May 5, 2010
EDISON, N.J. - Loyola women's tennis was awarded two of the top conference honors, as announced Wednesday by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference offices in Edison, N.J. Rick McClure, head coach for both the Loyola men and women's tennis teams, was named MAAC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year while sophomore Rachel Janasek was named Player of the Year.
Under McClure, the women have yet to have a losing season, as they posted a 13-6 dual match record in his 22nd season at the helm of women's tennis. He guided Loyola to a third-place finish in the conference season and a semifinal appearance in the MAAC Tennis Championships. The women fell to Marist 4-3 in a tightly-contested match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing, N.Y., April 25.
Janasek earned top honors after going 20-5 as a sophomore. The reigning MAAC Rookie of the Year also earned first-team honors in No. 1 singles. The sophomore out of Ridgefield, Conn., dropped just three matches in head-to-head play for a team-leading 13-3 record at No. 1 singles.
In her final season as a Greyhound, Swan was named second-team all-conference for the second straight season. The posted six wins at No. 2 singles in MAAC play including one in the conference tournament.
Keyser-Baker earned second-team honors in No. 4 singles for the first time in her career. After studying abroad in the fall, the junior picked up right where she left off in the spring going 10-6 in the No. 4 spot. Keyser-Baker posted a 7-2 record against MAAC opponents, going undefeated in conference play in the month of April.
Hoy, a freshman, was named to the second-team in both No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles with partner Judy Lite. Hoy went 18-4 in her debut season playing in the Nos. 3, 5 and 6 singles spots, going undefeated in MAAC play and ending the season on a 11-match winning streak. Her and Lite went 16-5 overall in No. 3 doubles and 7-1 in the conference.
Six Loyola players from each squad were also named to the MAAC All-Academic teams. On the women's side Janasek, Swan, Lauren Cassle, Stephanie Dunn, Joy Johnson and Jackie Lionetta earned academic honors. Dan D'Agostino, Tim Koch, Matt McDaniel, J. Pierce Norton, Jon Ramalho and Jamie Russo were all named to the men's all-academic team.