BALTIMORE, Md. – Anais Gill (Cambridge, England/Hills Road Sixth Form College) will have to make room on her mantle after taking home Landmark Conference awards on Thursday including the Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year.
The freshman was also named to the all-conference first team in singles play and joined by her doubles partner Mandile Mpofu (Harare, Zimbabwe/Arundel School) on the tandem all-conference second team for doubles.
Gill held a 13-7 mark in singles and 5-2 in Landmark action. The freshman, who played all of her singles matches but one at No. 1 singles, started her collegiate career by winning her first seven matches and won five of her final six matches of the regular season. She had match point against fellow all-conference first-team selection Emma Angle in the Landmark Conference semifinals before her match was halted since Moravian had clinched the match. The freshman was 3-2 on the year against players that joined her on the all-conference team.
Gill becomes the second Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year and the third player in program history to garner the recognition. Ariel Lin was named the Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year in 2012 and Sarah Ballou was named the Capital Athletic Conference top freshman in 2005.
Gill and Mpofu were 10-6 on the year as a tandem and 4-1 in conference matches. The duo defeated the No. 1 doubles team from Moravian in both the regular season and the semifinals match and won their final five matches of the year.
Goucher made its fifth appearance in the Landmark Conference postseason under first-year head coach Steve Baum and first since the 2013 season. The Gophers clinched is first non-losing regular season record (10-10) and winning Landmark Conference (4-3) mark since 2013.