ST. PAUL, Minn. – Five players from the MIAC champion Carleton College women’s tennis team earned All-MIAC honors this season. Additionally, head coach Luciano Battaglini was recognized as co-MIAC Coach-of-the-Year for the first time.
Kathryn Schmidt (Sr./Hopkins, Minn.), Bridget Doyle (Jr./Mendota Heights, Minn./Visitation), and Anne Lombardi (So./Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) were repeat selections in both singles and doubles. Molly Hemes (So./Green Bay, Wis./Preble) picked up her first All-MIAC awards, doing so in both categories. That quartet was joined by teammate Katherine Greenberg (So./St. Louis, Mo./Clayton), whose unblemished record in doubles earned her an All-MIAC award, as well.
Battaglini's squad made history this season, ending Gustavus' 20-year reign atop the MIAC standings. The Knights were a perfect 10-0 in conference play to capture the regular-season title and also beat the Gusties in the MIAC Playoffs championship match to add the postseason crown as well, and along with it, the MIAC's automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships. He shared coach-of-the-year honors with St. Catherine's Ben Hageseth.
This is the fourth straight season that Schmidt won All-Conference honors in both singles and doubles. Schmidt went a perfect 10-0 in singles play during conference matches, and went near perfect in doubles competition, ending with an 8-1 record. Schmidt was nearly unstoppable during MIAC matches during her career, going a combined 37-1 in singles, and 37-2 in doubles play. Schmidt is the region’s third ranked player and pairs with Erin Gudul (Sr./North Oaks, Minn./Mounds View) to form the No. 10 tandem in the region.
Lombardi and Doyle garnered All-MIAC awards in their second and third consecutive seasons, respectively. Lombardi built upon her impressive 2011 debut by going an undefeated 9-0 in conference singles, bringing her career record to 17-1. Doyle was a very solid 7-2 in singles play this year, and reached 23 conference wins for her career. During doubles, Lombardi and Doyle achieved 9-1 and 7-2 records, respectively.
Standout Hemes took the MIAC by storm in her sophomore season. She was unstoppable at singles, earning an unblemished 10-0. In doubles competition, Hemes combined with three teammates to play to a perfect 10-0.
Greenberg combined with four different teammates throughout conference doubles play to reach a 10-0 mark.
In addition to being named both an All-MIAC singles and doubles honoree, Schmidt was also chosen by her teammates and coaches to be Carleton’s representative on the 2012 All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team.