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Aranda, Frogner, Hill Earn OVC All-Conference Awards

Aranda, Frogner, Hill Earn OVC All-Conference Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – SIUE women's tennis players Lexi Aranda (Longwood, Florida), Mia Frogner (Oslo, Norway) and Madeline Hill (Topeka, Kansas) received All-Ohio Valley Conference awards for their performances during the regular season.

The awards are voted on by the conference's head coaches.

"The recognition that these three received is well-deserved," said SIUE Head Coach Nick Mueller. "Lexi, Mia and Madeline have had amazing years individually, and collectively they have put our team in a great position to continue playing."

Junior Lexi Aranda was named to the All-OVC first team for the second year in a row. She also was a member of the second team her freshman season. She went 9-1 in OVC play from the No. 1 position, ending the season on a seven-match win streak.

Junior Mia Frogner and freshman Madeline Hill were selected to the All-OVC second team. The award is the second for Frogner, who was an All-OVC first team selection a season ago. Frogner finished the conference season at 6-3 from the No. 2 position. Hill was 9-1 from the No. 3 spot.

"How our team is performing is a direct reflection of their efforts on the court," said Mueller. "The singles and doubles results for these three have been amazing all year. I am happy for their achievements."

SIUE will face the winner of third-seeded Eastern Kentucky and sixth-seeded Murray State in the semifinal match of the OVC Tournament Saturday at 2 p.m.

FIRST TEAM

Lidia Yanes Garcia, Austin Peay

Claudia Yanes Garcia, Austin Peay

Grace Summers, Eastern Illinois

Laura Argente, Eastern Kentucky

Lexi Aranda, SIU Edwardsville

Sarah Candeloro, UT Martin

Hitomi Naito, UT Martin

(Seven players appear on the first team due to a tie)

SECOND TEAM

Kelly Iden, Eastern Illinois

Corentine Bodin, Eastern Kentucky

Megan Blue, Murray

Ayaka Terashi, Morehead

Mia Frogner, SIU Edwardsville

Madeline Hill, SIU Edwardsville

OVC PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  Lidia Yanes Garcia, Austin Peay

OVC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Lidia Yanes Garcia, Austin Peay

OVC COACH OF THE YEAR: Dennis Taylor, UT Martin