NAIA WOMEN'S TENNIS ALL-AMERICANS
INDIANAPOLIS - A pair of Marian University women's tennis players earned NAIA All-America honorable mention honors after their strong season in 2012-13, the national office announced on Monday.
Rising junior Hannah Knust
and rising senior Brittney Horlacher
were named honorable mention after leading the Knights to another runner-up finish in the Crossroads League and to the No. 21 ranking in the NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
"I am really excited for these ladies," said head coach Cassie Mackell
, who just completed her fifth year at the helm of the program. "They have helped us establish our winning program and I am excited to see that they are receiving this honor."
Coming off a record-setting freshman season, Knust finished the 2012-13 season with a 13-10 overall record in singles competition and a 12-8 mark in doubles play. She finished 5-2 in singles in Crossroads League play and finished 7-1 in doubles. She spent the fall season at the No. 2 singles position and went 10-2 in the second spot in the lineup. She moved to the No. 1 position in the spring and went 3-8 against highly-ranked competition. For her career, Knust is 33-15 in singles play and has a doubles mark of 35-11. The award is her first and coincides with her being named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region Player to Watch for the 2013-14 season.
Horlacher is also coming off a strong season where she split time between the No. 1 and No. 2 singles positions. She spent the fall season at the No. 1 singles position and earned a 9-4 record with a 5-2 mark in league play. In the spring, she shifted to No. 2 and went 4-7 against highly-ranked competition. In doubles competition, Horlacher was 12-9 with a 7-1 record in league play with Knust or rising senior Olivia Pursell
as her teammates. For her career, Horlacher is 45-27 overall and has played no lower than No. 3 in the lineup for her career. In doubles play, she is 49-20 in her career.
The duo helped lead the Knights to a 16-9 overall record and a 7-1 mark in league play. MU finished as the runner-up in the regular season and the league tournament and finished the 2012-13 season ranked No. 21 in the NAIA. Head coach Cassie Mackell
was named league coach of the year for the second time in her five seasons at the helm.