2011-12 Men's And Women's Tennis Season Recap

May 21, 2012

The Loyola University Maryland men's and women's tennis teams concluded another successful campaign in 2011-12, with numerous career and single-season records set.

Men’s Recap

Loyola’s men’s tennis team concluded the 2011-12 season with a 10-6 record and a fifth-place finish during the MAAC portion of the schedule. The Greyhounds three graduating seniors, Keyan Sanai, Pierce Norton and Kevin Zingler, competed at the same top three singles spots for all four years and accomplished four consecutive winning seasons with the best percentage, 43-26. Both were firsts during Head Coach Rick McClure’s 33 year tenure at Loyola.

Sanai, who was voted team Most Valuable Player honors, will leave Loyola as one of the best singles players to represent the Greyhounds in decades. He was only the second player to compete at the top spot for his entire career while earning 47 wins, which is the most victories at the position during McClure’s time.

Sanai saved his best for last as he had his most singles wins, 15, while going 4-2 in the MAAC, which earned him a place on the All-MAAC Second Team. He also added 12 victories at No. 2 doubles, playing mainly with junior Bobby Gorczakowski. Sana was undefeated (3-0) in singles at the George Mason Invitational and 2-0 at the Lehigh Invitational in the fall season.

Co-captain Pierce Norton completed his impressive career at Evergreen with 43 singles wins and 50 doubles victories, as he registered double figure wins each year competed at No. 1. He and classmate Kevin Zingler will depart Loyola as one of the top doubles teams to wear the green and white. Their 18 wins, which included going 6-1 in MAAC action with a pair of wins over Marist, led the team in their junior year. They won the “B” flight doubles champions at the Hampton Road Invitational. Norton was voted team MVP his freshman year after making an immediate positive impact on the line-up. He was a three-time MAAC All-Academic team selection.

Zingler used us athletic build and ability to succeed at Loyola with 43 singles wins and 50 doubles wins. His power and natural serve and volley style made him a consistent threat against opponents throughout his career. Zingler was voted the team’s Most Dedicated Player for his efforts in winning the third most singles matches, 13, at No. 3 and the most doubles victories, 13, at the top position.

Co-captain graduate student Patrick Glaessner finished his career with a flourish as he partnered with sophomore Connor Lisco at No. 3 doubles to amass the second most wins on the team with 12. As a MAAC All-Academic Team honoree, Glaessner completed his career at Loyola with 16 singles and 21 doubles victories and plenty of respect as a responsible and complete teammate.

Junior Bobby Gorczakowski returned from Singapore and a fall study abroad program to continue his productive ways at No. 4 singles with his third-straight season of double figure win with an 11-6 overall record, including 3-3 in MAAC action. Gorczakowski’s 50-20 singles record and 43-23 doubles mark thus far at Loyola puts him in line for a record-breaking senior season. He was presented with his second MAAC All-Academic Team certificate.

Sophomore Connor Lisco achieved double figure singles wins again with a 10-9 record, going 3-3 in MAAC play, at No. 5 singles. Lisco teamed up with Glaessner at No. 3 doubles for the Greyhounds to have a 7-6 record. Lisco earned MAAC All-Academic honors. He will be studying in Rome, Italy in the fall semester.

Harrison Kunkel made positive contributions for the Greyhounds as a freshman in singles and doubles play. Kunkel was second on the team with 14 singles at No. 6 and was 3-3 in MAAC play. He teamed with Keyan Sanai for four wins in doubles during the fall tournament season.

Women’s Recap

The Loyola University Maryland women’s tennis team finished the 2011-12 year with a 16-8 overall record, marking the 26th year in-a-row it had a winning season with double-figure wins.

Loyola went 5-3 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action, placing the Greyhounds second in the regular-season as they advanced to the MAAC semifinals before falling to Marist in a hard-fought, 4-3, match at Mercer County Park in West Windsor, N.J.

Co-captain seniors Rachel Janasek and Judy Lite helped lead the Greyhounds to a 54-26 overall team record, including 21-12 in the MAAC during their career and concluded with a record-breaking final campaign.

