Three PSU Women’s Tennis players earn All-Little East honors

Three PSU Women’s Tennis players earn All-Little East honors

Jakubas sisters top Panther list of honorees; Zara repeats as Player of the Year

             PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Little East Conference Women's Tennis season honors were announced Tuesday, with three Plymouth State University student-athletes being recognized as All-Conference players for the 2015 season.

            Topping the list was PSU senior Zara Jakubas (Califon, N.J.), who repeated as LEC Player of the Year. Zara and her sister, sophomore Sunny Jakubas (Califon, N.J.), were named All-LEC First Team as singles players, and Zara and her doubles partner, freshman Irene Ireme (Concord, N.H.) were voted All-LEC First Team as a doubles tandem. The All-LEC Team and major awards are selected by voting of the conference's head coaches.

            Zara Jakubas repeats as LEC Player of the Year after becoming the first player in Little East women's tennis history in 2014 to receive both Player and Rookie of the Year distinction in the same season. She went 11-1 at No. 1 singles this fall, including victories in straight sets in all eight LEC matches, and concludes her career in a Panther uniform with a dazzling 25-1 singles record, all in the top flight. Her lone setback came this season in the second match of the year to Jess Perkins of Saint Anselm College. Only one other opponent this season won more than three games off Jakubas. Zara also posted an 8-4 doubles record this season, and finishes with a 22-5 career mark at No. 1 doubles.

            Sunny Jakubas repeats her All-LEC First Team selection this fall after posting an 11-1 record at No. 2 singles, including a 7-1 mark against Little East competition. She captured all 11 of her wins in straight sets, allowing opponents no more than five games, and her only loss was in three sets (1-6, 6-1, 6-3) to Rhode Island College's All-Conference selection Sadie Campanella. Sunny has a career singles mark of 24-2 and a career doubles record of 21-5.

            Ireme enjoyed a solid rookie campaign, teaming up with Zara for a 6-2 record at No. 1 doubles to earn All-Conference honors. Ireme moved into the top doubles spot midway through the season and finished with an overall doubles mark of 8-5. Ireme was also 7-7 in singles this year, playing mostly in the No. 4 slot.

            The Panthers finished the season at 9-6 overall under veteran head coach Barbara Rawlsky-Willett, and placed third in the LEC with a 6-2 mark. PSU was eliminated from the LEC Tournament in the semifinals by Bridgewater State University, 5-3. 


Little East Conference

2015 Women's Tennis All-Conference Teams


Player of the Year

Zara Jakubas, Plymouth State

Rookie of the Year

Jenna Lahaie, UMass Dartmouth

Coach of the Year

Adam Spring, Rhode Island College


Singles – First Team

Zara Jakubas, Plymouth State

Sadie Campanella, Rhode Island College

Dayna Reilly, Rhode Island College

Sunny Jakubas, Plymouth State

Shelby Jankins, Worcester State

Jenna Lahaie, UMass Dartmouth

Doubles – First Team

Dayna Reilly/Julie Reddy, Rhode Island College

Zara Jakubas/Irene Ireme, Plymouth State

Shelby Jankins/Megan Shepard, Worcester State

Singles – Second Team

Lianne Maynard, Western Connecticut

Julie Reddy, Rhode Island College

Kerry Magoon, UMass Dartmouth

Hayley Anderson, Bridgewater State University

Tressa Cannata, Rhode Island College

Kristy Garcia, UMass Boston

Doubles – Second Team

Kristy Garcia/Logan Smith, UMass Boston

Jenna Lahaie/Maggie LeBrun, UMass Dartmouth

Alisha Silva/Hayley Anderson, Bridgewater State University


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