CHESTERTOWN — In voting by the Centennial Conference head tennis coaches, Washington sophomores Landon Strober and Irene Meng, junior Alisha White and senior Ella Samer earned all-conference recognition, and Oliver Reynolds was his peers’ choice as Coach of the Year.
Strober, of Millstone, New Jersey, landed on the elite first team in singles. He went 5-4 at No. 1 for the all-underclassman Shoremen (3-7) and was their MVP.
“Landon is one of the hardest workers I have seen since being at Washington College, day in and day out,” Reynolds said in a news release.
He applauded Strober’s ability and perseverance in finding ways to stay in matches.
Strober is going to continue to get better, Reynolds said, “and the second half of his career at Washington College is going to be a lot of fun to watch!”
On the women’s side, Meng, of Surrey, British Columbia, was named to the All-CC first team in singles and doubles.
Meng led the Shore ladies (6-3) with seven wins in singles, playing primarily at No. 1. She was 6-1 in conference matches, losing only to Johns Hopkins senior Anji Kashyap, a two-time CC Player of the Year.
Reynolds said he is looking forward to seeing what Meng can do in the next two years, post-pandemic, with a return to a full schedule.
White, of Silver Spring (John F. Kennedy High School), was a first-team All-Centennial performer with doubles partner Meng and received honorable mention in singles.
The duo of Meng-White was 6-2 at No. 1, which included a 5-1 record in the conference.
White was 5-3 overall in singles, with four wins in Centennial matches. She played in the middle of the lineup at No. 3 and No. 4.
Samer, of Boise, Idaho, received honorable mention in singles after going 4-0 at No. 3 and 6-2 overall at Nos. 3, 4 and 5. She was 5-1 in conference matches.
This is the second time that Samer has earned All-CC recognition; as a sophomore in 2019, she was placed on the second team in singles and received honorable mention in doubles.
A two-time team MVP, she finishes with a career record of 38-18 in singles.
Samer and sophomore Christian Gruyon, of Bronx, New York, were Washington’s representatives on the conference’s All-Sportsmanship Team.
Reynolds was Coach of the Year in women’s tennis, steering the Shore ladies to a 5-2 record in Centennial matches.
Washington, which competed with only five women for most of the season, was 6-3 overall.