Nichols Favored to Repeat as CCC Women’s Tennis Champions

Nichols Favored to Repeat as CCC Women’s Tennis Champions

2017 CCC Women's Tennis Preseason Poll Video

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Nichols was perfect in Commonwealth Coast Conference play a year ago as it went 8-0 (17-4 overall) and earned its first conference title since 2010. The Bison were picked to defend their title in the CCC Women's Tennis Preseason Coaches' Poll.

The reigning champions earned 80 points in the poll including eight of the nine first place votes in the voting conducted by the nine CCC women’s tennis coaches last week.

Nichols reached the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament after defeating Ithaca in the First Round.

Endicott was picked second on this year’s table accumulating 72 points and the remaining first place vote. With their loss in the CCC Championship match, Endicott ended a streak of five-straight CCC titles.

Roger Williams and Gordon finished fourth and fifth in the poll with 62 and 56 points, respectively, while Western New England rounded out the top five with 44.

Eastern Nazarene (30 points), Wentworth (27), Salve Regina (23) and Curry (11) rounded out the poll in that order.

The first matches involving CCC teams take place on Friday, Sept. 1 with five non-conference matchups. League play gets going less than a week later on Thursday, Sept. 7. The top six teams in the 2017 regular-season conference standings will qualify for the CCC Tournament. The Tournament gets underway Wednesday, Oct. 11 with the quarterfinals and concludes Saturday, Oct. 21 with the Championship match. The winner of the tournament will be named the CCC Tournament Champion and will earn the league’s automatic qualifier into the NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championship.

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2017 CCC Women's Tennis Preseason Coaches' Poll

  Team Points (First Place Votes)
1. Nichols 80 (8)
2. Endicott  72 (1)
3. Roger Williams 62
4. Gordon 56
5. Western New England 44
6. Eastern Nazarene 30
7. Wentworth 27
8. Salve Regina 23
9. Curry   11

 

2017 CCC Women's Soccer Previews

1. Nichols

The Bison women’s tennis program seeks to defend its conference championship behind reigning CCC Player and Rookie of the Year, Amarie Settiwongse (Bangkok, Thailand). Junior and All-CCC Second Team pick Alanna Judd (Westborough, Mass.) returns for head coach Paul Brower, as do sophomore Danielle Mandel (Fair Lawn, N.J.) (All-CCC First Team – Doubles), sophomore Megan Nathanson (Scarborough, Maine) (All-CCC Third Team – Singles), senior Daniela Saldarriaga (All-CCC Third Team – Singles), sophomore Lindsey Kaplan (Boca Raton, Fla.) (All-CCC Third Team – Doubles), and sophomore Isabelle Leonardi (North Hampton, N.H.) (All-CCC Second Team – Doubles).

   Amarie Settiwongse, NC

2. Endicott

After winning five straight CCC titles from 2011-2015, the Endicott women’s tennis team looks to return to the top of the conference in 2017 after falling in the CCC championship match last fall.

 

The Gulls bring back five All-Conference selections in Hayley Barnett (Marlboro, N.J.), Lauren Rahr (Waterford, Conn.), Margot Andreasen (Portland, Maine), Gillian Freter (Scituate, Mass.) and Maxine Bergstein (Hingham, Mass.), and a talented recruiting class that will aid them in their push towards a seventh straight CCC title match appearance.

  Hayley Barnett, EC

3. Roger Williams

The Roger Williams women’s tennis team concluded the 2016-17 campaign with a solid showing throughout the year. The Hawks wrapped up the year going 12-4 on the season, including eight victories in which the Hawks did not lose a singles or doubles match. In the fall, RWU compiled a 6-2 in the CCC and earned the No. 3 seed in the CCC Tournament. The team would advance to the CCC Semifinals against eventual CCC Champion Endicott. This season, the Hawks hope to return to the CCC Championship and come away with their first conference title since 2007. Though RWU graduated two-year No. 1 flight player Harley Kaiserman, the Hawks still bring back senior Julia Akerman (Greenwich, Conn.), who currently holds the school record with a .939 singles winning percentage.

