SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) announced its 2017 Women's Tennis All-Conference Teams and major award winners Tuesday afternoon. Seven of the nine women's tennis playing schools had representatives on this year's list.
Nichols's Amarie Settiwongse (Bangkok, Thailand) was selected as the CCC Player of the Year and became the first player since Anna Dyakiv (POY 2010, 2011, 2012), also from Nichols, to earn the honor in back-to-back seasons. Endicott's Gretta Hartman (Glastonbury, Conn.) was voted the league's best newcomer as Rookie of the Year. Christina D'Agostino (Bohemia, N.Y.) from Western New England was named this year's Senior Scholar-Athlete.
Endicott's Jeremy Howard earned his fourth CCC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year nod and Gordon was the recipient of the Team Sportsmanship award.
Voting for the All-CCC Teams and major awards was conducted by the nine CCC head women's tennis coaches following the conclusion of the regular season.
Settiwongse and Hartman were also named to the All-CCC First Team as singles players. Hartman's teammate, junior Hayley Barnett (Marlboro, N.J.) was also a First Team selection. Gordon's Justine Hanson (Meadow Vista, Calif.), Roger Williams's Julia Akerman (Greenwich, Conn.), and Wentworth's Ali Sollecito (Taunton, Mass.) were also recognized as First Team singles players.
Six players were named as All-CCC Second Team singles performers. A pair Gulls, Reilly Fitzgibbons (Killingworth, Conn.) and Gillian Freter (Scituate, Mass.), were recognized, as were Katherine Jeffreys (Parkton, Md.) from Gordon and Megan Nathanson (Scarborough, Maine) from Nichols. Eastern Nazarene's Emily Ruttkowski (Castrop-Rauxel, Germany) and Roger Williams's Kathryn Hughes (Westford, Mass.) also received the honor.
The All-CCC Third Team singles players included a trio of Bison – Juliana Herrera (Villavicencio, Columbia), Alanna Judd (Westborough, Mass.), and Isabelle Leonardi (North Hampton, N.H.). Adele Duval (Redding, Calif.) from Eastern Nazarene, Taryn Roche (Greenlawn, N.Y.) and Ali Stankiewicz (Brunswick, Maine) from Roger Williams, and Morgan Schrader (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) from Western New England made up the rest of the Third Team.
Three doubles teams were also given All-CCC First Team recognition. Leonardi and Settiwongse from Nichols made up one pair, while Akerman and Hughes from Roger Williams made up another. The final group was Endicott's Hartman teaming up with senior Maxine Bergstein (Hingham, Mass.).
The Gulls pairing of Barnett and Fitzgibbons was one of three teams named to the All-CCC Second Team. Joining them were Nathanson and Ashley Dallaire (East Bridgewater, Mass.) from Nichols and Maddie Berry (Paso Robles, Calif.) and Kaelyn Hall (Sugarland, Texas) from Gordon.
The Third Team All-CCC doubles pairs were Eastern Nazarene's Duval and Ruttkowski, Gordon's Hanson and Gabrielle Brucker (Eleva, Wis.), and Roger Williams's Heidi Martin (Scituate, Mass.) and Gabrielle Riley (Barnstable, Mass.).
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Amarie Settiwongse, Nichols
Settiwongse earned her second straight CCC Player of the Year nod after a stellar sophomore season. She had a 23-7 combined record while playing in the No. 1 spots for Nichols in both singles and doubles all year. In conference play, her only loss came in doubles match against Endicott. Settiwongse was nearly untouchable in singles play going to three sets only once. In her 10 straight-set singles victories, she had at least one 6-0 set in each match and only lost more than two games in a set once. The second-year player was named CCC Player of the Week on three occasions (Weeks ending Sept. 10, Oct. 1, Oct. 8).
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Gretta Hartman, Endicott
Hartman has been a standout for Endicott in her freshman campaign. She holds a 15-4 combined record across singles and doubles play. She has been especially strong as part of the Gulls' No. 1 doubles pair having dropped only a single match and posting perfect 7-0 CCC record. In singles play, Hartman has competed primarily in the No. 2 spot, going 5-3 in the second flight. She has also picked up two wins as the Gulls' No. 1 in singles. Hartman was selected as the CCC Rookie of the Week four times (Weeks ending Sept. 3, Sept. 17, Sept. 24, and Oct. 1).
Christina D'Agostino, Western New England
D'Agostino, a health science major with a 3.8 GPA, has been a force at the top of the Western New England lineup in her time at the school. In addition to her strong play, she is extremely active on-campus and throughout the Springfield, Mass. community. She currently holds an internship at the campus Health Service Office. The SAAC representative and team captain has excelled in academics, athletics, leadership, and community service.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Jeremy Howard, Endicott
Coach Howard earns his second straight and fourth overall (COY 2013, 2014, 2016), women's tennis Coach of the Year nod. This season he lead Endicott to a 7-1 CCC (9-2 overall) record with the only conference loss coming at the hands of No. 1 seed Nichols, 5-4. Throughout the rest of the conference schedule, Howard's team never loss more than one match with five of the contests being sweeps. The Gulls will enter the upcoming CCC Women's Tennis Championship Tournament as the No. 2 seed.
2017 ALL-CCC WOMEN'S TENNIS TEAMS
FIRST TEAM ALL-CCC SINGLES
Julia Akerman, Sr., Roger Williams
Hayley Barnett, Jr., Endicott
Justine Hanson, Jr., Gordon
Gretta Hartman, Fr., Endicott
Amarie Settiwongse, So., Nichols
Ali Sollecito, Fr., Wentworth
SECOND TEAM ALL-CCC SINGLES
Reilly Fitzgibbons, Jr., Endicott
Gillian Freter, Jr., Endicott
Kathryn Hughes, Sr., Roger Williams
Katherine Jeffreys, Sr., Gordon
Megan Nathanson, So., Nichols
Emily Ruttkowski, Fr., Eastern Nazarene
THIRD TEAM ALL-CCC SINGLES
Adele Duval, Jr., Eastern Nazarene
Juliana Herrera, Fr., Nichols
Alanna Judd, Sr., Nichols
Isabelle Leonardi, So., Nichols
Taryn Roche, So., Roger Williams
Morgan Schrader, So., Western New England
Ali Stankiewicz, Sr., Roger Williams
FIRST TEAM ALL-CCC DOUBLES
Julia Akerman (Sr.) & Kathryn Hughes (Sr.), Roger Williams
Maxine Bergstein (Sr.) & Gretta Hartman (Fr.), Endicott
Isabelle Leonardi (So.) & Amarie Settiwongse (So.), Nichols
SECOND TEAM ALL-CCC DOUBLES
Hayley Barnett (Jr.) & Reilly Fitzgibbons (Jr.), Endicott
Maddie Berry (Sr.) & Kaelyn Hall (Jr.), Gordon
Ashley Dallaire (Sr.) & Megan Nathanson (So.), Nichols
THIRD TEAM ALL-CCC DOUBLES
Gabrielle Brucker (Jr.) & Justine Hanson (Jr.), Gordon
Adele Duval (Jr.) & Emily Ruttkowski (Fr.), Eastern Nazarene
Heidi Martin (Fr.) & Gabrielle Riley (Sr.), Roger Williams
Player of the Year - Amarie Settiwongse, Nichols
Rookie of the Year - Gretta Hartman, Endicott
Senior Scholar-Athlete – Christina D'Agostino, Western New England
Coach of the Year - Jeremy Howard, Endicott
Team Sportsmanship - Gordon
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and four associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.