Five Lord Jeffs Selected to 2010 All-NESCAC Teams

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Brittany Berckes earned First Team honors once again this year.

AMHERST, MA – The New England Small College Athletic Conference named the 2010 Women’s Tennis All-Conference teams this afternoon, selecting five Lord Jeff players to either the First or Second Team.  Amherst’s Brittany Berckes (Secaucus, NJ), Laura Danzig (Allendale, NJ) and Carlissa King (Bayside, NY) earned First Team honors, while Natasha Brown (Woodland Hills, CA) and Jill Wexler (Beverly, MA) landed on the Second Team.

Leading the way for the top-ranked Lord Jeffs is Berckes, the 2008 NESCAC Player of the Year, with another First Team singles selection. As a rookie, Berckes paired with Alicia Menezes (Staten Island, NY) to win the 2007 Doubles National Championship while Berckes earned First Team doubles and Second Team singles honors. As a sophomore and junior, Berckes was named to the NESCAC’s First Team for both singles and doubles, while also being named the 2008 NESCAC Player of the Year.

Also earning First Team honors are Danzig, a sophomore, and King, a junior. Danzig makes her first appearance on the All-Conference teams, earning the top honor for both singles and doubles play this season. Daznig is part of a strong sophomore class across the NESCAC, with three second-year players landing on the first team. King is one of just two juniors to earn First Team status by grabbing doubles plaudits, while the other rising senior, Tufts’ Julia Browne, was named the conference Player of the Year.

Doubles teammates Brown and Wexler earned Second Team honors as Amherst’s second doubles pairing, rounding out a very impressive showing for the Jeffs on the 2010 teams. Brown played alongside Berckes last year, earning Second Team status as a sophomore in 2009. Wexler, earning All-Conference honors for the first time in her career, is part of a talented senior class to win four consecutive NESCAC Championships for the purple and white.

The Lord Jeffs, ranked No. 1 in the nation, were selected as hosts for the upcoming NCAA Regional Championships once again this season. Amherst received a bye in the First Round of the national tournament, and will take on the winner of a match between Colby-Sawyer and Simmons in the Second Round on Saturday at 1 p.m. at home.

Additionally, Berkces and Danzig were each selected to compete in both the 2010 Singles and Doubles National Championships following the team NCAA tournament.