Lopers place nine rackets on all-conference

UNK tennis practices at Harmon Park in Kearney, Neb. on April 20, 2018 (KHGI)

The Nebraska-Kearney tennis team has placed five men and four women on the 2018 All-MIAA teams.

The league's head coaches vote on the makeup of the squads. There are 10 women's and six men's programs in the MIAA.

Senior Joey Richards (Eden Prairie, Minn.) won the men's Sportsmanship Award with senior Emma Neil (Papillion-LaVista) sharing the women's Sportsmanship honor with two others.

Earning first-team men's honors is senior Aaron Reekie (Houston) and junior Johnnie Carmichael (England) at number three doubles and true freshman Alberto Diaz (Spain) at number six singles. Next, Richards and Diaz were tabbed second-team number two doubles with Richards second-team number five singles. Also on the second team was true freshman Dias Meiirbek (Kazakhstan) at number four singles.

The women had three honorable mention selections in Spanish senior Amanda Alvarez (number three singles) and junior Sherry Sun (China) and freshman Claire Neil (Papillion-LaVista) at number three doubles.

Richards and Neil are both four-year starters for the Lopers. Richards enters the NCAA Tournament 14-4 in singles this spring and pairs with Diaz to be 16-3 in doubles. The duo has been nationally-ranked this year.

Neil, UNK's winningest all-time player, has a 13-8 spring singles record playing mainly at number four. Teamed with a variety of doubles partners she has a 15-7 doubles records heading into Saturday's NCAA match with Southwest Baptist.

Next on the women's side, Alvarez is a team-best 15-5 (10-2 at number three) in singles this spring with Sun and Claire Neil 8-4 overall as a doubles pair.

As a singles player, Diaz is 15-3 this spring including a 9-2 mark at number six. Meiirbek comes in at 10-3 (8-1 at number four) with Carmichael and Reekie a perfect 10-0 (9-0 at number three).

The now 26th-ranked Loper men host No. 29 Washburn in an NCAA Tournament match on Tuesday, May 1, at Harmon Park. The Loper women square off against No. 16 SBU Saturday in Edmond, Okla. The winner faces No. 9 Central Oklahoma on Sunday.

Courtesy UNK Sports Information

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