Middlebury’s Leung Repeats as Player of the Year
HADLEY, Mass. - For the second time in as many years, Middlebury sophomore Lok-Sze Leung has been chosen by the conference coaches as the NESCAC Player of the Year. Leung has enjoyed another strong season with the Panthers as she heads into this weekend's NCAA Championship with a 27-2 record in singles play.
The reigning NESCAC Player and Rookie of the Year opened her sophomore season with 12 consecutive straight-set wins, including a 6-0, 6-0 victory in the final of the USTA/ITA New England Regional Championship on September 30. Two weeks later, Leung followed that performance with a trip all the way to the final of the National Small College Championships. She competed at the number one position all season for Middlebury and won her last 11 matches to help the Panthers reach the semifinals of the conference championship. Leung was one of six players from the NESCAC chosen to participate in the NCAA individual championships from May 23 to 25 in Kalamazoo, Mich. In addition to Player of the Year honors, Leung earned a spot on the First Team in singles for the second straight year. She was also named to the 2012 Second Team in doubles.
Juniors Kara Shoemaker (Princeton, N.J.) and Kathleen Elkins (Davidson, N.C.) and sophomores Maria Pylypiv (Weatogue, Conn.) and Rebecca Curran (Rumford, R.I.) represented Williams on the First Team. Shoemaker and Elkins earned both singles and doubles honors, while Curran and Pylypiv picked up spots on the doubles team. Shoemaker was named to her second straight First Team in singles after posting an 18-8 record at the top spot for the Ephs. Elkins compiled a perfect 18-0 singles record playing primarily in the second and third positions. She was named to the First Team in doubles for the second straight year and received her second all-conference award in singles after she was named to the 2011 Second Team. Pylypiv recorded a 23-2 singles mark primarily out of the number five spot for the Ephs. She also posted an 18-11 doubles record at the top two spots, often playing as a partner to Elkins. Curran teamed up with Shoemaker and posted a 24-3 doubles record at the number one position. The duo will compete together at the NCAA individual championships later this month.
Juniors Jordan Brewer (La Quinta, Calif.) and Gabby Devlin (McLean, Va.) of Amherst each earned a spot on the First Team. Brewer posted a 16-7 record at the number one singles position and a 23-5 mark at the first doubles spot to earn First Team recognition in each for the second time in her career. Brewer was previously named to the First Team in both singles and doubles in 2011. She has also been invited to compete at the NCAA individual championships. Devlin is making her third straight appearance on the First Team in doubles. She has posted an 18-3 record this season and 16 of those victories came with Brewer as her partner. The pair has been selected to compete in doubles at the national individual championships.
Kellen Alberstone (Tarzana, Calif.) of Bowdoin also collected First Team honors. The Polar Bears' top player has tallied an 18-9 singles record and earned a spot on the First Team for the third straight year. She was also named to the Second Team in doubles in 2011. Alberstone will represent Bowdoin at the NCAA individual championships later this month.
Trinity first year Melita Ferjanic (Samobor, Croatia) was selected as the NESCAC Rookie of the Year. Ferjanic posted a 16-9 doubles record at the top position and earned a spot on the Second Team. She also recorded a 12-8 mark at the number one singles spot, earning First Team honors, and has been selected to compete at the national individual championships.
Seniors Lindsay Katz (Owings Mills, Md.) of Tufts and Nancy Worley (New Orleans, La.) of Williams shared the conference's Senior Sportswoman of the Year award. In addition to the Sportswoman of the Year award, Katz and Worley each earned Second Team recognition in singles for the third time overall. Katz has been selected as a singles alternate for the NCAA individual championships.
For the second straight year and the fourth time in five years, Williams sixth-year head coach Alison Swain was selected by her counterparts as NESCAC Coach of the Year. A 2001 Williams graduate and former All-NESCAC First Team Doubles honoree, Swain led the Ephs to their sixth conference championship overall, and first since 2011. Williams has won five consecutive national championships under Swain since 2008, and the Ephs will look to defend their title beginning this weekend at home in the NCAA championship.
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