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Reifeis and Haakenstad Earn Big Ten Honors

By NU Athletic Communications

The Big Ten Conference announced individual and all-conference team honors following last weekend’s Big Ten Tournament hosted by Nebraska at the Dillon Tennis Center. Decisions for all honors were voted on by Big Ten women’s tennis coaches. 

 

Junior, Claire Reifeis was selected for the All-Big Ten Team following a standout season for the Huskers. In 2019, the Indianapolis, Ind., native had a team-best 19-6 record, including an 8-3 mark in Big Ten play. Playing out of the No. 1 and No. 2 positions, Reifeis went 10-3 and 9-3, respectively.

 

In doubles competition, Reifeis teamed up with fellow junior Hayley Haakenstad going 2-0 out of the No. 2 spot. After an early-season lineup change, Reifeis began playing with true freshman Jessica Aragon to form the Big Red’s winningest duo, going 13-6 at No. 2. 

 

The second Husker honored is Hayley Haakenstad, who is recognized for the Big Ten Sportsmanship award. This honor is awarded to athletes that demonstrate sportsmanship and citizenship on and off the court. Haakenstad had an impressive season playing primarily out of the No. 6 singles spot and the No. 3 doubles position. The junior from Chanhassen Minn., went 13-10 in singles and 10-11 in doubles, primarily playing with Jeannie Lozowksi. Haakenstad has been on the Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll every semester at Nebraska and was named Academic All-Big Ten in 2018. 

2019 All-Big Ten Women’s Tennis Awards

As selected by Big Ten coaches

All-Big Ten Team

ASUKA KAWAI, Illinois

MADISON APPEL, Indiana

Natalie Whalen, Indiana

Elise van Heuvelen Treadwell, Iowa

KATE FAHEY, Michigan

Brienne Minor, Michigan

Giulia Pairone, Michigan

Claire Reifeis, Nebraska

Julie Byrne, Northwestern

CLARISSA HAND, Northwestern

ISABELLE BOULAIS, Ohio State

SHIORI FUKUDA, Ohio State

SILVIA AMBROSIO, Purdue

Sara Castellano, Wisconsin

 

Athlete of the Year

KATE FAHEY, Michigan

 

Co-Freshmen of the Year

Clarissa Hand, Northwestern

Isabelle Boulais, Ohio State

 

Coach of the Year

Ronni Bernstein, Michigan

 

Sportsmanship Award Honorees

Daniela Pedraza Novak, Illinois

Michelle McKamey, Indiana

Adorabol Huckleby, Iowa 

Katsiaryna Yemelyanenka, Maryland

Brienne Minor, Michigan

Samantha Memije, Michigan State

Caitlyn Merbacher, Minnesota

Hayley Haakenstad, Nebraska

Lee Or, Northwestern

Luna Dormet, Ohio State

Gabby O'Gorman, Penn State

Zala Dovnik, Purdue

Kat Muzik, Rutgers

Ava Markham, Wisconsin

 

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