SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) announced its 2018 Women's Tennis All-Conference Teams and major award winners Tuesday afternoon. Seven of the eight women's tennis playing schools had representatives on this year's list with CCC Regular-Season Champion Nichols leading the way with seven.
The Bison's Amarie Settiwongse (Bangkok, Thailand) earned her third straight CCC Player of the Year honor. She joins Nichols' Anna Dyakiv (2010, '11, '12), Gordon's Diana Anderson (2004, '05, '06), and Gordon's Jen Anderson (2001, '02, '03) as the only players (based on available information) to win the award three years in a row. Two Endicott student-athletes also earned major awards with freshamn Justine Hoover (Wallingford, Conn.) being named Rookie of the Year and Lauren Rahr (Waterford, Conn.) being recognized as the Senior Scholar-Athlete. Nichols Associate Head Coach Eduardo Irizarry, who handled the head coaching duties for the Bison this fall, was named the CCC Coach of the Year and Wentworth earned the Team Sportsmanship award.
Voting for the All-CCC Teams and major awards was conducted by the eight CCC head women's tennis coaches following the conclusion of the regular season.
Settiwongse and Hoover were two of the seven student-athletes who were named All-Conference First Team singles players. They each had a teammate joining them on the First Team with Nichols' Alanna Judd (Westborough, Mass.) and Endicott's Hayley Barnett (Marlboro, N.J.) both being recognized. Gordon's Justine Hanson (Meadow Vista, Calif.), Roger Williams' Heidi Martin (Scituate, Mass.), and Salve Regina's Lauren Harvey (Edmond, Okla.) were also All-CCC First Team singles honorees.
Six different teams were represented on the Second Team All-CCC singles list. Gordon was the only school with two honorees with senior Gabrielle Brucker (Eleva, Wis.) and junior Anne Carsey (Flagstaff, Ariz.) both earning spots. Endicott and Nichols each had one All-CCC Second Team honoree with sophomore Gretta Hartman (Glastonbury, Conn.) representing the Gulls and freshman Kara Stankewitz (Cologne, Germany) representing the Bison. Wentworth's lone All-Conference honoree Ali Sollecito (Taunton, Mass.) was also an All-CCC Second Teamer. Rounding out the All-CCC Second Team were Makenzie Sadler (Mystic, Conn.) from Salve Regina and Morgan Schrader (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) from Western New England.
Endicott led the way on the All-CCC Third Team singles list with two student-athletes earning recognition. They were Reilly Fitzgibbons (Killingsworth, Conn.) and Fernanda Trevino (Dallas, Texas). Gordon's Kaelyn Hall (Sugar Land, Texas), Nichols' Isabelle Leonardi (North Hampton, N.H.), Roger Williams' Taryn Roche (Greenlawn, N.Y.), and WNE's Maylene LaPress (Bedford, N.H.) were also All-CCC Third Teamers.
The All-CCC First Team doubles pairs consisted of Brucker and Hanson from Gordon, Hartman and Trevino from Endicott, and Leonardi and Settiwongse from Nichols.
All-CCC singles honorees also made up two of the four All-CCC Second Team doubles pairs as Gordon's Carsey and Hall were selected as were Salve Regina's Harvey and Sadler. Endicott's Hoover paired up with Margot Andreasen to earn All-CCC Second Team recognition as did the Nichols pair of Rachel McDonald (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and Megan Nathanson (Scarborough, Maine).
Endicott's Barnett and Fitzgibbons made up one of the All-CCC Third Team doubles pairs. The other pairs included the Bison's Judd teaming up with Lindsey Kaplan (Boca Raton, Fla.) and the Hawks' Martin matching with Jessica Magliato (New Rochelle, N.Y.).
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Amarie Settiwongse, Nichols
Settiwongse earns her third consecutive CCC Player of the Year honor after a spectacular regular season. She was perfect in 11 dual matches this year in both singles and doubles play, playing the entire season in the No. 1 positions. Overall, she lost two singles and two doubles matches in tournament play and both of her singles losses were three-set battles. In dual matches, she never had to play a third set and only dropped more than three games in a single set twice. She was named CCC Player of the Week three times this year (Weeks ending Sept. 16, Sept. 30, Oct. 7).
