PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The top two players on the Plymouth State University women's tennis team were honored by the Little East Conference Tuesday in recognition for their outstanding seasons in 2009.
Sophomore Laura Donovan (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough) was named Women's Tennis All-LEC Second Team at No. 2 singles, and freshman Sara Burke (Barrington, R.I./Barrington) was selected LEC Women's Tennis Rookie of the Year in a vote of the conference head coaches.
Donovan (right) enjoyed a solid season at No. 2 singles, posting an 8-2 overall record and a 5-1 mark against LEC opponents. After dropping her opening match of the season at Endicott College, Donovan rattled off eight straight victories before dropping her final match to LEC champion Western Connecticut. Donovan now has a career singles record of 12-9.
Burke (left) was one of three freshmen in the conference to compete primarily at No. 1 singles, and she defeated both of her classmates in the top position in straight sets. She posted an overall record of 5-6, including a 3-4 mark in the conference circuit. She opened her career with three straight victories, including a straight-set win over her Southern Maine opponent, and she dropped four matches in the third set.
Burke and Donovan were the bright spots on a PSU team that started three freshmen and two sophomores and finished with a 3-9 overall record, 1-6 in conference play.
-- 30 --