Senior Earns Second Career First Team All-SSC Singles Honors
WINTER PARK, Fla. – Saint Leo senior women's tennis player Laura Kemkes has earned First Team All-Sunshine State Conference honors, league officials announced, Friday. This marks the second First Team All-SSC selection Kemkes has earned in her career.
The Berlin, Germany native has lost only two matches in singles throughout her senior campaign, and has dropped only three doubles matches, teamed with both Pauline Helgesson, and Anastasia Wagner. Kemkes rode a 16-match win streak in singles this season, all while battling injury.
Lynn's Valentine Confalonieri taking top honors as the Player of the Year. Lynn's Rosalie Willig was tabbed Freshman of the Year, while Barry's Avi Kigel was selected Coach of the Year.
Joining Confalonieri as All-SSC First Team singles selections were: Elissa DeCampli (Rollins), Karina Goia (Barry), Ioana Ivan (Lynn), Laura Kemkes (Saint Leo) and Emma Onila (Barry).
Earning first team doubles honors were Lynn's Confalonieri and Ioana, Barry's Linda Fritschken and Onila, and Florida Southern's Magda Riutort and Sabine Goge.
Named All-SSC Second Team in singles were: Elisabeth Abanda (Barry), Fritschken (Barry), Goge (Florida Southern), Kristina Huba (Florida Tech), Ashley Rosenberg (Rollins) and Willig (Lynn).
Receiving second team honor in doubles were Rollins' DeCampli and Rosenberg, Barry's Kimmy Twelker and Anaeve Pain, and Lynn's Willig and Andrea Berkova.
Nova Southeastern's Sabrina Kierberg received honorable mention in singles.
Voting for the All-SSC Women's Tennis Team was conducted among the league's women's tennis coaches.
In her second season from Sanremo, Italy, Confalonieri is the No. 1 singles player in Division II. The sophomore has amassed a 24-0 record at the top singles position, including an 8-0 record during conference play, in 2014. Teamed with Ivan, the Fighting Knight duo is ranks No. 4 in the country and No. 1 in the South Region with a 21-1 record. Confalonieri won the fall ITA/USTA Small College National Championship before the spring season began.
In her debut season from Stuttgart, Germany, Willig earned an 18-5 singles record (6-2 in conference play), including a 15-4 record at No. 2 singles. The freshman compiled a 20-2 overall doubles record, including a 15-2 record while playing along side Berkova. The duo ranks No. 10 in the South Region. Willig also ranks No. 10 in the South Region in singles, while ranking No. 40 in Division II.
In his sixth year at the helm of the Barry's women's tennis program, Kigel wins his fifth-straight Coach of the Year award after leading his Buccaneers to their fifth consecutive SSC Tournament Title. Kigel also led Barry to the first-ever SSC regular-season title in 2014. Ranked No. 1 in Division II, Barry complied a 23-1 overall record with its only loss coming to Division I North Florida. Seventeen of their 23 wins came against nationally ranked teams.
The Saint Leo women's tennis team returns to action on Tuesday, May 6, when they take on the winner of the first round of the 2014 NCAA DII Women's South Region No. 2 Tournament. Match time at the Saint Leo Tennis Center is slated for 11 a.m.
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2014 All-SSC Women's Tennis Team
FIRST TEAM Singles
Valentine Confalonieri, Lynn (So.)
Elissa DeCampli, Rollins (Sr.)
Karina Goia, Barry (So.)
Ioana Ivan, Lynn (Sr.)
Laura Kemkes, Saint Leo (Sr.)
Emma Onila, Barry (So.)
Player of the Year - Valentine Confalonieri, Lynn Freshman of the Year - Rosalie Willig, Lynn Coach of the Year - Avi Kigel, Barry
SECOND TEAM Singles
Elisabeth Abanda, Barry (So.)
Linda Fritschken, Barry (Jr.)
Sabine Goge, Florida Southern (Sr.)
Kristina Huba, Florida Tech (Sr.)
Ashley Rosenberg, Rollins (Sr.)
Rosalie Willig, Lynn (Fr.)