Women's Tennis Earns Copious Conference Honors

Nov. 8, 2010

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Several members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's tennis team have earned post-season Little East Conference honors.

Freshmen Angela Pollard (Portsmouth, RI/Portsmouth HS) and Allison Furtado (Fairhaven, MA/Fairhaven HS) earned first team All-Conference honors at number three doubles. Senior Amy Lopes (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) earned second team All-LEC honors at number one singles, Pollard was second team at number six singles, Lopes and junior Alexa Fiorita (Reading, MA/Reading HS) were named second team at number one doubles, and freshmen Nicole Pelletier (Swansea, MA/Case HS) and Elizabeth Cignoli (Springfield, MA/Cathedral HS) were named second team at number two doubles. Pelletier was named LEC Rookie of the Year.

Pelletier went 8-5 in singles, 5-5 at number two and 3-0 at number one while filling in for Lopes,. She was 4-4 in LEC play, while reamed with Cignoli; she was 8-3 in doubles, 7-2 at number two and 1-1 at number one, and 5-1 against LEC foes. Pollard and Furtado were 9-2 in doubles, 6-0 in the LEC. Lopes was 8-1 in singles, 6-1 against LEC opponents. Pollard was 12-1 in singles, 7-1 in the LEC, and 5-0 while playing at a higher position that number six. Lopes and Fiorita were 8-1 in doubles, 5-0 in the LEC, and Pelletier and Cignoli were 8-3 in doubles, 5-1 in LEC play.

The Rookie of the Year honor was UMD's second in three years. Kelsey Grossmann was named Rookie of the Year two years ago, when the Corsairs went to the NCAAs.

"I thought the honors were well-deserved," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Ralph Perry. "The league was very competitive this year, and our team performed extremely well. I was glad to see Nicole named Rookie of the Year; she moved up several times and played very well when some of our people were out of the lineup. In doubles, our players learned to work together, and did a nice job complementing each other. We have a good group coming back. The future looks bright, and I'm looking for us to have an excellent season next year:"

UMass Dartmouth finished 12-2 and advanced to the LEC championship match.

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