Women's Tennis Team Makes Record Haul
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
NORFOLK, Virginia - Senior Christina Lee earned First-Team All-Conference in singles, freshman Alyssa Ritchie was tabbed Co-Rookie-of-the-Year and Jenny Garrity was named CAA Coach-of-the-Year to highlight UNCW's honors Thursday night at the Colonial Athletic Association's post-season banquet on the eve of the 2012 Virginia 529 CAA Tennis Championships.
"It was a big night for our program," said Garrity, who is concluding her 12th season in Wilmington. "Having five different players selected to All-CAA teams in a conference that has had four different nationally-ranked teams this year is remarkable. It's a testament to their commitment and determination in their quest to yet again raise the bar of this program."
Lee, from Charlotte, N.C., collected All-CAA accolades for the third consecutive season after being named Second-Team in 2009-10 and First-Team in 2010-11. She has compiled a 12-8 record this season to help the Seahawks soar to a 14-6 mark.
"Christina's placement on the first team for the second year in a row is a tremendous accomplishment," said Garrity. "She goes into each match playing against that team's best player. She is such a complete player and one of the toughest competitors we've ever had."
Ritchie has turned in a spectacular freshman season for the Seahawks, amassing a 15-3 record. The Franklin, Ohio, product carries a 12-match winning streak into this weekend's tourney at ODU's Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center.
Garrity said: "I'm really happy for Alyssa to be honored in such a big way in just her first year of collegiate tennis. She has had a remarkable year and has made an immediate impact in our singles and doubles line-ups. But even more so, she has been a tremendous addition to our program. Her unwavering strive for excellence on a daily basis has been so impressive while being a successful honors student at the same time. Alyssa is really a neat kid and I think her future is bright, not only on the tennis court but in the classroom as well."
Garrity was named the circuit's top coach for the second straight year after leading UNCW to its highest seed ever in the CAA Championships. The team climbed to No. 67 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings in early March.
Lee was one of four Seahawks honored in singles. Sophomore Angie Sekely (Second-Team), Kelly Cameron (Third-Team) and Ritchie (Third-Team) were also recognized. It was the second straight year that Sekely and Cameron have picked up honors.
Meanwhile, two Seahawk teams were named All-CAA in doubles. Sekely paired up with sophomore Olga Blank for Second-Team honors once again, while Lee and Ritchie partnered to make the Third-Team.
"We have played a tough schedule and enjoyed some really good wins," Garrity continued. "Many of those victories came from different positions each match, which speaks to the depth of our team. I know the five players that won an award tonight would tell you that their teammates had a lot to do with it and it wasn't a singular effort. The CAA is a tremendously competitive conference from top to bottom and I'm so proud of our players for welcoming that challenge and setting their goals high."
The Seahawks play their opening match of the tournament Friday at 11 a.m. against seventh-seeded Delaware, which blanked Hofstra, 4-0, early Thursday.