaches and teammates for this award, which recognizes individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.