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BOWIE, Md. – Under the leadership of the unparalleled head coach Sunday Enitan, the Shaw University women's tennis team had all six members be named to the 2019 All-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Team announced by the league office. The news comes before the Lady Bears will look to make run for its third consecutive CIAA championship.

Senior Carmen Mantecon (Madrid, Spain) was named the 2019 CIAA Women's Tennis Player of the Year while freshman Kundai Manyonga (Harare, Zimbabwe) was chosen as the 2019 CIAA Women's Tennis Rookie of the Year. Lastly, Enitan was voted the 2019 CIAA Women's Tennis Coach of the Year.

Mantecon, a 2X All-CIAA selectee, earned the POY honor with a 17-4 regular season record at the No. 2 singles position that was highlighted by an impressive 12-0 mark against CIAA opponents. The 3X CIAA Women's Tennis Player of the Week also captured an 11-0 record against conference opponents with partner junior Siria Dibe (Tucumon, Argentina) at the No. 1 doubles for an 15-7 overall record.

A 3X CIAA Rookie of the Week recipient in Manyonga, she cultivated her first year of collegiate competition with a 17-6 overall record and 10-1 mark against CIAA schools at the No. 4 position for the Lady Bears. Along with freshman teammate Eva Ostermeier (Munich, Germany) at the No. 3 doubles, the rookie tandem combined for a 10-3 record overall and 7-0 mark against CIAA opponents.

Enitan wins his third COY honor in the last four years and 10th overall for the women's tennis program at Shaw. He has proven to be amongst one of the greatest coaches in league history for women's tennis and has done so consistently since the beginning of his tenure back in 1999. This season, Enitan was able to guide the Lady Bears to an 11-1 mark in conference play – marking Shaw's 11th- consecutive Southern Division title.


Shaw concluded the regular season 14-9 and earned the No. 1 seed in the 2019 CIAA Women's Tennis Championship.


Additionally, Shaw had all six players make the All-CIAA team that featured junior Helena Fekete (Belgrade, Serbia), Ostermeier, Dibe and senior Teodora Jovanovic (Nis, Serbia).


Shaw will face the No. 8 Bowie State Bulldogs during the opening round of the tournament on Thursday (May 2) with the event beginning at 10:30 a.m.


Arnisha Cosby, Fayetteville State
Halle Parker, Johnson C. Smith
Aria Springfield, Johnson C. Smith
Carmen Mantecon, Shaw
Kundai Manyonga, Shaw
Helena Fekete, Shaw
Eva Ostermeier, Shaw
Siria Dibe, Shaw
Teodora Jovanovic, Shaw

Christina Washington, Virginia State
Sydney Yao, Virginia State
Avion Harris, Winston-Salem State

Player of the Year

Carmen Mantecon, Shaw

Rookie of the Year

Kundai Manyonga, Shaw

Coach of the Year

Sunday Enitan, Shaw