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2009 Season Wrap Up, Loyola Women's Tennis Saw Success Behind A Group Of Young Talent
May 4, 2009
The Greyhound women finished the 2009 season at 15-6 overall and 6-3 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The team started strong with a 3-0 streak in February, knocking off St. Francis (Penn.), Coppin State and Morgan State. The month of March proved to be a test for the Loyola women and the young team, winning only four of eight matches, including victories over conference foes Rider and St. Peter's.
Moving into April at 7-4 overall, the women's team produced four quick wins in row. In that streak, the team defeated Siena 4-3 and shut out both Marist and Manhattan at 7-0.
With five wins in the MAAC and an 11-5 overall record at the end of the regular season, the women's team earned the third seed in the MAAC Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. The ladies kicked things off with a 6-1 win over the Manhattan Jaspers in the first round on Friday, April 17. The `Hounds didn't have the same luck in the Semifinals, falling to #2 Fairfield on Saturday in a close 4-3 battle.
A final make-up game gave the women's team a chance to pull a 7-0 victory over Coppin State on April 21st on Loyola courts.
The 2009 women's team was led by a group of young talent. Three ladies finished with 17 singles victories. Freshman Rachel Janasek, the 2009 Women's Tennis MVP, played at the number one singles position and posted 17-7 overall and 7-2 MAAC singles records. Sophomore Joy Johnson also earned a 17-7 overall record and was the only top-six performer to go undefeated in conference play. Freshman Judy Lite was the final Greyhound with 17 victories and she finished with a 7-2 MAAC record.
Sophomore Andie Keyser-Baker earned the Most Dedicated Award at the 2009 Athletic Awards Banquet after proving her dedication to improving her game at the No. 3 singles spot. She finished the season 13-6 overall and 7-3 in conference play. Junior Kerri Swan also closed out a successful season at 8-5 overall and 7-2 in the MAAC.
On the doubles board, the number-three team of Day and junior Stephanie Dunn led all with a 12-3 overall record. The duo also managed six wins in the conference to top all other groups on the Loyola team in that category. Janasek played with several doubles partners throughout the season, bringing in a 14-8 record in total. Partnered most frequently with Swan at No. 1 doubles, the duo produced a 9-5 overall record and a 5-4 MAAC record to finish the season.
Freshmen Lane Maloney and Jackie Lionetta saw success as a doubles team and garnered an 11-2 record for the year. Another freshman team of Liz Black and Rachel Bergeron had a winning season at the doubles game, finishing 7-2 overall.
The women's team received honors from academic success as four players made the 2009 MAAC All-Academic Team. To be eligible, a student-athlete must complete two semesters and hold cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher. Lauren Cassle (3.29 GPA, Finance major), Dunn (3.53 GPA, Accounting major), Johnson (3.21 GPA, Business Management major) and Swan (3.68 GPA, Chemistry/Biology major) all made this year's list.