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WOMEN’S TENNIS: Shaelyn Johnson, Sophie Groen rack up All-NSIC awards

A pair of Bemidji State women’s tennis players have stockpiled all-conference awards for their prowess on the courts this season.

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Bemidji State sophmore Shaelyn Johnson hits an overhead against Winona State on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, at the Gillett Wellness Center.
Christian Babcock / Bemidji Pioneer

BURNSVILLE -- A pair of Bemidji State women’s tennis players have stockpiled all-conference awards for their prowess on the courts this season.

Sophomores Shaelyn Johnson and Sophie Groen were jointly named to the All-NSIC Doubles First Team on Tuesday as the league announced its postseason award winners. Additionally, Johnson was selected for the All-NSIC Singles First Team, while Groen was tabbed as an All-NSIC Singles Second Team pick.

Johnson, a native of Grand Forks, N.D., finished the year with a 12-2 record, which was tops among all BSU players. Groen, who hails from Uigeest, Netherlands, went 9-5 at the top singles spot in 2021-22. As a doubles pair, the two went 9-5 on the season.

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Bemidji State sophomore Sophie Groen hits a forehand against Winona State on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, at the Gillett Wellness Center.
Christian Babcock / Bemidji Pioneer

Johnson was previously named to the All-NSIC Singles Honorable Mention Team last spring, while Groen was named to the All-NSIC Singles Second Team and the All-NSIC Doubles First Team in 2021.

The NSIC named 18 athletes to the singles all-conference teams and nine pairs to the doubles all-conference teams.

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Augustana’s Valeriya Monko was named the NSIC’s Player of the Year, while Charalampia Grammatikaki of Upper Iowa was named the Freshman of the Year. Minnesota State’s Ryan Kucera was the Coach of the Year, as well.

Bemidji State finished the 2021-22 season with a 7-7 overall record and a 4-7 mark in conference play.

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