Three Broncos Named All-MW
April 27, 2016

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Three Boise State women’s tennis student-athletes were named All-Mountain West Wednesday, at an awards ceremony held in conjunction with the conference tournament. Hanna Kantenwein was selected to the All-MW singles team, while the doubles team of Megan LaLone and Naomi de Hart was also honored.

“I’m very proud of our all-conference honorees,” said head coach Beck Roghaar. “To see Megan earn doubles again this year was really special for her as a senior. Having two underclassmen garner awards leaves us feeling that the future is very bright.”

Kantenwein, a freshman from Pforzheim, Germany, joined the Broncos in January and has racked up an 11-6 singles record in her debut season, including a 9-3 mark at the No. 1 position. Kantenwein moved up to the top spot a third of the way through the season, where her only losses have come at the hands of nationally-ranked opponents. She went 3-1 against Mountain West competition.

“Hanna’s singles honors are very well deserved,” said Roghaar. “To do what she has done at the number one spot in the lineup as a freshman hasn’t happened in quite some time in our program. Her record speaks for itself, but what people probably don’t see is she arrived at Boise State two weeks before the season started and jumped into college tennis head first.”

Kantenwein was one of three freshmen named all-conference in singles. She was joined by UNLV’s duo of Aiwen Zhu and Anna Bogoslavets. Zhu edged out Kantenwein for MW Freshman of the Year honors.

“Hanna nearly nabbed freshman of the year, coming in second in the vote,” Roghaar said. “She’ll only continue to improve with experience at this level as she transitions through the next few years.”

LaLone and de Hart played 15 matches at the No. 1 doubles spot this spring, helping the Broncos win the doubles point in 10 matches. This is the second all-conference award of LaLone’s career. She was also named All-MW in doubles as a sophomore in 2014. It is the first conference honor for de Hart.

“Megan has worked incredibly hard to become the doubles player that she has become during her time in the program,” said Roghaar. “Her success is a testament to her willingness to get outside of her comfort zone to grow. Looking back at the strides she’s made here over the past few years leaves us feeling very proud of her in every way.”

“I couldn’t be happier for Naomi to earn this honor as a sophomore,” Roghaar said. “She’s battled injuries all year and has willed herself into the player she is right now. She’s been so willing to take on the role of playing mostly doubles all year which has included really specializing and focusing on that in practice every day. She’s done a phenomenal job of doing what the team has needed her to do throughout the season, and I know this has to feel great for her tonight.”

Boise State has landed at least one singles honoree and one doubles pair on the all-conference team in each of the school’s five years in the Mountain West.

The Broncos will open play at the Mountain West Championship Friday, against San José State. Boise State, the No. 5 seed, meets the fourth-seeded Spartans at 10 a.m. MT, in quarterfinal action.

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