Yale's McNamara Leads Four ITA Northeast Region Honors for Women's Tennis
SKILLMAN, N.J. -- Ivy League women's tennis grabbed a quartet of Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Northeast Region honors for the 2012-13 season, highlighted by Yale's Danielle McNamara being named Coach of the Year.
Columbia scored two awards as Nicole Bartnik was named Senior of the Year and Kanika Vaidya was selected as Rookie of the Year. Penn's Agustina Sol Eskenazi was recognized as the Player to Watch.
McNamara earned her second ITA Northeast Region Coach of the Year award in three years after leading Yale to a third-straight Ivy League title and NCAA Championship berth this season. Her Bulldogs have impressed at home, boasting a current 34-match winning streak. In seven seasons as head coach, McNamara has a 110-41 record overall and 42-7 mark in League play with four Ivy crowns and four NCAA Tournament trips to her credit. A native of Leominster, Mass., and a graduate of Leominster High, she first joined the staff at Yale as an assistant coach in 2005.
Bartnik, Ivy League Player of the Year for the second-straight season, led Columbia to a share of its first conference title in women's tennis. She became just the 11th player in Ivy history to be named first-team All-Ivy in singles three times. This season Bartnik went 17-10 in singles action with wins over a pair of top 20 opponents. She also received a nod as second-team All-Ivy in doubles after posting a 13-5 overall record and 4-1 mark in League matches with sophomore Crystal Leung as the Lions' No. 2 tandem.
Bartnik continues her final season for the Lions on May 22-27 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex/Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill. as one of the 64 players in the singles bracket at the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships.
Vaidya will also be individual action at the NCAA Championships, partnering with junior Bianca Sanon in the 32-team doubles draw. The duo was a unanimous choicce for first-team All-Ivy, recording an 11-1 mark overall and winning four of five matches against Ivy foes at the No. 2 position. Vaidya was also named second-team All-Ivy in singles.
Eskenazi, the 2012 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, took home first-team honors in singles and doubles for the second time in as many seasons. At No. 1 singles, she led the Quakers with a 5-1 record in Ivy play and totaled 19 victories with two coming over top 75 opponents. In doubles, Eskenazi dominated with with freshman Sonya Latycheva with a 25-4 overall record, including a 15-2 spring record and a 6-1 mark in League matches.