Oct. 19, 2008
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Six members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's tennis team were named All-Conference and the Corsairs swept the three major individual awards when the conference awards were announced at the conclusion of the LEC Tennis Championships Sunday evening.
Sophomore Amy Lopes (Dartmouth, MA/ Dartmouth HS), who was undefeated in singles play in the LEC and lost only a single match in doubles during the regular season, was named Little East Conference Player of the Year. Freshman Kelsey Grossmann (Holliston, MA/Holliston HS) was named LEC Rookie of the Year, and Head Coach Ralph Perry was named Coach of the Year.
Lopes went 10-0 in singles and 10-1 in doubles during the regular season and was 6-0 in singles and 6-1 in doubles in LEC action. Grossmann went 12-1 in singles and 8-3 in doubles and was 6-1 in singles and 5-2 in doubles in LEC play. Perry led UMass Dartmouth to their first outright regular season title since they won in 1998 under Head Coach Warren Preti. It marked the first time a UMass Dartmouth women's tennis team had ever finished the regular season with only a single loss, and the Corsairs are now 23-4 and 13-1 in LEC action in the last two seasons.
"Amy is the complete package," said Perry. "She had the potential and came through and beat everybody in the conference in singles. Kelsey was a nice surprise, playing third singles and playing as well as she played all year. It was a nice honor for her."
"Ralph Perry has done a fantastic job of building a championship team," said UMass Dartmouth Director of Athletics Ian Day. "He thoroughly deserves this honor."
Lopes and Grossmann earned first team All-LEC honors at number one and number three singles, respectively. Lopes and senior Becky Bullock (Wrentham, MA/King Phillip Regional HS), who were 9-1 at number one doubles, 6-1 in the LEC, earned first team honors at number one doubles.
Senior Allison DeAngelis (Milford, MA/Milford HS), sophomore Alexa Fiorita (Reading, MA/Reading HS), and sophomore Blair Dalrymple (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro HS) earned second team All-Conference honors. DeAngelis, who was 603 at number four singles and 5-2 against LEC opponents, was named at number four singles. Fiorita, who was 7-1 at number five singles and 6-1 against LEC foes, was named at number five; and Dalrymple, 6-2 at number six and 5-1 against LEC team, was named at sixth singles. DeAngelis and Dalrymple, who went 7-2 at number three doubles and 5-1 against conference opposition, were named at number three doubles.
"The honors were well-deserved," said Perry. "Our players deserved their honors, along with the other players who were honored. I was very proud of their work ethic and their effort all year long.
UMass Dartmouth will play a first round NCAA Tournament match next May 8th.