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Justine Hoover, Endicott
Hoover was a strong contributor for Endicott in her first collegiate season playing in the top two spots in both singles and doubles. She posted an overall singles record of 8-2 in dual matches including a 4-1 mark in conference play. She went 3-1 when playing as the Gulls No. 1 and 5-1 as their No. 2. Her only singles loss in league play came against the top-seeded Bison. In doubles, she held a 7-3 dual match record and a 4-2 record in league play. She was a perfect 3-0 as part of Endicott's top pair and 4-3 as the No. 2. Hoover picked up weekly honors from the conference four times this year. She was named CCC Player of the Week in the weeks ending Sept. 9 and Sept. 23 and was selected the CCC Rookie of the Week in the weeks ending Sept. 16 and Sept. 23.
Lauren Rahr, Endicott
Rahr has been a solid contributor for Endicott on the court, while maintaining an even more impressive academic record. The mathematics major currently holds a 3.95 GPA and is a member of the Endicott Scholars Honor Program. She was recognized on the Dean's List every semester and was named to the CCC Academic All-Conference team in 2016 and 2017. Rahr, who is minoring in education, was also named an ITA Scholar-Athlete and is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society. The senior is a member of the Endicott Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and has volunteered for multiple ALS and diabetes charity 5Ks.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Eduardo Irizarry, Nichols
Irizarry earns his first CCC Coach of the Year honor acting as the Bison's associate head coach this season. He led Nichols to its third straight CCC Regular-Season Championship earning it the No. 1 seed in the upcoming CCC Tournament. Irizarry's Bison have not lost a dual match this year posting a 7-0 mark in conference play and an 11-0 mark overall. Of those 11 victories, five have been clean sweeps. The Bision have only dropped more than one match in a dual meeting twice this year.
2018 ALL-CCC WOMEN'S TENNIS TEAMS
FIRST TEAM ALL-CCC SINGLES
Hayley Barnett, Sr., Endicott
Justine Hanson, Sr., Gordon
Lauren Harvey, Fr., Salve Regina
Justine Hoover, Fr., Endicott
Alanna Judd, Sr., Nichols
Heidi Martin, So., Roger Williams
Amarie Settiwongse, Jr., Nichols
SECOND TEAM ALL-CCC SINGLES
Gabrielle Brucker, Sr., Gordon
Anne Carsey, Jr., Gordon
Gretta Hartman, So., Endicott
Makenzie Sadler, Fr., Salve Regina
Morgan Schrader, Jr., Western New England
Ali Sollecito, So., Wentworth
Kara Stankewitz, Fr., Nichols
THIRD TEAM ALL-CCC SINGLES
Reilly Fitzgibbons, Sr., Endicott
Kaelyn Hall, Sr., Gordon
Maylene LaPress, So., Western New England
Isabelle Leonardi, Jr., Nichols
Taryn Roche, Jr., Roger Williams
Fernanda Trevino, Fr., Endicott
FIRST TEAM ALL-CCC DOUBLES
Gabrielle Brucker (Sr.) & Justine Hanson (Sr.), Gordon
Gretta Hartman (So.) & Fernanda Trevino (Fr.), Endicott
Isabelle Leonardi (Jr.) & Amarie Settiwongse (Jr.), Nichols
SECOND TEAM ALL-CCC DOUBLES
Margot Andreasen (Sr.) & Justine Hoover (Fr.), Endicott
Anne Carsey (Jr.) & Kaelyn Hall (Sr.), Gordon
Lauren Harvey (Fr.) & Makenzie Sadler (Fr.), Salve Regina
Rachel McDonald (Jr.) & Megan Nathanson (Jr.), Nichols
THIRD TEAM ALL-CCC DOUBLES
Hayley Barnett (Sr.) & Reilly Fitzgibbons (Sr.), Endicott
Alanna Judd (Sr.) & Lindsey Kaplan (Jr.), Nichols
Jessica Magliato (Jr.) & Heidi Martin (So.), Roger Williams
Player of the Year - Amarie Settiwongse, Nichols
Rookie of the Year - Justine Hoover, Endicott
Senior Scholar-Athlete - Lauren Rahr, Endicott
Coach of the Year - Eduardo Irizarry, Nichols
Team Sportsmanship - Wentworth
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of nine full member and one 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.