by NICK KORNDER, NSIC Media Relations
Mya Lubben of Winona State University earned the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Elite 18 Award for women’s tennis. She was presented the award prior to the Warriors quarterfinal match versus Minnesota Duluth at the NSIC Tennis Tournament, being held at Match Pointe in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Lubben is the third Warrior to earn the Elite 18 Award for women’s tennis as Kenda Kappes won the award the past two seasons and Rachel Gantz won the award three seasons ago. Winona State has now had seven student-athletes earn the NSIC Elite 18 Award on eight occasions since its inception in 2016-17.
As part of the NSIC 25th Anniversary celebration, the NSIC Elite 18 Award was instituted to recognize the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the NSIC Championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The NSIC Elite 18 award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NSIC’s 18 Championships.
Lubben is a junior majoring in mathematics - secondary teaching and holds a 4.00 grade point average. The Buffalo, Minn., native is 1-0 at number-three doubles this year for the Warriors as she teamed up with Faith Young for a 6-0 win over Minnesota State.