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Simon and Woodring Earn Centennial Rookie and the Coach of the Year Honors

May 11, 2016

Freshman Chrissy Simon went 7-0 in singles in the conference.

LANCASTER, PA – Four members of the Johns Hopkins women’s tennis team, along with head coach Dave Woodring, were honored by the Centennial Conference on Wednesday afternoon. Woodring was named the conference’s Coach of the Year and freshman Chrissy Simon was selected as the Rookie of the Year.

Sophomore Megumi Chen, junior Anna Kankanala and freshman Kimberly Zou each earned All-Centennial honors for singles. Chen was named to the first team, Kankanala to the second team and Zou to the honorable mention team. Hopkins has produced 41 All-Centennial Conference selections since the inception of the conference in 1994. Since Woodring took over in 2011, 20 Blue Jays have earned all-conference singles honors.

Woodring, who is in his sixth year as head coach of the Blue Jays and second as the Director of Tennis, earns Centennial Coach of the Year honors for the second time in the last four years. He has guided Hopkins to a 114-24 (.826) record and a 60-0 record in the conference during his tenure. This season, JHU won its 10th straight Centennial Conference title and is 17-4 heading into the NCAA Tournament.

Simon is the second straight Blue Jay to earn Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year honors, joining sophomore Sunaina Vohra. Simon is undefeated in singles this season with a 12-0 mark and is 7-0 in conference play. She is 11-5 in doubles, including 4-1 in the Centennial, and was also named to the All-Sportsmanship Team.

Chen, who earns first team all-conference honors for the second straight year, leads the team with 12 singles wins. A semifinalist at the 2015 ITA Southeast Singles Championship, she finished the fall ranked 29th in the nation and she is currently ranked 11th in the Atlantic South. Kankanala earns all-conference honors for the first time in her career after going 10-0 this season, including 9-0 in conference. Zou is the 17th freshman in JHU history to earn All-Centennial honors, and the 13th since 2006. She is 11-3 in singles this season and went 5-0 in conference. She is also 11-5 in doubles, including 4-1 in the Centennial.