May 8, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Army, which captured its ninth straight Patriot League Women’s Tennis Championship April 28 in West Point, N.Y., placed a League-high four on the All-Patriot League team and picked up one trophy when the awards were announced by the League office on Wednesday.
Navy senior Emani Decquir was named the Patriot League Player of the Year, making history as the first Mid to garner that honor. Bucknell freshman Maria Cioffi was named the Rookie of the Year, and Army coach Paul Peck was once again selected as the Coach of the Year.
Voting was conducted by the League’s seven head coaches who could not cast a ballot for themselves or their own student-athletes.
Navy took another big step in Patriot League annals with Decquir’s selection as Player of the Year. The senior becomes the program’s first major award winner in its four years as a Division I program. She logged a 22-12 singles mark at No. 1 and a 13-11 record at No. 2 doubles during the season. She combined for an 8-2 record against League foes, picking up singles victories over four fellow All-League selections. In the League Tournament Decquir picked up a fifth victory against another All-League competitor in Army’s Erin Colton during the championship final, and was leading in two other matches that did not finish when the team results had been clinched.
Cioffi becomes the fourth Bison to be named Rookie of the Year and first since Dumi Iepuras in 2009. She logged a total of 24 singles victories, including an impressive 12-3 showing in tournament play at the top flight and a 12-7 mark at No. 2 singles in dual matches. Four of her victories came against League opponents. In doubles Cioffi stepped into the No. 1 pairing for head coach Rebecca Helt and picked up 23 victories against nine losses, including a 10-5 mark in duals. Cioffi also posted a 5-1 ledger in doubles matches against League opponents, including a quarterfinal victory over Holy Cross in the League Tournament.
Peck earned his second straight Coach of the Year trophy, eighth in the last nine years and 13th overall after helping the Black Knights to their ninth consecutive League championship. Army enters the NCAA Tournament this weekend with a 22-6 record, and went 6-0 against League opponents in the regular season and added two more wins in the League Tournament to capture the title. Saturday’s match at No. 7 seed UCLA will mark Army’s 13th trip to the NCAA Tournament under Peck’s watch.
League champion Army earned the most All-League selections with four, followed by championship runner-up Navy with three. Junior Erin Snook from Navy joined Decquir on the first team, and junior Darien Sears earned second-team accolades. Three Black Knights made the first team, including senior Erin Colton, junior Jamila Paul and freshman Evan Sung. Freshman Carolyn Pittman was named to the second team.
Bucknell and Lehigh both placed a pair on the All-League squad. Lehigh junior Jenai Bilmoria was the lone selection of the four to make the first team, while her teammate Abby Farrell, a sophomore, was named to the second team. Representing the Bison on the second team were Cioffi and junior Elana Vidrascu.
2013 marks the fourth selection to the All-League first team for both Colton and Decquir, making them the fifth and sixth student-athletes in women’s tennis to achieve that feat.
Colgate and Lafayette rounded out the All-League selections with one choice apiece. Colgate junior Kelsey Shea earned second-team laurels, as did Lafayette freshman Caroline Nixon.
2013 All-Patriot League and Major Awards in Women’s Tennis
Player of the Year – Emani Decquir, Navy
Rookie of the Year – Maria Cioffi, Bucknell
Coach of the Year – Paul Peck, Army
First Team All-Patriot League
Erin Colton, Army, Sr.
Jamila Paul, Army, Jr.
Eva Sung, Army, Fr.
Jenai Bilmoria, Lehigh, Jr.
Emani Decquir, Navy, Sr.
Erin Snook, Navy, Jr.
Second Team All-Patriot League
Carolyn Pitman, Army, Fr.
Elena Vidrascu, Bucknell, Jr.
Maria Cioffi, Bucknell, Fr.
Kelsey Shea, Colgate, Jr.
Caroline Nixon, Lafayette, Fr.
Abby Farrell, Lehigh, So.
Darien Sears, Navy, Jr.