Janasek ended her fantastic journey at Loyola tied for second all-time in singles wins with a 76-25 record, all at the No. 1 spot, sixth all-time in doubles at 64-29, all at No. 1, and third in combined victories with an all-time tally of 140-54.

Janasek’s individual career awards including MAAC Rookie of the Year in 2008-09, MAAC Most Valuable Player and All-MAAC First Team honors her sophomore year, three All-MAAC Second Team selections (freshman, junior and senior), plus three MAAC All-Academic team selections. Her teammates voted her MVP all four years at the annual Athletic Awards Banquet.

Janasek became the first Loyola player to win the No. 1 singles championship at the Bucknell Invitational, and the second doubles team with freshman Olivia Ott to capture the No. 1 title during the same weekend. Janasek and Ott set an all-time record with the most doubles wins in a season at the top spot with an impressive 24-4 record.

Lite, who earned team Most Dedicated Player honors, completed her quality four-year career at Loyola seventh on the all-time singles wins list with a 64-32 record, going 25-7 during MAAC action. Her four consecutive seasons of double-figure singles wins was topped off with 19 victories during her senior year, which landed her on the All-MAAC First Team.

A two-time member of the All-MAAC Second Team, Lite partnered with junior Scarlett Hoy in doubles for three seasons to amass a 38-18 record and earn All-MAAC Second Team at No. 2 doubles this year and All-MAAC Second team at No. 3 doubles her sophomore year.

A three-time MAAC All-Academic selection, senior Jackie Lionetta saved her best season for last with her 13-8 singles mark, going 4-1 in MAAC play, and 12-9 in doubles action as her play helped the Greyhounds compete well and succeed during the MAAC portion of the schedule. During the fall schedule, Lionetta reached the finals of the Bucknell Invitational “D” flight singles and placed third at the Hampton Roads Tournament “C” flight singles.

The remaining graduating seniors are Rachel Bergeron, Liz Black and Dana Verona. Bergeron contributed a 10-9 singles record and a 14-8 doubles mark during her career. She made the semifinals in the “D” flight singles at the Bucknell Invitational this past fall. Black won the “D” flight singles tournament at Bucknell her freshman year and ended her career at Loyola with a 20-9 singles record and a 13-8 mark in doubles. Black earned a spot on the MAAC All-Academic team twice. Verona competed for the Greyhounds for two and a half years before a back injury curtailed her playing career.

Junior Scarlett Hoy and Gabrielle DeCarvalho returned from Rome, Italy and a fall study abroad to compete during the main season in the spring. Hoy moved up a spot to No. 2 singles and doubles with Judy Lite. They finished with an 11-8 record, going 5-3 in MAAC action, which earned All-MAAC Second Team honors. Hoy has a 36-30 singles career mark and a 39-26 doubles record thus far heading into her senior season. DeCarvalho was victorious in a No. 5 singles dual match in the spring.

A pair of sophomores, Sabrina Fedele and Tiffany Ash, contributed heavily to the Greyhound success in 2011-12. Each of them followed up very productive first years with even better second seasons. Fedele tied with Janasek for the most singles wins with 24, which earned her All-MAAC Second Team honors at No. 3. Fedele and Ash united at No. 3 doubles for an impressive 18-5 record, which put them on the All-MAAC First Team.

Ash was 20-13 at No. 4 singles which give her a 38-22 career mark and finished with a 20-10 doubles record this season to bring her two-year career total to 34-20. Ash was a MAAC All-Academic Team selection. Fedele will be studying abroad in Thailand and Ash in New Zealand this fall.

Olivia Ott came to Loyola and made an immediate impact as a freshman in singles and doubles action. Ott’s tremendous first year began on the opening weekend in the fall at the Bucknell Invitational, winning the “A” flight doubles with Janasek being a “B” flight finalist in singles. Ott made the semifinals at the Navy Invitational “C” Flight as well as in the “A” flight doubles with Janasek. They also were finalists at the Hampton Roads Tournament “B” flight. Ott’s 21 singles victories at No. 6 was the third highest this season for Loyola.