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Battaglini tabbed Coach-of-the-Year; Knights earn 8 All-MIAC Awards

May 4, 2017 at 4:35 pm
By Matteo Pellizzer '20
(L-R) Luciano Battaglini, Caitlin Shea, Danielle Vasiliev, Kristina Conrad, Alana Danieu, & Zoe Park
(L-R) Luciano Battaglini, Caitlin Shea, Danielle Vasiliev, Kristina Conrad, Alana Danieu, & Zoe Park

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its 2017 Women’s Tennis Awards, with Carleton College coach Luciano Battaglini taking home the top coaching award and five of his players receiving recognition on the All-MIAC squad.

Senior Caitlin Shea (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Township West), junior Danielle Vasiliev (Lincolnshire, Ill./Stevenson), and sophomore Kristina Conrad (Plymouth, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong) earned spots on the all-conference team for both singles and doubles. In addition Zoe Park (Fy./Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) was named to the All-MIAC team for singles, while Alana Danieu (Jr./East Aurora, N.Y./East Aurora) earned a spot on the All-MIAC doubles team.

This is the second time in his 10 seasons at Carleton that Battaglini has been voted the MIAC Coach-of-the-Year. He led the Knights to a 15-4 overall record this season, including an unblemished 10-0 conference record as his squad won its fourth MIAC regular-season championship over the last six years.

Shea’s illustrious career for the Knights is winding down as she won her third straight doubles award as well as another singles award in 2015. In 2017, Shea went 7-1 against MIAC singles competition, 11-6 overall, and 6-3 in MIAC doubles and 10-8 overall.

Vasiliev continued her impressive showing against MIAC competition with her third straight All-MIAC singles award, as well as her first ever doubles award. Vasiliev did not drop a match at first and second singles against MIAC competition finishing with a 9-0 record to lead the conference in winning percentage. She possesses a 12-5 overall ledger. Vasiliev also made major contributions for the team in doubles with a 7-2 record in the MIAC and 12-6 overall, primarily teaming up with Shea in the first doubles slot.

Conrad had a breakout season in her sophomore year, earning her first All-MIAC recognition. She did not drop a match on the year against MIAC competition, going 9-0 in singles and 8-0 in doubles. Overall, she boasted a 16-1 record in primarily the fourth singles slot and a spotless 12-0 tally at second and third doubles. Her .941 singles winning percentage was the highest among MIAC players that played more than five matches, and she teamed up with Danieu on the only MIAC doubles team to go undefeated with eight or more wins overall.

Park had a phenomenal rookie campaign for the Knights, going a perfect 10-0 in the conference at second singles, and 17-2 overall on the year. She is the only first-year named to the All-MIAC singles team.

Danieu earned her second consecutive All-MIAC award for doubles. She finished the year 8-0 in the MIAC playing primarily at second doubles with Conrad, and posted an 11-4 mark overall. Danieu also stood out throughout the season for her positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition, and was selected by her coaches and teammates as Carleton’s member of the 11th annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for women's tennis.

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