Carlson Named Centennial Conference Player of the Year; Three Others Earn All-Centennial Honors
LANCASTER, Pa. - Sophomore Lia Carlson was named the Centennial Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Year while junior Emily Rosenblum, junior Kelsey Johnson and sophomore Epiphany English were also All-Centennial selections, the Conference announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Along with being named Player of the Year, Carlson was named to the All-Centennial Singles and Doubles First Teams. Rosenblum was selected to the All-Centennial Doubles First Team with her partner Carlson, as well the Second Team All-Centennial Singles. The doubles team of Johnson and English was named All-Centennial Honorable Mention.
Carlson (Staten Island, N.Y./Curtis) is the fourth Swarthmore player and ninth overall selection for Centennial Player of the Year honors, following in the footsteps of Kim Crusey (1995), Anjani Reddy (2001-04) and Rachel Wallwork (2008-10).
Currently the No. 4 player in the Atlantic South Region, Carlson had a breakout sophomore campaign, finishing 17-4 in singles play and 10-3 from the No. 1 slot in Centennial play. During the 2011-12 season, Carlson posted key victories over three-time All-American Laura Chen (Carnegie Mellon), the Atlantic South Region's No. 3 ranked player Elaine Baik (Johns Hopkins) and First Team All-Centennial selections Alysia Rodgers (Dickinson) and Jordan Finnegan (Washington College).
In doubles action, the team of Carlson and Rosenblum (Berwyn, Pa./Friends Central) finished the season at 7-7 from the No. 1 position, including an important win over Dickinson's No.1 team of Alysia Rodgers and Shannon Lavery in the Centennial Conference semifinals.
In singles play, Rosenblum also played an integral part of the Garnet's success by posting a 7-6 overall record and 5-2 Centennial record from the No. 2 position.
Rounding out the All-Centennial selections was the doubles team of Johnson (Titusville, N.J./Hopewell Valley) and English (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake). The duo finished the season 5-4 and a perfect 4-0 in Centennial Conference action playing mainly from the No. 2 position.