Schmidt Collects Louisiana Women's Tennis Player of the Year Honors
Monday, May 23, 2005




Anja Schmidt

NEW ORLEANS, La.- Centenary standout Anja Schmidt capped off her record breaking career by adding yet another award to her collection by being named Louisiana Women’s Tennis Player of the Year by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association this week. The 5’7'' junior from Gilforn, Germany, plundered opponents posting a flawless spring season, going 17-0 at No. 1 singles, including an 8-0 record in Mid-Continent Conference play.

As league leader in singles victories for the second year in a row, Schmidt wrapped up her season with a team-best 25-3 overall mark while also posting the third-most double victories (13) in the conference with partner Heather Kelley. The Ladies duo completed the year with a 13-8 record.

Schmidt evolved throughout the years into one of Centenary’s most dominant and consistent players, earning her a spot in the Maroon and White history books. Her sophomore record of 23-2 resulted in a .920 winning percentage, which is the best single season effort of all-time. She finished her three-year career at Centenary ranking second in all-time singles wins with 25 single-season victories in 2004-05, right behind Jasmina Tonejc’s 1988-89 record of 26. The nine-time Mid-Con Player of the Week award winner also holds the school’s highest career winning percentage of .864.

In all, the Ladies player’s career has been highlighted with numerous accolades such as co-winner of the Mid-Con Scholar Athlete Award for the 2003-04 season, several Mid-Con Player of the Week honors, and has twice been named Mid-Con’s Women’s Tennis Player of the Year.

Schmidt joined Southeastern Louisiana’s Emilija Arnaudovska and McNeese’s Ann Grobbelaar, Dominique Bell from Xavier, Madeleine Hakansson from McNeese and Tulane’s Maria Ivanov on the All-Louisiana First Team. Arnaudovska also received Freshman of the Year as Grobbelaar took home Newcomer of the Year and Tulane’s head coach David Schumacher earned Coach of the Year honors.