Big Ten Women´s All-Conference Team and Individual Award Winners

Tennis - Francesca Di Lorenzo from Ohio State is Player and Freshman of the Year

by Roxana Jo
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Big Ten Women´s All-Conference Team and Individual Award Winners

Big Ten regular season and tournament champions, Ohio State Buckeyes, had a full share of postseason awards, with 4 players in all-conference team, chose by 14 head coaches. Francesca Di Lorenzo was named both Player and Freshman of the Year, and Melissa Schaub is the Coach of the Year (she won the award last year as well).

In addition to Di Lorenzo, other 3 Buckeye girls were also included in all-Big Ten team, Gabriella De Santis, Miho Kowase, and Anna Sanford. Freshman Francesca Di Lorenzo had a dream season, finishing with 11-0 score on the main court position.

She spent the entire season among the Top 5 girls in singles, also being ranked 1st in February (first Buckeye ever to be at the top), leading her team towards their first Big Ten Championship and first Big Ten Tournament title.

Only for the 5th time in conference history one player managed to win both player of the year and freshman of the year award. This was the 3rd time that Buckeyes have given the player of the year (Kristy Dascoli in 2000 and 2001), and also the freshman of the year.

Gabriella De Santis was also amazing during the Big Ten play, scoring 6-0 in singles and 8-0 in doubles matches. Miho Kowase had a run of 17 wins in a row, she was also undefeated in conference play (8-0) and with an impressive 21-2 score in dual matches.

Anna Sanford was 22-7 overall, and she also stormed through the Big Ten field, with 10-0 score. Behind Ohio State, Michigan and Northwestern have 3 players each in All-Big Ten team, with 14 girls among the awarded for their on-court sportsmanship, all from different schools.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS:
Player of the Year: Francesca Di Lorenzo, Ohio State
Freshman of the Year: Francesca Di Lorenzo, Ohio State
Coach of the Year: Melissa Schaub, Ohio State
All-Big Ten Team: Louise Kwong, Illinois
Kate Fahey, Michigan
Brienne Minor, Michigan
Ronit Yurovsky, Michigan
Caroline Ryba, Minnesota
Alicia Barnett, Northwestern
Erin Larner, Northwestern
Maddie Lipp, Northwestern
Gabriella De Santis, Ohio State
Francesca Di Lorenzo, Ohio State
Miho Kowase, Ohio State
Anna Sanford, Ohio State
Kimberly-Ann Surin, Penn State
Lauren Chypyha, Wisconsin Sportsmanship Award Winners: Jade Hilton, Illinois
Sarah McLean, Indiana
Anastasia Reimchen, Iowa
Kristina Hovsepyan, Maryland
Ronit Yurovsky, Michigan
Emily Metcalf, Michigan State
Maja Vujic, Minnesota
Kati Matysova, Nebraska
Alex Chatt, Northwestern
Ferny Angeles Paz, Ohio State
Katharine Whiteaway, Penn State
Natalia Davila, Purdue
Mariam Zein, Rutgers
Ekaterina Stepanova, Wisconsin ALSO READ: ITA Collegiate Tennis Men´s Team Rankings - May 5 2016: Virginia holds the lead ahead of UCLA

Francesca Di Lorenzo Ohio State
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