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Women's Tennis

 
May 2, 2013

FOUR WOMEN’S TENNIS PLAYERS NAMED ALL-BIG SKY, DELGADO GARNERS MVP HONORS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After winning its 12th straight Big Sky Conference championship while improving its winning streak over league opposition to 105 straight matches, the Sacramento State women's tennis team was rewarded with four players receiving all-conference honors today.

Headlining the list is senior Rebeca Delgado, who was named the conference MVP while garnering first team all-league honors for the fourth straight year. This now marks the 11th straight season (2003-13) a Sacramento State women's tennis player has been named conference MVP. Over those 11 seasons, however, just four player have earned the MVP honor, including Delgado (2013), Tatsiana Kapshai (2010-12), Katrina Zheltova (2007-09) and Margarita Karnaukhova (2003-06).

Joining Delgado on the first team for the Hornets were freshmen Jennifer Nguyen and Olivia Boija. Junior Katharina Knoebl was named honorable mention.

The women's team recently completed a perfect 10-0 conference season, and then followed that with two more victories in the Big Sky Tournament. In the process, the squad has now won 105 straight matches against league opposition, a streak which dates back to 2002. The Hornets will play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 11, at noon against No. 4 seed USC.

REBECA DELGADO
Delgado has now been named first team all-conference all four years of her career…was the lone player in the conference to be a unanimous selection to the first team…currently has a 16-10 record at No. 1 singles for the Hornets, including a 12-0 mark when facing a conference opponent…won both her matches in the Big Sky Tournament in straight sets, and combined to drop just four games over those two matches…also went 16-9 in doubles play (all at No. 1), including a 12-0 mark against Big Sky opposition…named the Big Sky Player of the Week twice during the season.

JENNIFER NGUYEN
One of two freshmen on the team to receive first team all-league accolades…spent the majority of the season as the team's No. 2 singles player…is 14-10 in singles play, including 10-5 in the No. 2 slot…also went 11-0 against Big Sky opposition, including a straight set victory in the Big Sky Tournament championship match…recipient of Big Sky Player of the Week honors on March 26…went 16-7 in doubles play in the No. 2 position, including a 10-0 mark when playing a conference team.

OLIVIA BOIJA
One of two freshmen on the team to receive first team all-conference recognition…played at Nos. 3, 4, 5 and 6 in the team's singles lineup…currently playing at No. 4…is 12-11 in singles play, including an 11-1 mark when playing a Big Sky opponent…posted a 6-0, 6-0 victory in the Big Sky Tournament semifinals…went 12-10 in doubles play (primarily at No. 1), including a 10-1 mark when playing a league foe…enters the NCAA Tournament as winner of four straight, and six of her last seven doubles matches.

KATHARINA KNOEBL
Currently in her third season with the team…is 13-8 in singles play, and spent time at Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 5 in the team's lineup…played at No. 5 in the Big Sky Tournament…went 8-0 against Big Sky opposition this season…is 5-0 when playing at No. 4 in the lineup, and 6-2 when playing at No. 5…went a team-best 16-7 in doubles play, and 9-0 against Big Sky opposition…each of those 16 wins came at No. 2 in the team's doubles lineup.

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