May 16, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola women's tennis team garnered six slots and seven individuals on the 2007-08 All-MAAC teams as announced by the conference office this week. The Greyhounds grabbed first-team All-MAAC honorees for No. 5 and No. 6 singles as well as No. 3 doubles. Loyola also posted second-team honorees at No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles and took home the league's Rookie of the Year.
Freshman Joy Johnson was the MAAC Rookie of the Year, helping Loyola to its 19th consecutive winning season as a MAAC team. Johnson played No. 3 singles all season for the Greyhounds, winning 15 matches as an individual. She teamed up with sophomore Kerri Swan and freshman Andie Keyser- Baker to also win 10 matches in doubles play.
Loyola's first-team All-MAAC honorees included senior captain Meaghan McKenna, who went 11-11 at No. 5 singles. McKenna was a second-team All-MAAC selection as a co-captain last season. One of two seniors on Loyola's roster, McKenna teamed up with fellow senior Mallory Tarca for a 9-6 record in doubles play this past year.
At No. 6 singles, sophomore Lauren Cassle took first-team All-MAAC accolades after a dominant season against MAAC foes. Cassle finished the regular season undefeated against conference rivals. Her 17 wins at No. 6 singles tie her for second-most all-time at Loyola College.
Cassle and Keyser-Baker, who teamed up at No. 3 doubles, were honored as a first-team All-MAAC doubles tandem. As a duo, the two underclassmen won 11 doubles matches in 2007-08.
Loyola's second-team All-MAAC performers included sophomore Stephanie Dunn, who was honored at No. 4 singles. Dunn posted an impressive 21-12 record at No. 4 singles this season, winning the second-most matches from that spot in school history. Only Amy Nitch, who won 23 in 2004, has more wins at No. 4 for any single season.
Dunn was also named a second-team All-MAAC performer at No. 2 doubles, where she teamed up with sophomore Caitlyn Day. The duo won nine matches at No. 2 doubles during the season.
As a team, Loyola advance to the MAAC Semifinals before falling to eventual champion Marist. The Greyhounds' representation on the 2008 All-MAAC teams was only second to the Red Foxes.