Amaia Balaguer Brau and Nicole Kempton of Slippery Rock University have earned top honors in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Western Division. Balaguer Brau received the Western Division Athlete of the Year award, while Kempton was named Freshman of the Year. Balaguer Brau, a standout in both singles and doubles, and Kempton, who excelled in singles, were joined by Gabriela del Val del Toro on the All-PSAC team. The trio helped lead SRU to a 15-8 season, advancing to the PSAC finals and the NCAA Round of 32.

By the Numbers
  • Balaguer Brau posted a 19-9 overall singles record.
  • Kempton achieved a 15-7 overall singles record.
  • del Val del Toro recorded a 17-9 overall singles record.
  • The team held a 15-8 overall record.
Yes, But

Although SRU advanced to the PSAC finals and won their first-round NCAA Tournament match, they were eliminated in the Round of 32. This shows room for growth as they strive for deeper runs in future national tournaments.

State of Play
  • Balaguer Brau ended the season on a nine-match winning streak.
  • SRU has made 20 NCAA Tournament appearances, including 19 under head coach Matt Meredith.
What's Next

Balaguer Brau is set to continue her success as she was recently named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Atlantic Region Player to Watch for 2024. The team will aim to build on their consistent NCAA appearances with hopes of advancing further in future tournaments.

Bottom Line

Balaguer Brau and Kempton's accolades highlight a strong year for SRU women's tennis, but the team has its sights set on achieving even greater success in upcoming seasons. Continued excellence and strategic improvements could solidify their competitive edge in the PSAC and beyond.