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Louisville's Ashley Kroh Named MAC Player of the Year

May 4, 2005 09:19 AM

The below article originally appeared on the Marshall University website at http://www.herdzone.com/sports/wtennis/release.asp?RELEASE_ID=9923.

Marshall University senior tennis player Ashley Kroh (Louisville, Ky.) was named the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year Thursday night at the MAC awards banquet at Worthen Arena on the campus of Ball State, host of the 2005 conference tournament.

Ashley Kroh, Photos and Illustration by Matt Riley
The award is the first for the Thundering Herd since Anna Mitina was dubbed the league’s best player in 2001. Kroh was a perfect 9-0 in MAC singles play including a win over No. 52 nationally ranked Victoria Domina of Eastern Michigan. The senior was also 8-1 in doubles play on the season in the MAC.

For her career, Kroh has amassed an impressive 38-1 singles record in MAC play along with a 43-1 mark in doubles. The senior also has five career MAC Player of the Week awards, including three this season.

Winning the MAC Player of the Year award is just another one of the outstanding accolades in Kroh’s career. Last year in May, along with partner Jessica Johnson, the duo made it to the finals of the NCAA Doubles Tournament and were crowned All-Americans. Kroh has been ranked as high as No. 8 in the nation in doubles and recently took home the Elks College Athlete of the Year award. She is the Marshall all-time career winning percentage leader and with 194 overall wins in her career, she needs just one more to break the all-time mark held by Mitina.

“It’s nice to be honored with the award, but I would’ve been happier if all four seniors would’ve made the All-Conference team because they are all more than deserving for the results they’ve had this season,” Kroh said.

Senior Lille Nzudie (Duoala, Cameroon) was the only other Marshall player to garner All-MAC accolades. Nzudie was a second team All-MAC selection, joining Kroh on the first team. It was Nzudie’s first all-conference selection in her career. Kroh has been All-MAC three times in her career. She was on the second team in 2003 and 2004.

“We’re thrilled for Ashley to get the award because she was very deserving,” Marshall head coach John Mercer said. “She’s had an awesome year for us. We’re also very excited for Lille to get the recognition she deserves. However, we’re very disappointed that Joelle (Good) and Danielle (Hock) weren’t selected as part of the All-MAC team because they were undefeated in conference play and have been nationally ranked in doubles all year. They’re definitely very deserving to be on an All-MAC team.”

Marshall, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, finished the year 16-7 overall and 8-1 in the MAC. Marshall has won every MAC match 7-0 since its loss in the opener versus No. 1 seed Western Michigan.




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