NEW LONDON — Colby-Sawyer junior Yashu Yang (Kunming City, China) has been named the 2019 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Women’s Tennis Player of the Year.
Yang, who picked up her second-straight Player of the Year honor, also earned All-GNAC First Team Singles and All-GNAC First Team Doubles accolades. Senior Alexa Conlin (Westborough, Mass.) was named All-GNAC First Team Doubles and All-GNAC Second Team Singles. Sophomore Juliet Henderson (Swanzey, N.H.) represented the Chargers on the GNAC All-Sportsmanship Team.
Yang went a perfect 7-0 at the top singles flight and is now 13-0 in two years with the GNAC. She went 12-1 overall in singles with her lone loss coming at the ITA Regional’s. All of her 12 wins were in straight sets and she dropped more than two games only once. Yang moved into a tie for ninth in career singles wins with 45.
Yang and Conlin completed the GNAC regular season with a perfect 7-0 doubles record at the top spot. Yang is now 14-0 in GNAC regular season doubles matches. The duo combined for an overall record of 13-1 with their lone loss coming in the semifinals of the Grass Court Doubles Tournament, held at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, to a tandem from Division I Holy Cross. Yang also moved into a tie for 10th in doubles wins with 50 and total wins with 95.
Conlin garnered her first nod to the All-GNAC Second Team Singles with a 3-4 record against conference opponents at the second flight. She finished 5-6 overall.
Henderson picked up a pair of singles wins on the season and went 6-9 in doubles action. She and teammate Amira Eid (Pelham, N.H.) reached the B Flight finals at this year’s Grass Court Doubles Tournament.