ODGEN, Utah – The 2017 All-Conference selections were announced today, May 5, for women's tennis with a brand new award format. Voted on by the conference's head coaches, six Lumberjacks in Chiara Tomasetti, Blanka Szavay, Hanneke Lodewijks, Brandy Walker, Marta Lewandowska and Hailey Rochin garnered All-Big Sky honors. After a historical season, back-to-back regular season champions, the Northern Arizona University Women's Tennis team went 18-5 overall with a perfect 11-0 mark in conference.
Tomasetti, a freshman from Roesrath, Germany, unanimously landed on the All-Big Sky First Team in both singles and doubles while also being named Co-Freshmen of the Year. No. 18 regionally ranked Tomasetti ended the season with her first Big Sky Player of the Week honor, clinching two matches for the Lumberjacks and leading the blue and gold with a 19-2 overall record and 10-1 mark in singles. In doubles action, Tomasetti and Szavay finished an incredible 15-4 overall and 9-1 in Big Sky play. The two were ranked No. 63 in the nation this season.
"From day one, Chiara Tomasetti was a hard worker who came in and embraced everyone," Director of Tennis Ki Kroll said. "She wanted to make a difference from the beginning. When she stepped on the court, she was willing to do what it took to become a better teammate and athlete, and she is coachable."
Paired with Tomasetti, Szavay ended her career with the Lumberjacks this season after going 17-4 overall and 9-2 in conference action. Szavay, a senior from Hungary, had a unanimous vote as an All-Big Sky First Team Doubles selection. She also garnered an All-Big Sky Second Team Singles honor.
Another stand-out in blue and gold, Lodewijks, also picked up honors in both singles and doubles action. At the No. 1 position for the Lumberjacks all season in singles, Lodewijks went 13-9 overall and 7-3 in conference. She garnered a Second Team honor this season, her second All-Conference career nod. In doubles, she paired with freshman Brandy Walker to go 14-4 overall and 9-1 in conference. The two have picked up a Second Team Doubles honor this season.
"Hanneke Lodewijks has a unique style of play and is extremely athletic," said Kroll. "She continues to work hard and has a great disposition. I know she will continue to work hard for her team."
Lewandowska and Rochin, two seniors, also picked up honors today. Lewandowska, from Poland, received honorable mentions in both singles and doubles, going 12-8 overall and 8-1 in singles. Rochin, who is an Arizona native, received an honorable mention in doubles pairing with Lewandowska to go 14-2 overall and 9-1 in conference.
"When your team is winning awards like this it makes you realize what a strong team you have," said Kroll. "I will continue to be proud of the entire team and the work they put in and it is great to see the women's tennis program moving in a positive direction."
The Northern Arizona University Women's Tennis team finished the season as Big Sky Regular Season champions for the second straight year after going undefeated in conference. The Lumberjacks will lose three seniors going into next season, but will return the bulk of their team, including three 2017 All-Conference selections.
2017 Women's Big Sky All-Conference Tennis Team
First Team Singles
*$Marianna Petrei (MVP) - Idaho
Lucia Badillos - Idaho
Louise-Mare Botes – Idaho State
Chloe Goyette – Montana State
*Chiara Tomasetti – Northern Arizona
$Ana Loaiza Esquivias – Sacramento State
$Two-Time First Team Selection
*Unanimous First-Team Selection
First Team Doubles
Marianna Petrei/Lucia Badillos – Idaho
Chloe Goyette/Laura Middel – Montana State
Second Team Singles
Maria Tavares – Idaho
Huibre-Mare Botes – Idaho State
Blanka Szavay – Northern Arizona
Hanneke Lodewijks – Northern Arizona
Sofia Gulnova – Sacramento State
Evgenia Marushko – Southern Utah
Second Team Doubles
Maria Tavares/Ana Batiri – Idaho
Marissa Baca/Anna Battersby – Northern Colorado
Honorable Mention Singles
Jessica Brzozowska – Idaho; Naomi Holopanien – Montana State; Marta Lewandowska – Northern Arizona; Sofia Wicker – Sacramento State
Honorable Mention Doubles
Co-Freshmen of the Year
Chloe Goyette – Montana State & Chiara Tomasetti – Northern Arizona