INDIANAPOLIS - Rising junior Hannah Knust
of the Marian University women's tennis team was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region Player to Watch for the 2013-14 season, the ITA announced recently.
"Hannah has made great strides in her tennis game over the past two years," said head coach Cassie Mackell
, who is coming off her fifth season at the helm of the MU women's tennis program. "I am excited to see where her game will go in her final years at Marian University. She is definitely one to watch in the East region after her first two seasons of collegiate tennis. I am happy to see her recognized for her ability and look forward to seeing what she can do."
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 an NAIA All-America honorable mention for the 2012-13 season.
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.