Three Lord Jeffs Named to All-NESCAC Team

Brittany Berckes earned All-NESCAC honors in both singles and doubles for the third consecutive year.

AMHERST, MA – Amherst College placed three student-athletes on the 2009 Women’s Tennis All-NESCAC Teams, which were announced by the conference today. Fresh off their fifth consecutive outright NESCAC title, the Lord Jeffs will host the opening three rounds of the NCAA Championships this weekend.

Highlighting Amherst’s All-Conference honorees is junior Brittany Berckes (Secaucus, NJ), who earned First Team honors for her singles play and Second Team honors for doubles. The 2008 NESCAC Player of the Year, this is the third consecutive year Berckes has earned All-Conference honors for her success in both singles and doubles.

Currently ranked the No. 4 singles player in the Northeast by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), Berckes posted a 9-5 record in dual matches this year as Amherst’s top player. As a two-time national doubles champion, she is 7-7 in doubles matches as part of the ITA’s second-ranked pair in the Northeast.

The other half of the No. 2 doubles pair in the Northeast is sophomore Natasha Brown (Woodland Hills, CA), who earned a spot on the All-NESCAC Second Team for the success she has shared with Berckes this season. While her doubles play has been impressive in its own, Brown has dominated singles matches with a 14-3 record as the Jeffs’ No. 4 player.

Rounding out Amherst’s honorees is Carlissa King (Laurelton, NY), who earned a spot on the Second Team for a dominant sophomore season in singles action. Ranked No. 8 in the Northeast by the ITA, King has posted a 12-3 record while spending most of her time as the team’s No. 2 player. Two of her losses came when she filled in for Berckes at the top of the lineup, but she has since rattled off five consecutive wins, none more important than a 6-2, [5-7], 6-2 victory in the NESCAC finals.

Berckes, Brown and King will return to action Saturday, as the Jeffs await the winner of Friday’s first-round match between Hunter College and Skidmore College. Friday’s and Saturday’s women’s matches are set to begin at 2 p.m. in Amherst, with Sunday’s regional final beginning at noon.

All-NESCAC First Team
Victoria Aiello – Middlebury, Fy. (Singles)
Grace Baljon – Williams, Jr. (Singles)
Brittany Berckes – Amherst, Jr. (Singles)
Julia Browne – Tufts, So. (Singles/Doubles)
Sarah D'Elia – Bowdoin, Sr. (Singles/Doubles)
Cary Gibson – Williams, Sr. (Doubles)
Emily Lombardi – Bowdoin, Fy. (Doubles)
Meghan McCooey – Tufts, Jr. (Doubles)
Nicole Reich – Williams, So. (Singles/Doubles)

All-NESCAC Second Team
Kristin Alotta – Williams, Fy. (Singles)
Grace Baljon – Williams, Jr. (Doubles)
Brittany Berckes – Amherst, Sr. (Doubles)
Natasha Brown – Amherst, So. (Doubles)
Taylor French – Williams, Fy. (Doubles)
Carlissa King – Amherst, So. (Singles)
Chandra Kurien – Middlebury, Sr. (Singles/Doubles)
Emily Lombardi – Bowdoin, Fy. (Singles)
Meghan McCooey – Tufts, Jr. (Singles)
Elizabeth Stone – Middlebury, Sr. (Singles/Doubles)

Player of the Year: Julia Browne - Tufts

Rookie of the Year: Victoria Aiello - Middlebury

Senior Sportswoman Award: Sarah D'Elia - Bowdoin

Co-Coaches of the Year: Kate Bayard – Tufts; Alison Swain - Williams