NEAC Recognizes 2018-19 Women's Tennis All-Conference Team and Annual Award Winners

NEAC Recognizes 2018-19 Women's Tennis All-Conference Team and Annual Award Winners

CLARKS SUMMIT, Pa. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its 2018-19 Women’s Tennis All-Conference selections, which were determined during the individual tournament that was held at the Birchwood Tennis Club on Saturday and Sunday. The 2018-19 women’s tennis individual awards were also announced at the conclusion of the women’s tournament on Sunday 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. 

Penn State Berks junior Alyssa Miller (Delta, Pa.) earned NEAC Player of the Year honors after coming into the tournament as the No. 4 seed at No. 1 Singles. In her first match of the day, Miller upset No. 1 seed Greta Strunk (Lebanon, Pa.) from Lancaster Bible to advance to the championship match. Miller dropped the first set, 2-6, before rebounding with a 6-3 win and a 10-5 edge in the tiebreaker to take the opening match. Later in the afternoon against the No. 3 seed Gissel Escalante (Bound Brook, N.J.) from the College of Saint Elizabeth, Miller wrapped up top individual honors and a spot on the All-NEAC First Team with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 final score. In addition to her individual performance, Miller was also recognized on the All-Conference Third Team in No. 1 Doubles.

After a vote by the league’s coaches, Lancaster Bible’s Kayla Hubbard (Palermo, Maine) and Penn State Abington’s Michelle Ly (Shirley, N.Y.) were named NEAC Co-Rookies of the Year. Hubbard received First Team All-Conference honors in No. 1 Doubles and Second Team accolades in No. 3 Singles. The Chargers’ rookie paired with Greta Strunk to earn an 8-6 win in their doubles matchup while advancing to the championship match against Penn State Abington’s Marta Tymchenko (Trevose, Pa.) in singles play. Hubbard went 8-3 in singles and doubles during the regular season. Ly, who was undefeated in regular season doubles matches, won her No. 3 Doubles match yesterday with partner Jenny Vuong to secure a spot on the All-Conference First Team. She also earned All-NEAC Second Team honors after advancing to the No. 6 Singles championship match on Sunday against Lancaster Bible’s Kenedi Berkhimer (Martinsburg, Pa.).

Penn State Abington’s Nigel Hopkinson was named NEAC Coach of the Year after leading the Nittany Lions to their first NEAC Championship. Penn State Abington went 4-0 in the regular season and defeated Lancaster Bible in the NEAC Women’s Tennis Team Final to receive the program’s first automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. In his second season overseeing the program, Hopkinson had seven All-Conference First Team selections and 11 overall.

Complete results from the women’s tournament can be viewed here. The 2018-19 NEAC All-Conference Team can be viewed below.

2018-19 NEAC Women's Tennis All-Conference Team

Flight Name Year Hometown Institution
First Team
No. 1 Singles Alyssa Miller  Jr. Delta, Pa. Penn State Berks
No. 2 Singles Michelle Mirjani So. Great Neck, N.Y. Penn State Abington
No. 3 Singles Marta Tymchenko So. Trevose, Pa. Penn State Abington
No. 4 Singles Haylee Fishel So. Jersey Shore, Pa. Lancaster Bible
No. 5 Singles Isabella Blackwell Jr. Philadelphia, Pa. Penn State Abington
No. 6 Singles Kenedi Berkhimer Fr. Martinsburg, Pa. Lancaster Bible
No. 1 Doubles Greta Strunk
Kayla Hubbard 
Jr.
Fr.
Lebanon, Pa.
Palermo, Maine
Lancaster Bible
No. 2 Doubles Stephanie Jin
Isabella Blackwell 
Sr.
Jr.
Bluebell, Pa.
Philadelphia, Pa.
Penn State Abington
No. 3 Doubles Michelle Ly
Jenny Vuong 
Fr.
Fr.
Shirley, N.Y.
Baltimore, Md.
Penn State Abington
Second Team
No. 1 Singles Gissel Escalante  So. Bound Brook, N.J. College of Saint Elizabeth
No. 2 Singles Michaela Dearborn So. Maytown, Pa. Lancaster Bible
No. 3 Singles Kayla Hubbard Fr. Palermo, Maine Lancaster Bible
No. 4 Singles Nicole Meek Fr. Cochranville, Pa. Penn State Berks
No. 5 Singles Tessa Caltagirone Sr. Reading, Pa. Penn State Berks
No. 6 Singles Michelle Ly Fr. Shirley, N.Y. Penn State Abington
No. 1 Doubles Michelle Mirjani
Marta Tymchenko 
So.
So.
Great Neck, N.Y.
Trevose, Pa.
Penn State Abington
No. 2 Doubles Haylee Fishel
Michaela Dearborn
So.
So.
Jersey Shore, Pa.
Maytown, Pa.
Lancaster Bible
No. 3 Doubles Sarah Wetzel
Kenedi Berkhimer
Sr.
Fr.
Reading, Pa.
Martinsburg, Pa.
Lancaster Bible
Third Team
No. 1 Singles Greta Strunk  Jr. Lebanon, Pa. Lancaster Bible
No. 2 Singles Lexi Vidal Sr. Mohnton, Pa. Penn State Berks
No. 3 Singles Desimy Jimenez So. Robesonia, Pa. Penn State Berks
No. 4 Singles Jenny Vuong Fr. Baltimore, Md. Penn State Abington
No. 5 Singles Sarah Wetzel Sr. Reading, Pa. Lancaster Bible
No. 6 Singles Katie Auman Fr. Reading, Pa. Penn State Berks
No. 1 Doubles Alyssa Miller
Lexi Vidal 
Jr.
Sr.
Delta, Pa.
Mohnton, Pa.
Penn State Berks
No. 2 Doubles Deismy Jimenez
Nicole Meek
So.
Fr. 
Robesonia, Pa.
Cochranville, Pa.
Penn State Berks
No. 3 Doubles Tessa Caltagirone
Anushka Rege
Sr.
Fr.
Reading, Pa.
Allentown, Pa.
Penn State Berks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, Morrisville State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.