SCIAC Women's Tennis All-Conference Honors Announced

SCIAC Women's Tennis All-Conference Honors Announced

The 2019 All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Women's Tennis honors were announced Thursday following a vote conducted by the league's member head coaches. 

The 2019 SCIAC Athlete of the Year honors went to Caroline Casper of Pomona-Pitzer. Casper, now a four-time First Team All-SCIAC member, was also tabbed the SCIAC Athlete of the Year in 2017, and the Newcomer of the Year in 2016. Casper tallied a 20-8 overall record in singles play this season, with an 11-1 mark against SCIAC competition. In doubles competition, Casper has collected a combined 16-5 mark, with an 8-2 record against league foes. Joined primarily by Jay Kim, Casper has logged a 9-3 overall record and is 2-1 in conference action with Kim. 

SCIAC Newcomer of the Year honors went to Maria Lyven of the Sagehens who amassed a 14-5 overall singles ledger that was highlighted by a 6-2 record against SCIAC opposition. Lyven had a stellar debut campaign as she helped Pomona-Pitzer to the second seed in the upcoming SCIAC Postseason Tournament. In doubles play, Lyven tallied a 9-4 record with Marghi Andreassi that included a 3-1 mark against the SCIAC. With the help of Casper and Lyven, the Sagehens notched a 14-4 overall record that was fueled by a 6-1 record in league play. 

Earning the Character Award for her stellar displays of sportsmanship and leadership qualities on and off the court was Caltech's Kana Moriyama. A team captain, Moriyama mentored three first-years and their transition into college tennis. She was a big help to the Beavers' coaching staff giving feedback and helping improve practice and team culture. Moriyama competes fairly and is a humble human being. She posted an overall record of 9-9 during the 2018-19 season, with a 6-3 record against conference competition. She was also 11-7 (6-3 versus the SCIAC) in doubles play with regular partner Sarina Liu. 

In her second season, head coach Kristin Yep and her Whittier staff was voted the 2019 SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year award winner. After finishing 0-7 in conference play and two wins overall a year ago, Yep helped guide the Poets to five wins this year, highlighted by a 7-2 victory over Occidental. The win was the third in a string of three straight victories for Whittier between March 24 and March 29. 

SCIAC Athlete
of the Year
SCIAC Newcomer
of the Year
Character Award SCIAC Coaching
Staff of the Year
Caroline Casper
Maria Lyven
Kana Moriyama
Kristin Yep
First Team All-SCIAC
Name Institution Year Hometown
Caroline Casper  Pomona-Pitzer Sr. Santa Cruz, Calif.
Catherine Allen CMS Jr.  Shoreline, Wash.
Maria Lyven Pomona-Pitzer Fy.  Kyiv, Ukraine
Nicole Tan CMS Jr.  Singapore
Rebecca Berger CMS So. San Francisco, Calif.
Kana Moriyama Caltech Sr. Redmond, Wash.
Arianna Chen Pomona-Pitzer Sr. San Jose, Calif.
Elizabeth Johnson Redlands Sr. Portland, Ore.
Sydney Lee CMS Fy. Oakland, Calif.
Second Team All-SCIAC
Name Institution Year Hometown
Anna Tifrea Caltech Fy. Fullerton, Calif.
Jackie Lacy Redlands Jr. Palm Desert, Calif.
Christie Kurdys California Lutheran Sr. Boca Raton, Fla.
Kindall Yeung Whittier Sr. Brea, Calif.
Caroline Cox CMS So. Louisville, Ky.
Sarina Liu Caltech So.  Rolling Hills, Calif.
Rebecca Salaway Pomona-Pitzer Jr.  Scottsdale, Ariz.
Lilijana Peters-Semak California Lutheran Fy. Pine Groove Mills, Pa.