May 6, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Boston University Women's Tennis team added more hardware to go along with the Patriot League Tournament title, picking up two individual honors when the major awards were announced by the League office on Tuesday.
Terriers sophomore Johanna Hyoty, the MVP of the Patriot League Tournament, was recognized as the Patriot League Player of the Year and Lesley Sheehan was named the Coach of the Year. Army freshman Nan Porter was named the Rookie of the Year.
Voting was conducted by the League's nine head coaches who could not cast a ballot for themselves or their own student-athletes.
Hyoty, the Patriot League Player of the Month for March, had a 14-3 record this spring in singles, including a 3-0 mark during the Patriot League regular season. The Tampere, Finland native also was 13-4 in doubles play. Hyoty was named the Terriers team MVP and according to Coach Sheehan "She was the leader on our team in every aspect and was the hardest worker at practice." A management major with a 3.48 GPA, Hyoty was named to the 2014 Patriot League All-Academic squad on Monday.
Sheehan coached Boston University to a 14-6 overall record and the Terriers were unbeaten in Patriot League action, knocking off nine-time defending champion Army 4-1 in the tournament final. A four-time America East Coach of the Year, Sheehan is bringing BU into the NCAA Tournament for the 14th time in her 29-year career.
Porter was 23-8 playing primarily No. 6 singles in her first season with the Black Knights and 15-6 in doubles play. The Amarillo, Texas freshman also picked up team points in wins over Colgate and Navy in the Patriot League Championships.
Boston University was one of three Patriot League institutions placing three players in the All-League teams. Joining Hyoty on the first team is Terriers sophomore Lauren Davis. BU senior Leonie Athanasiadis was recognized on the second team. Tournament runner-up Army had two first team honorees in senior Jamila Paul and sophomore Carolyn Pittman. The Black Knights also had a second team honoree in senior Della Taylor. Navy senior Erin Snook was named to the Patriot League first team and the Mids had a pair of second team recipients in senior Darien Sears and sophomore Sam Droop.
Bucknell sophomore Maria Cioffi, the 2014 Patriot League Women's Tennis Scholar-Athlete Award winner, is the final member of the All-League first team and Bison teammate Elena Vidrascu, a senior, was named to the second team. The final member of the All-League second team is sophomore Megan Hahn, of Loyola University Maryland.
Paul was named to the All-Patriot League first team for the fourth time. Sears, Snook and Taylor made the All-League team for the third time while Cioffi, Pitman and Vidrascu are repeat selections.
2014 All-Patriot League and Major Awards in Women's Tennis
Player of the Year - Johanna Hyoty, Boston University
Rookie of the Year - Nan Porter, Army
Coach of the Year - Lesley Sheehan, Boston University
First Team All-Patriot League
Jamila Paul, Army, Sr.
Carolyn Pitman, Army, So.
Lauren Davis, Boston University, So.
Johanna Hyoty, Boston University, So.
Maria Cioffi, Bucknell, So.
Erin Snook, Navy, Sr.
Second Team All-Patriot League
Della Taylor, Army, Sr.
Leonie Athanasiadis, Boston University, Sr.
Elena Vidrascu, Bucknell, Sr.
Megan Hahn, Loyola, So.
Sam Droop, Navy, So.
Darien Sears, Navy, Sr.