LARAMIE, Wyo. (April 25, 2018) –
Three members of the Wyoming Cowgirl tennis team, Elisa Koonik
, Magdalena Stencel
and Tessa van Der Ploeg
, were recognized on Wednesday as the Mountain West announced the 2018 All-Conference Team. The MW awards were selected by the league's 11 head coaches.
Koonik and van Der Ploeg were selected to the All-Conference Doubles team for the second straight season, while Koonik and Stencel were named All-Conference in singles play. It's the fourth time for Stencel being chosen in singles and the first such honor for Koonik. Stenel joins former Cowgirl Veronica Popovici as the only other four-time honoree in school history. It's the tenth straight year the Cowgirl Tennis program has been recognized in either singles or doubles.
Stencel, a senior from Sopot, Poland, has posted a 16-14 overall record and an 11-5 mark this spring playing at the number one position. She went 4-1 in league play. Stencel currently ranks sixth all-time with 70 singles wins and 67 doubles victories.
Koonik is 19-7 on the season, going 12-2 in dual play. A junior from Tallinn, Estonia, she recorded a perfect 5-0 record and is on an eight match winning streak. Koonik ranks 20th
in school history with 52 singles wins.
"Magdalena (Stencel) has been a pillar of this program for the past four years and been at the top of the line-up for some of the best teams in the history of this program," head coach Dean Clower
said. "Elisa (Koonik) is one of the most improved singles players in our conference and been a staple in our line-up this year."
Koonik and van Der Ploeg have an overall doubles mark of 15-12 and 9-5 during the spring. The duo went undefeated in MW play finishing with a 3-0 record.
"Tessa (van Der Ploeg) and Elisa haven't lost a MW match as a team in the last three seasons and are still improving. They hae become one of the best doubles teams in the league."
The Cowgirls, who are seeded fifth, open up the 2018 MW Tournament against the fourth-seeded San Diego State Aztecs. The match is set for Friday beginning at 10 a.m. MT at the Appleton Tennis Center in Boise.