CLAREMONT, CA. – Caroline Casper highlights the 2017 All-Conference awards as she was tabbed Athlete of the Year. Pomona-Pitzer was named the Coaching Staff of the Year as well and four other Sagehens were named All-SCIAC as announced by the league office on Friday.
Casper earned Athlete of the Year and was joined on the First Team All-SCIAC selections by teammates Maryann Zhao, Arianna Chen and Samantha Mae Coyiuto. Emily Chen also earned All-Conference honors as she was tabbed Second Team All-SCIAC.
The Sagehens have now had their fourth SCIAC Player of the Year this season as Christina Williamson (Women's Water Polo), Tanner Nishioka (Baseball), Maya Weigel (Women's Track & Field) and now Casper have all earned the honor in the spring.
Pomona-Pitzer was named the coaching staff of the year led by head coach Ann Lebedeff for the second straight year. Lebedeff was honored this year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association with the creation of a new award as endowed by sports icon, humanitarian and friend of college tennis and higher education, Billie Jean King. The ITA Ann Lebedeff Leadership Award will stand to honor a recent college graduate who played college tennis and demonstrated excellence on and off the court, leadership on his or her team, as well as on his or her college campus and in his or her community. Lebedeff led the Sagehens to an At-Large NCAA selection as the team holds the No. 5 ranking in Division III with a 15-7 overall record and a second place finish in the SCIAC this season.
Casper was named the Athlete of the Year after going undefeated in conference play at the No. 1 singles position. She is currently ranked No. 1 in the region in singles and holds a 21-4 overall record including eight-straight wins. Casper and Arianna Chen make up the No. 5 ranked team in the west with a 21-5 record.
Arianna Chen earned First Team All-SCIAC honors for the first time in her collegiate career as the sophomore played out of the No. 3 singles spot for the Sagehens this season. Chen tallied a 14-8 singles record this season and went 21-5 with teammate Caroline Casper in doubles.
Zhao earned First Team All-SCIAC for the second-straight season and is currently the No. 4 ranked singles player in the West Region Zhao has tallied a 13-4 singles record this season and will compete in the NCAA Tournament as a singles player as well as the doubles tournament with teammate Emily Chen.
Coyiuto has now earned First Team All-SCIAC honors in four-straight years as a member of the Pomona-Pitzer women's tennis team. The senior played at the No. 3 and 4 lines this season and tallied an 11-5 singles record this season.
Emily Chen earned Second Team All-SCIAC for the second time in her collegiate career. Chen and Zhao earned All-American honors last season in the NCAA Championships and will be competing again this season in the doubles tournament. Zhao and Chen are the No. 2 ranked doubles pair in the West Region and have compiled a 14-4 doubles record this season. Chen also played singles for the Sagehens this season, mostly in the No. 6 position where she tallied a 7-5 overall record
The Sagehens next play in the NCAA Regionals where they take on Trinity (Tx.) in the Second Round on Saturday, May 12th at 2:00 p.m. at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont.