Marquette Celebrates the 2012-13 Season
May 1, 2013
MILWAUKEE - The 2012-13 Marquette women's tennis squad capped a successful campaign with its annual awards celebration dinner on Monday evening in downtown Milwaukee.
The players and coaches voted on the five awards that were given out at the dinner: Sportsmanship, Academic, Decication, Most Improved and MVP.
Sophomore Ana Pimienta picked up two awards on Monday, and was recognized with Dedication and Most Improved.
"Ana is a very committed athlete," head coach Jody Bronson said. "She brings it every day at practice both mentally and physically. She won the dedication and most improved awards because of how she shows up every day ready to practice and compete. She went from playing in the five and six slots last year to playing at number one this year, which is a testament to her work ethic."
Classmate Ali Dawson earned the squad's academic award for her dedication in the classroom as a pre-med student.
"We had a great academic year as a team," Bronson said. "Ali, as a pre-med major, is studying every spare minute that she is not playing tennis. "Everyone sees her in the books all the time and she takes it very seriously and has a medical future ahead of her."
Freshman Aleeza Kanner garnered the sportsmanship award for the 2012-13 season in her first year as a Golden Eagle.
"Aleeza does a great job for us on the court and really represents Marquette all times at a high level," Bronson said.
The Golden Eagles Most Valuable Player for the campaign was freshman Erin Gebes, who began the year playing at the fourth spot in singles action and finished with a winning record in the number two court.
"It is very unusual for a freshman to receive this honor," Bronson said. "Erin came in and her love of playing and coach-ability and desire to get better was a great combo to a winning year. She compiled a 10-2 record starting at No. 4 before we moved her up. She was the freshman who really stood out this season and moved up in the lineup and competed well for us. Erin was very deserving of this award."
The young MU roster finished the season with a 13-13 overall record and picked up two victories in the BIG EAST Conference Championship to end the season.