MACON, Ga. - Three Lipscomb women’s tennis players were named to all-conference teams announced by the Atlantic Sun Conference Wednesday afternoon.
Laura Kent was selected for the A-Sun First Team. Hanna Victorsson earned a spot at No. 4 on the Second Team. Kate Kandyba was named to the All-Freshman Team.
It is the second season in a row that Kent, a junior from Kangaroo Valley, Australia, has been a First Team selection.
Kent boasted an 11-2 record at No. 3 singles, tops in the league, while going 10-4 at the No. 1 doubles court with Melissa Kromer. She was 12-4 overall in singles competition.
“Laura’s mindset, and how competitive Laura Kent is on the tennis court, is something I think every one of her teammates really respect her for,” Lipscomb coach Jamie Aid said. “Laura goes out there and her intention every single match is to win.
“If Laura has a tough match she doesn’t go sit on the bench wondering, `oh, goodness what can I do?’. She is always thinking about her game plan and she is very good at coming up with game plans and executing those game plans. As a competitor Laura is everything you could want.”
Victorsson, from Stockholm, Sweden, transferred in January for the spring semester from Maryland-Baltimore County and made an immediate impact on the team. She was second overall in singles competition in the conference with a 14-4 record. She as 12-2 at No.4 and 2-2 at No. 3.
“To able to impact our team like she has is a testament to her character,” Aid said. “It is hard to come into a team at midseason and compete in a new program.
“She was thrown into the lineup and for her to be able to dominate like has is outstanding. She and Laura have dominated at their positions. Both of them have such a high tennis I.Q.”
Victorsson is also known for her competitive drive on the court.
“Hanna is a fighter,” Aid said. “If she has trouble in the first set she is one of those girls that you know is going to figure it out in the second set and take it to the third.
“She has tons of energy on the court. She has been a great asset for us.”
Kandyba, who just turned 17 during the school year, played No. 2 singles this season. She finished 3-12 in singles. In doubles she teamed with Victorsson most of the season, compiling an 8-4 record at No. 3 doubles. She is from Kharkov, Ukraine.
“Kate is a talented player,” Aid said. “Kate is extremely hard on herself. When she commits to her game she is a great player.
“She is a freshman, but she was also a 16-to-17 year old freshman. She wanted to play No. 2. She wanted to be challenged. I think that says a lot about her and how she wants to grow her tennis game.”
At six feet Kandyba is a tall tennis player. She uses that height to her advantage.
“She plays a powerful game,” Aid said. “She is moving inside. Her game is a forward game.
“Hanna and Laura have that maturity of figuring things out when a match gets tough. Kate doesn’t quite have that mindset. If she was a little less hard on herself that would be beneficial to her. She is perfectionist. Whenever she is out there she wants to do well.”
2016 Atlantic Sun Women's Tennis All-Conference First Team
*Julia Ascua, FGCU
*Noemi Hemmerich, North Florida
*Michelle Valdez, North Florida
*Eveline Lepinay, Stetson
Breana Stampfli, FGCU
Laura Kent, Lipscomb
Luise Intert, North Florida
Quetzali Vazquez, North Florida
* - Denotes a unanimous choice
2016 Atlantic Sun Women's Tennis All-Conference Second Team
By Position (Singles)
#1 Laura Hopton, Kennesaw State
#2 Joselyn Treyes Albarracin, FGCU
#3 Cristina Martin, Kennesaw State
#4 Hanna Victorsson, Lipscomb
#5 Elizabeth Means, FGCU
#6 Laura Falceto Font, FGCU
By Position (Doubles)
#1 Noemi Hemmerich/Quetzali Vazquez, North Florida
#2 Julia Ascua/Julianna Curtis, FGCU
#3 Mariella Calderson/Michelle Valdez, North Florida
2016 Atlantic Sun Women's Tennis All-Freshman Team
Julia Ascua, FGCU
Laura Falceto Font, FGCU
Joselyn Treyes Albarracin, FGCU
Katerina Kandyba, Lipscomb
Rafaella Sampaio, NJIT
Rafaela Gomez, North Florida