Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College women's tennis team completed the 2004-05 season with a 10-9 win-loss record and a third-place finish at the MAAC championships, played at the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. It was the 26 consecutive winning season for the women's program.
This year's squad was composed of veteran players and led by senior captain Clair Najour. She was voted the most dedicated player at the athletic banquet and first-team All-MAAC at number 5 singles. Najour completed her MAAC singles career with an undefeated 20-0 record. Najour collected the most team wins with 17 to give her a career record of 55-26, which ranks her 11th on Loyola's all-time wins list. She and her partner, junior Stefanie Clay, led the team with 11 victories at No. 3 doubles, which gives Najour a 56-20 career mark, placing her seventh on the all-time wins list. During her four years the Greyhounds' team record was 68-24. As a freshman Najour was part of a MAAC championship and an NCAA bid.
Amy Nitch, who was one of three juniors that helped solidify the line-up, moved from No. 4 last year to the top spot and recorded nine wins to be voted the teams MVP. Her 54 careers wins ranks her 13th on Loyola's all-time list. Nitch teamed up with classmate Jessica Liberatore in doubles for the third straight year, giving them 37 career wins together and an 18-7 MAAC mark.
Liberatore added nine wins at the No. 2 position for a career singles total of 51 and a 19-6 MAAC record. She and her partner Nitch are 18-7 versus MAAC opponents. In her second year of competition as a junior, Stefaie Clay won the third highest total of wins with 11 at the No. 6 spot. She teamed up Najour at No. 3 doubles to tally 11 more victories with a 6-2 record in the MAAC. Clay's 6-2 MAAC singles record earner her a second-team All-MAAC selection at No. 6.
Two new additions made immediate impacts for Loyola. Sophomore transfer from UConn, Christi Lazar, had the second most wins playing at No. 4 singles with 14. Lazar was selected to the MAAC All-Academic team. She and freshman Meaghan McKenna from Tampa, Fla. prevailed six times at No. 2 doubles. McKenna earned 10 victories at No. 3 singles in her first year of collegiate competition.
Senior Caitlin LaRocco added a solid game throughout her four-year career and made the best of her opportunities. LaRocco served as president of Loyola's SAAC, the Student Athletic Academic Committee.
Rounding out the squad were freshman Mallory Tarca and Janet Reuter and sophomore Amanda Wilhelm. With a group of veterans returning next year, the Greyhounds are expecting great results in the MAAC and an overall successful season.