Nsimba, Macias Earn All-Horizon League First-Team Honors

Noelly Nsimba and Sofia Macias were named first-team All-Horizon League
Noelly Nsimba and Sofia Macias were named first-team All-Horizon League

Youngstown State women's tennis senior standouts Noelly Longi Nsimba and Sofia Macias have been named All-Horizon League First-Team selections, the conference announced on Wednesday.

The Penguins were the only school to have two players recognized as first-team all-league. Cleveland State's Isabella Spindler, Oakland's Darya Maltseva, Northern Kentucky's Margita Sunjic and Wright State's Karoline Haller were all named first-team honorees along with Macias and Nsimba.

It marks the second consecutive year that Nsimba was named first-team all-league and it is also the second straight year the Guins have had multiple players named first-team all-conference. It is the first career all-league honor for Macias.

Nsimba went 14-8 in dual matches this spring and was 7-2 in Horizon League contests. She played all 22 of her matches this spring at the No. 1 spot in the lineup. In Horizon League doubles matches she was 7-1. Macias has an indentical 14-8 record in dual matches, but went a career-best 8-1 in league play. She played 23 of her 24 matches at No. 2 doubles this spring. 

For her career, Nsimba has won 63 singles matches, 41 of which have come in dual play. In Horizon League regular-season contests she was 21-6 posting a 7-2 mark in each of her three seasons with the program. Macias has won 69 singles contests, including 54 dual matches. In Horizon League regular-season contest she was 25-9 in her four years.

The Penguins, who have won four straight Horizon League postseason championships, look to defend their title starting on Saturday at 11 a.m. The Guins will face the winner of the Cleveland State-Northern Kentucky match in the HL semifinals at Purdue's Schwartz Tennis Center in West Lafayette, Ind.

For news and updates throughout the season, follow the Youngstown State women's tennis program on Twitter @YSUWomensTennis

Women's Tennis First Team All-League
Isabella Spindler, Cleveland State
Darya Maltseva, Oakland
Margita Sunjic, Northern Kentucky
Karoline Haller, Wright State
Sofia Macias, Youngstown State
Noelly Longi Nsimba, Youngstown State

Women's Tennis Second Team All-League
Jasmine Apawti, Detroit Mercy
Maria Koo, Northern Kentucky
Dasha Artamonova, Oakland
Lejla Colic, UIC
Georgie Sanders, UIC
Haily Morgan, Wright State

Women's Tennis Awards
Player of the Year – Margita Sunjic, Northern Kentucky
Freshman of the Year – Darya Maltseva, Oakland
Coach of the Year – Shannon Tully, UIC
Herb Foster Sportsmanship Award – Hannah Watton, Northern Kentucky