November 8, 2012

Northwood’s Susana Alcaraz Named 2012 GLIAC Women’s Tennis “Player of the Year”

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Michigan Tech’s Suthijindawong Tabbed “Freshman of the Year,” HC’s Walbright Named “Coach of the Year”

BAY CITY, Mich. - Northwood University’s Susana Alcaraz (Aguascalientes, Mexico) was named the 2012 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) women’s tennis “Player of the Year” by the league’s head coaches in all-conference balloting.  The coaches named Michigan Technological University’s Kwang Suthijindawong (Bangkok, Thailand/Duluth, Minn./East) the league’s “Freshman of the Year,” while Nicole Walbright, head coach of the Hillsdale College team, earned GLIAC “Coach of the Year” honors.

Alcaraz led Northwood to its ninth GLIAC Championship in the last 10 years thanks to her strong play at both the top of the singles and doubles lineups.  In singles, she went 15-1 overall this fall, which included a 13-1 mark during GLIAC regular season play.  Alcaraz was even better in doubles, posting a 17-0 mark overall in doubles (14-0 in GLIAC play).  For her career, she has gone 47-1 in GLIAC regular season singles and doubles matches, all of which have occurred at the No. 1 position. 

Suthijindawong produced a undefeated singles season by winning all 14 her matches at No. 2 singles in straight sets. The Bangkok, Thailand, native never surrendered more than four games in any match. In doubles, the rookie was a combined 12-2. She played with two different players during the season and compiled a 2-1 record at No. 1 doubles and 12-1 slate at No. 2 doubles.

Walbright led the Chargers to a remarkable turnaround in the program’s second season in 2011. With the benefit of two top-flight freshmen and a full year to prepare the team for the season, Hillsdale’s win total improved from three to 11 in 2012, and the Chargers finished in fifth place in the 2012 GLIAC Tournament. Walbright guided the team to a seven-game winning streak during the season, and Hillsdale won its final two matches of the conference tournament, including avenging a regular-season loss to Ashland to earn fifth place in the final GLIAC standings.

Joining Alcaraz and Suthijindawong on the 2012 All-GLIAC Women’s Tennis First Team are: Michigan Technological University junior Natalie Lebedeva; Tiffin University senior Malaika Bora Messi; Wayne State University freshman Julia Kamenko and sophomore Yasha Moore; Hillsdale College senior Bittany Parks; Saginaw Valley State University junior Yunjiao Shangguan; and Grand Valley State University junior Niki Shipman.
   

    A complete list of the 2012 All-GLIAC women’s tennis teams are below:

2012 GLIAC Women’s Tennis Postseason Awards  

Player of the Year: Susana Alcaraz - Northwood

Freshman of the Year: Kwang Suthijindawong - Michigan Tech

Coach of the Year: Nicole Walbright – Hillsdale College

2012 All-GLIAC Women’s Tennis Teams

First-Team

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown/High School

Susana Alcaraz

Northwood

So.

Aguascalientes, Mexico

Natalia Lebedeva

Michigan Tech

Jr.

Nakhodka, Russia

Malaika Bora Messi

Tiffin

Sr.

Yaounde, Cameroon

Julia Kamenko   

Wayne State

Fr.

Thornhill, Ont./Vaughan S.S.

Yahsha Moore

Wayne State

So.

West Bloomfield, Mich.

Brittany Parks

Hillsdale

Sr.

South Lyon, Mich./Oklahoma

Yunjiao Shangguan

Saginaw Valley State

Sr.

Chengdu, China/Shiyang

Niki Shipman

Grand Valley State

Jr.

Saline, Mich.

Kwang Suthijindawong

Michigan Tech

Fr.

Bangkok, Thailand / Duluth (Minn.) East

Second-Team

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown/High School

Leah Dancz

Grand Valley State

So.

Hudsonville, Mich.

Morgan Delp

Hillsdale

So.

Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic

Ana Jan

Ferris State

Jr.

Nazor, Croatia/5 Gimnazija Vladimir

Ayana Kobayashi

Northwood

Sr.

Shimonoseki-Shi, Japan

Alex Poissant

Wayne State

Fr.

Laval, Que./Vanier Prep

Zdenka Pozo

Ashland

So.

Cochabamba, Bolivia/Cochabamba Cooperative

Erin Anderson Scott

Lake Superior State

So.

Hamilton, New Zealand/St. Peters Cambridge

Svenja Stephan

Northwood

Sr.

Hamburg, Germany

Erika Sullivan

Ashland

Sr.

Broadview Hts., Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Hts.

Honorable Mention

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown/High School

Kira Kotova

Ashland

Jr.

Moscow, Russia /#1535

Tabitha Simpson

Ferris State

Sr.

Copley, Ohio/St. Vincent - St. Mary's

Kelsey Yoder

Findlay

Sr.

Massillon, Ohio/Perry

Lexi Rice

Grand Valley State

Jr.

Augusta, Mich./Gull Lake

Sydney Delp

Hillsdale

Fr.

Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic

Cristy Suarez

Lake Erie

Fr.

Puebla, Mexico/Tecnologico de Monterrey

Sarah Awe

Lake Superior State

Fr.

Washington Township, Mich./Romeo

Asia Harris

Malone

Fr.

Cuyahoga Falls, OH    /Cuyahoga Valley Christian

Chelsea Uganski

Michigan Tech

Sr.

Whitehall, Mich.

Nastya Puchkina

Northwood

So.

Seversk, Russia

Aline Mariano

Ohio Dominican

Sr.

Sao Paulo, Brazil /Colegio Objetivo

Meghan Woody

Saginaw Valley State

So.

Midland, Mich./Dow HS

Valentina Mazzolla

Tiffin

Fr.

Mar Del Plata, Argentina

Mary Beck Walsh Sr. Alliance, OH/St. Thomas Aquinas
Anne Li Briand Wayne State So. Repentigny, Que./École Secondaire Félix-Leclerc

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