Four from Women's Tennis Named to All-LEC Lists
PAWTUCKET, R.I. – UMass Dartmouth Women's Tennis raked in four Little East Conference honors on Tuesday, with sophomore Jenna Lahaie (Lakeville, Mass.) collecting First Team Singles and First Team Doubles accolades as the league announced its 2016 All-Conference Awards
In addition, senior Jillian Reichert (Marion, Mass.) was tabbed to the First Team as Lahaie's doubles partner, collecting the first All-Conference honor on her career. Freshman Jaime Fastino (Rehoboth, Mass.) and junior Mollie McCaffrey(Taunton, Mass.) both represented the Corsairs on the Second Teams Singles list.
Lahaie, last season's LEC Rookie of the Year, earns a spot on the First Team for the second-straight season and is making her debut on the Doubles First Team after making the Second Team in 2015. The sophomore again played every contest at No. 1 singles for head coach Doug Chapman on the year, compiling an 8-6 overall record and 6-2 slate in LEC play. She defeated all of her conference opponents except Rhode Island College's Dayna Reilly, the 2016 Player of the Year, and Plymouth State's Zara Jakubas, the defending two-time Player of the Year. Halfway through the season, she and Reichert began their pairing at the No. 1 Doubles flight, and found a steady pace after dropping their first three matches. The duo went 4-6 overall and 3-2 against LEC competition, with wins over Southern Maine, UMass Boston and Worcester State.
In her rookie campaign, Fastino emerged as one of the Corsairs' most consistent players in both singles and doubles. Splitting time between the No. 3 and No. 4 flights in singles, she finished the season with an 11-3 overall record while going 6-2 in the league. After making the move to No. 3 five matches in, Fastino found her stride, closing the fall season with a seven-match win streak spanning nearly a month. During that span, only Plymouth State's Irene Ireme was able to take more than three games from Fastino in singles.
McCaffrey also moved up the chains after the fifth match, becoming the No. 2 singles player for the Corsairs. For the season, she finished with an 8-6 overall singles slate while going 5-3 in the league. She was victorious in her final three decisions against league competition, defeating Southern Maine's Liz Martin in three sets and two different UMass Boston opponents. At the No. 3 flight in the beginning of the season, McCaffrey opened on a four-match win streak, including decisions over Western Connecticut and Bridgewater State. Additionally, she and Fastino teamed together at No. 2 Doubles for the majority of the season, putting together a 10-6 overall record and defeating all six of their regular-season LEC opponents.
UMass Dartmouth put together a 10-5 overall record on the 2016 fall season, wrapping up the No. 3 seed for the LEC Tournament with a 6-2 record in conference. The Corsairs eclipsed the 10-win mark for the third time in four seasons and 10th time in program history, defeating UMass Boston in the tournament's opening round before falling to No. 2 seed Rhode Island College in the semifinals.