Depew, NY - Wednesday, May 1 marked a day of celebration and recognition for all of D'Youville's student-athletes at the yearly Athletics Awards Banquet at Salvatore's Hospitality.
Head coach Dassy Pawlik and graduate assistant Sarah Marino presented the awards to their D'Youville women's tennis team.
Freshman Alisson Meissner (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) came away from the evening with the team's Most Improved Player award after a strong freshman season. Meissner played in all 13 matches for the women this season, earning four wins as a singles player and two wins as a doubles player. Alisson racked up three wins in the final five matches of the regular season and helped bring the team back to the postseason.
Concluding her career as one of the best in program history, senior captain Gillian Wittig (Depew, NY/Depew) was the team's Spartan Award recipient. Wittig had an exceptional senior season as she moved to the number two singles position and dominated. In 13 matches, Gillian went 10-3 as a singles player and 10-3 as a doubles player. At season's end, Wittig was named an AMCC Second Team All-Conference player for the first time in her career and was the team's AMCC Sportsmanship award winner.
Gillian's career included being named MVP as a freshman, sophomore, and junior - leading the team in wins as a singles and doubles player each year. She was also named AMCC Player of the Week this season. The Spartan Award represents a player who exemplifies teamwork, passion and a dedication to their team.
In her first year as a Spartan, freshman Lauren Karoglan (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park) was named the team's Most Valuable Player. Karoglan had an incredible freshman season with the women, taking over the number one singles role and thrived in her position. After going 2-1 in her first three career matches, Lauren won eight of her last nine matches, including seven straight.
Karoglan lost just two singles matches all season and went 10-3 with Wittig as the team's top doubles pair. Lauren was named AMCC Player of the Week once this season.
(Pictured from left to right: Meissner, Wittig, Karoglan)