BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Shaylin Prout and Deanie Hatch of the Bemidji State University tennis team have been named to the All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Team today in an announcement by the league. Prout, a BSU junior, was selected to the singles second team in a poll of the NSIC's head coaches, while with doubles partner Deanie Hatch, she also earned a spot on the honorable mention squad for doubles play.
A junior, Prout, anchored the Beavers’ lineup as their No. 1 singles player in all 15 of the team’s 2015 matches. She led the team with a 10-5 singles record and went 7-5 in the No. 1 slot versus NSIC competition. In addition, Prout teamed up with Hatch, also a junior, to record a 7-7 record as the Beavers’ top doubles pair.
Prout, a 2014 All-NSIC Honorable Mention selection, becomes the first BSU tennis player to earn Second-Team All-NSIC honors since 2009 when Kali Welu was bestowed with the award. She and Hatch are the second and third players to earn all-conference honors under current head coach Mark Fodness.
In the same announcement the NSIC named Augustana College's Jessa Richards player of the year, Andrea Rognlien of Minnesota State University Moorhead and Berkley Darr of Augustana as its senior and freshman of the year, respectively, while Augustana's Marc Kurtz was named NSIC Coach of the Year. He led the Vikings to a 21-4 record, with a perfect 11-0 mark in NSIC play en route to their fifth straight NSIC Championship and a berth into the NCAA Division II Tournament.
The Beavers finished the regular season 5-10 overall and 4-9 in NSIC play for 10th place in the final NSIC standings, narrowly missing out on an appearance in the NSIC Championship.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).