NEW YORK - Senior Hannah Liljekvist (Djursholm, Sweden) of the Seton Hall tennis team has been named to the All-BIG EAST team after a strong 2016 campaign at No. 2 singles, the conference office announced Thursday. Liljekvist, who served as the team's captain this past season, is now a three-time All-Conference performer, making her just the second in program history to accomplish the feat.
Liljekvist joins Chloe Sher on the short list of three-time All-BIG EAST Pirates. Sher made All-Conference three consecutive years from 2012-14.
“I am very proud of the work Hannah put in this season, especially serving as our team captain,” head coach Greg Wyzykowski said. “She is very deserving of this All-BIG EAST honor and puts her in very good company among the elite in our program’s history.”
This spring season, Liljekvist was 12-6 at No. 2 singles, which included victories over BIG EAST opponents Marquette, Providence and Villanova as well as non-conference victories over Rutgers, Navy, Army and Fairfield. Her 12 dual match singles victories tied for second-most on the squad and she concludes her Hall career with 35 singles wins, all of them coming at the top two positions.
On the doubles side, Liljekvist teamed with sophomore Luize Strike (Riga, Latvia) to win nine dual matches at No. 1, including victories over Rutgers, Navy, Army and Fairfield. The duo also took No. 1 doubles vs. St. John’s in the BIG EAST Championship quarterfinals.
Liljekvist, a BIG EAST Academic All-Star, Dean’s List student, Chi Alpha Sigma inductee and recipient of Seton Hall’s Academic Merit Award, will graduate from Seton Hall on Monday.
2016 All-BIG EAST Tennis Selections
Patricia Lancranjan, DePaul
Rebeca Mitrea, DePaul
Yuliya Shupenia, DePaul*
Risa Nakagawa, Georgetown
Victoire Saperstein, Georgetown
Silvia Ambrosio, Marquette*
Anna Morozova, St. John’s
Natallia Vavulina, St. John’s
Hannah Liljekvist, Seton Hall
Cristina DiLorenzo, Xavier
Amina Ismail, Xavier
Sydney Liggins, Xavier*
BIG EAST Player of the Year: Sydney Liggins, Xavier
BIG EAST Freshman of the Year: Silvia Ambrosio, Marquette
BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year: Xavier