Winter named Rookie of the Year
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University freshman Sage Winter (New Castle, N.H.) was selected as the Rookie of the Year on Tuesday afternoon as the Little East Conference announced the 2017 Women's Tennis Major Awards and All-Conference recipients.
Winter becomes just the third Panther to take home Rookie of the Year honors, joining Sara Burke (2009) and Zara Jakubas (2014), though Jakubas won as a transfer junior.
"Sage is an extremely talented player," said head coach Barbara Rawlsky-Willett. "With continued hard work and commitment she will be able to reach her full potential in the next three years. Her mental presence on the court is beyond her years and will serve her well in the future. I look forward to seeing her grow!"
Winter was also recognized with All-LEC First Team honors in singles play, while classmate Jenna Sundquist (Monument Beach, Mass.) was honored with All-LEC Second Team recognition in singles play.
Sundquist and freshman Chloe Knapp (Jamestown, N.Y.) were also voted to the All-LEC Second Team at No. 3 doubles.
Winter enjoyed a strong rookie campaign while competing at No. 1 singles in 11 of her 12 matches this fall. The 5-8 powerhouse sported a 6-6 overall mark, and went 3-4 at the top singles spot in LEC matches.
Sundquist went 8-4 in singles play, including 4-2 in LEC matches, and spent time at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 singles, though she spent most of the year at No. 5 where she posted a 5-1 mark.
The tandem of Sundquist and Knapp was unstoppable at No. 3 doubles. The pair teamed up to go a perfect 9-0, including 5-0 in league play.
The Panthers finished the season with a 10-5 mark, and went 5-3 in LEC play to earn the #4 seed for the LEC Tournament. PSU was upset at home by #5 Worcester State for the second straight season, though the future certainly looks bright for Rawlsky-Willett's program. The veteran coach, who just completed her 14th year at the helm, is expected to return her entire roster next fall.
"There are no seniors on this year's team," she added. "I am proud to see growth in every one of the players this year. The best is yet to come."
Little East Conference
2017 Women's Tennis Major Award Winners
Player of the Year Dayna Reilly, Rhode Island College
Rookie of the Year Sage Winter, Plymouth State University
Coach of the Year Adam Spring, Rhode Island College
All-Conference Teams – Singles
Dayna Reilly, Rhode Island College
Kristy Garcia, UMass Boston
Emma Chapman, Western Connecticut
Grace Zangari, Rhode Island College
Sage Winter, Plymouth State
Jenna Lahaie, UMass Dartmouth
Bojana Roman, Bridgewater State
Alisha Silva, Bridgewater State
Carole Allers, Western Connecticut
Nathalie Khafaga, Worcester State
Jenna Sundquist, Plymouth State
Katherine Braganca, Rhode Island College
All-Conference Teams – Doubles
Emma Chapman / Carole Allers, Western Connecticut
Kristy Garcia / Katie Gauthier, UMass Boston
Bojana Roman / Alison Scagnelli, Bridgewater State
Jenna Lahaie / Jaime Fastino, UMass Dartmouth
Dayna Reilly / Laurel Ten Eyck, Rhode Island College
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