   Julia Akerman, RWU

4. Gordon

The Fighting Scots return five players from last year’s team that went 11-9 and advanced to the CCC Semifinals. Senior Maddie Berry (Paso Robles, Calif.) played No. 5 singles and went 9-7 in singles play and 12-7 in doubles play. Junior Justine Hanson (Meadow Vista, Calif.) played as the No. 2 singles and went 6-2 in the CCC. Junior Kaelyn Hall (Sugar Land, Texas) split time between No. 2 and No. 3 singles with a 14-9 doubles record primarily at the No. 2 doubles spot. Junior Gabby Brucker (Eleva, Wis.) went 6-3 in singles play and 12-5 in doubles play. Gordon opens the season at home against Colby-Sawyer on Sept. 1 and will host Wentworth in their CCC opener on Sept. 7.

   Maddie BerryGC

5. Western New England

Western New England turned in an 8-6 record (4-4 CCC) last season en route to the program's third straight appearance in the CCC Tournament. Senior Christina D’Agostino (Bohemia, N.Y.) is the team’s lone returning All-CCC performer after earning third team honors for her doubles play in 2016-17.

D’Agostino will be joined at the top of the Golden Bears’ lineup by sophomore Morgan Schrader (Burnt Hills, N.Y.), who went 8-0 during singles play as a freshman last fall. Senior Kim Phu (Wolfeboro, N.H.), junior Petra Martinelli (Vernon, Conn.) and sophomore Rachel Bauer (Palmer, Mass.) round out Western New England’s five returners from last season’s squad. Phu and D’Agostino will serve as team captains in 2017-18.

Western New England hosts Johnson & Wales on Friday, Sept. 1 in its season opener, before beginning conference play on Saturday, Sept. 9 against Curry at the Volvo Outdoor Courts.

   Christina D'Agostino, WNE

6. Eastern Nazarene

The Eastern Nazarene women’s tennis team begins its 42nd season of competition Sept. 6 against Regis. The Lions will be led by first-year head coach Jack Sahlman. Senior Lindsey Steelman (Darlington, Md.) and junior Adele Duval (Redding, Calif.) headline the Lions’ returners after garnering All-CCC honors last fall. Duval was selected to the All-CCC second team after posting a 6-6 singles record at the No. 1 position and the duo combined to earn All-CCC second team honors after racking up a 7-5 record at the No. 1 doubles spot.

 
Lindsey Steelman, ENC

7. Wentworth

A season ago the Wentworth Institute of Technology women’s tennis team qualified for the CCC Tournament for the first time since the 2009 season. With no seniors on that squad, the Leopards should be in the hunt to make a second consecutive tournament appearance in 2017. Senior Sam Webb (Duxbury, Mass.) was one of three players to pick up five wins on the season and she also teamed with another five-win performer, Caitlyn Briggs (Lee, Mass.) for three wins at number one doubles. Senior Emily Jodoin (Burrillville, R.I.) also won five matches for the Black & Gold and picked up four wins in doubles play. Junior Ellen Butts (Brookfield, Mass.) is anticipated to return to the lineup after posting a team-best six wins in doubles play.

 
Sam Webb, WIT

8. Salve Regina

Second-year head coach Peter Torgrimson will have five players returning and a handful of new additions. He anticipates an exciting, competitive, and action-packed fall beginning with a home contest against Rhode Island College. Although the squad graduated two seniors (Taylor Amendola, Emma Gruber) that contributed greatly last season, the team will be adding some new freshman talent this year that should contribute to a relatively deep and healthy singles and doubles lineup.  Abigail Burke (Harwich, Mass.) and Priscilla Gaspard (Brockton, Mass.) both return with significant experience at second singles (four and six matches, respectively).

 
Priscilla Gaspard, SRU

9. Curry

Curry College women’s tennis head coach Norm Nguyen enters his third season at the helm and look to make improvements with a group of returners and newcomers to this year’s squad. The team will lean on Laura Ferris (Shelton, Conn.) and Jennifer Dube (Coventry, Conn.). Other key returners include Alexis McLea-Perry (Plymouth, Mass.), Taylor Johnson (Abington, Mass.) and Katelyn Harrington (Wesport, Mass.). The returners will help integrate the eight freshman the Colonels welcome to the 2017 roster.  2017 should be an exciting year as the team looks to improve their overall and conference records.

 
Laura Ferris, NC

 

Season previews contributed by each school's sports information department.

 

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