NEAC Announces 2017-18 Women's Tennis All-Conference Team and Annual Awards

NEAC Announces 2017-18 Women's Tennis All-Conference Team and Annual Awards

CLARKS SUMMIT, Pa. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its 2017-18 Women’s Tennis All-Conference selections, which were determined during the individual tournament that was held at the Birchwood Tennis Club on Thursday and Friday. The 2017-18 women’s tennis individual awards were also announced at the conclusion of the women’s tournament on Friday afternoon.

The individual tournament consisted of the top-four seeded student-athletes for first through sixth singles and first through third doubles. Each flight saw the No. 1 seed take on the No. 4 seed and the No. 2 seed take on the No. 3 seed. The first-round winners advanced to the championship round, which produced six singles champions and three doubles champions, with those student-athletes also making up the All-Conference First Team. The runners-up from each flight in the championship round made up the All-Conference Second Team, while the All-Conference Third Team consists of the winners of each flight from the consolation bracket. 

Lancaster Bible sophomore Greta Strunk (Lebanon, Pa.) earned NEAC Player of the Year honors for the second-straight season to become the first back-to-back individual champion in Chargers’ history. Strunk, who came in to the tournament as the top-seeded individual player, defeated Bryn Athyn College’s Morgan Phillips (Annville, Pa.) in Thursday’s semifinals by a score of 6-1, 6-2. In the final match of Friday afternoon, Strunk topped Alyssa Miller (Delta, Pa.) from Penn State Berks by a score of 6-1, 6-0 in the No. 1 singles championship. Strunk also earned a spot on the NEAC All-Conference First Team and finished the year with an overall singles record of 12-2, which included a 7-0 mark against NEAC opponents.

Penn State Berks sophomore Alyssa Miller (Delta, Pa.) was named NEAC Rookie of the Year after landing on the All-Conference Second Team at No. 1 singles. Miller defeated Penn State Abington’s Stephanie Jin (Bluebell, Pa.), 6-0, 6-2, in Thursday’s semifinal before dropping the No. 1 singles championship match to Strunk. Miller is the second player from Penn State Berks to receive NEAC Rookie of the Year honors.

Penn State Berks head coach Scott Yarnell was named NEAC Coach of the Year after a vote by the league coaches. In his 14th year as the women’s coach, Yarnell led the Nittany Lions to their ninth conference title and will take his team to its first NCAA Division III Tournament appearance. This year’s award marks the eighth time Yarnell has been Coach of the Year and first time since the 2014-15 season.

Complete results from the women’s tournament can be viewed here. The 2017-18 NEAC Women’s Tennis All-Conference Team can be viewed below.

2017-18 NEAC Women's Tennis All-Conference Team

Flight  Name Yr.  Hometown Institution
First Team
No. 1 Singles Greta Strunk So. Lebanon, Pa. Lancaster Bible
No. 2 Singles Michelle Mirjani Fr. Great Neck, N.Y. Penn State Abington
No. 3 Singles  Marta Tymchenko Fr.   Penn State Abington
No. 4 Singles Violet Tran Sr. Palmyra, Pa. Penn State Berks
No. 5 Singles Lucrezia Pulcini So. Bergamo, Italy Penn State Berks
No. 6 Singles Isabella Blackwell So. Philadelphia, Pa. Penn State Abington
No. 1 Doubles

Michelle Mirjani

Marta Tymchenko

Fr.

Fr.

 Great Neck, N.Y.

 

Penn State Abington
No. 2 Doubles

Fatoumata Cisse

Stephanie Jin

So.

Sr.

Philadelphia, Pa.

Bluebell, Pa.

Penn State Abington

No. 3 Doubles

Lucrezia Pulcini

Deismy Jimenez

So.

Fr.

Bergamo, Italy

Robesonia, Pa,

Penn State Berks
Second Team
No. 1 Singles  Alyssa Miller So. Delta, Pa. Penn State Berks
No. 2 Singles Caroline Bashore Jr. Hamburg, Pa. Penn State Berks
No. 3 Singles Laura Youwakim Sr. Whitehall, Pa. Penn State Berks
No. 4 Singles Fatoumata Cisse So. Philadelphia, Pa. Penn State Abington
No. 5 Singles Haylee Fishel Fr. Jersey Shore, Pa. Lancaster Bible
No. 6 Singles Tessa Caltagirone Jr. Reading, Pa. Penn State Berks
No. 1 Doubles

Caroline Bashore

Laura Youwakim

Jr.

Sr.

Hamburg, Pa.

Whitehall, Pa.

Penn State Berks
No. 2 Doubles

Alyssa Miller

Violet Tran

So.

Sr.

Delta, Pa.

Palmyra, Pa.

Penn State Berks
No. 3 Doubles

Haylee Fishel

Lydia Dice

Fr.

So.

Jersey Shore, Pa.

Ocean City, N.J.

Lancaster Bible
Third Team    
No. 1 Singles Stephanie Jin Sr. Bluebell, Pa. Penn State Abington
No. 2 Singles Marie Daum Jr. Bryn Athyn, Pa. Bryn Athyn College
No. 3 Singles Michaela Dearborn Fr. Maytown, Pa. Lancaster Bible
No. 4 Singles Emily Bell Jr. Jersey Shore, Pa. Penn College
No. 5 Singles Pamela Dayley So. Twin Falls, Idaho Penn State Abington
No. 6 Singles Lydia Dice So. Ocean City, N.J. Lancaster Bible
No. 1 Doubles

Greta Strunk

Michaela Dearborn

So.

Fr.

Lebanon, Pa. Lancaster Bible
No. 2 Doubles

Lynndath Thelemaque

Sarah Wetzel

So.

Jr.

Berwick, Pa.

Reading, Pa.

Lancaster Bible
No. 3 Doubles

Isabella Blackwell

Pamela Dayley

So.

So.

Philadelphia, Pa.

Twin Falls, Idaho

Penn State Abington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Pennsylvania State University – Altoona (M Volleyball), and Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.