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Women's Tennis Wins 10 Or More For 25th-Straight Year

June 7, 2011

Loyola University Maryland Head Tennis Coach Rick McClure celebrated his 600th victory as a collegiate coach early in 2011, and his team accomplished another milestone later in the season.

The Greyhounds women's tennis team finished the year with a 11-6 overall record, marking the 25th year in a row it has won 10 or more matches.

Loyola went 4-3 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action and advanced to the MAAC Semifinals before bowing out to eventual champion Marist at the U.S. Open Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

Rachel Janasek continued her excellence in the No. 1 spot for Loyola, earning team Most Valuable Player plaudits as she finished 15-2 overall and 6-1 in the conference. The 2010 MAAC Player of the Year opened her junior season in the spring - she studied abroad in Australia during the fall - with eight consecutive wins, and she capped it by earning All-MAAC Second Team honors.

Janasek, who earned team Most Valuable Player honors, enters her senior season with 52 singles victories, all at No. 1, just seven shy of Nancy Turnblacer's Loyola record of 59. She also picked up a MAAC All-Academic nod for the second time.

Senior Joy Johnson wrapped up her Loyola career with 60 career singles wins, ranking 10th on the all-time school chart. She was named to the All-MAAC Second Team after tying Janasek for 12 singles wins, the second-most on the team.

Johnson was named the team's Most Dedicated Player after the season. She teamed with Janasek to go 10-6 in No. 1 doubles, and the three-time MAAC All-Academic honoree helped her team win 49 matches during her four-year career at Loyola.

Her fellow co-captain and classmate, Andie Keyser-Baker, amassed 42 singles wins during her four-year career with the Greyhounds. Keyser-Baker put together a stellar 16-5 record in MAAC action during her time at Loyola and also registered 41 doubles victories.

A two-time member of the All-MAAC Second Team and MAAC All-Academic honoree, Keyser-Baker led Loyola to a 20-14 record in conference competition over the last four seasons.

Junior Judy Lite returned from Paris, France, and a fall study abroad trip to go 11-3 overall during the 2011 season. Lite also earned All-MAAC Second Team laurels for the third time, going a perfect 6-0 in league action. During her tenure at Loyola, Lite has gone 45-18 in singles play and 32-15 in doubles action.

Lite went 11-4 in doubles action with sophomore Scarlett Hoy, as well, during the 2010-2011 season.

Hoy moved up to No. 3 singles as a second-year player after starting as the team's No. 6 singles player in 2009-2010. She put together more than 10 wins for the second year in a row in both singles and doubles, going 11-4 in both singles and doubles play during MAAC competition.

A pair of freshmen, Sabrina Fedele and Tiffany Ash, contributed heavily to the Greyhounds' success in 2010-2011.

Ash led the team with 18 singles victories and 14 doubles wins as the No. 6 singles player and in No. 3 doubles action with Keyser-Baker.Ash went 18-9 in singles play and was the team's lone All-MAAC First Team honoree after going 5-1 in conference singles play.

She went 14-10 in No. 3 doubles action with Keyser-Baker, and Ash also advanced to the semifinal of the Navy Invitational `C' Flight Singles Tournament in the fall.

Fedele competed well in the No. 2 singles spot as a first-year player. She won 12 singles matches, going 3-3 in the MAAC. She advanced to the semifinal of the Navy Invitational `A' Flight Tournament in the fall and was also 6-7 in doubles action.