May 23, 2012

Season Recap: Women’s Tennis Earns Fifth-Straight Postseason Bid in 2011-12

NORTH ANDOVER, MA - The Merrimack women's tennis team reached the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament for the fifth-consecutive season in 2011-12. The Warriors owned a 9-14 overall record on the year and finished the regular season with an 8-5 mark in league matches in head coach Sean Tully's first season at the helm.

Merrimack earned the No. 6 seed in the Northeast-10 Tournament and fell to #45 Southern NH in the opening round.

The Warriors were led by four-time Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week Shakee Messina (Caracas, Venezuela) with 16 singles victories on the year. The freshman earned Northeast-10 All-Conference third team honors as well as a spot on the All-Rookie squad.

Messina posted a 12-5 record in singles action, playing mainly at the top slot. She finished her first collegiate season with a combined record of 23-20.

Mollie Fitzgerald (Melrose, MA), Courtney Garvey (Woburn, MA) and Kara Hole (Portsmouth, RI) all concluded the season with 11 wins in singles play.

Hole, a Northeast-10 All-Conference second team selection, paced Merrimack with 15 doubles victories while Fitzgerald racked up 14 on the year.

The Warriors sported a 3-2 overall record at the conclusion of the fall schedule. Merrimack captured wins over Assumption, Le Moyne and Roberts Wesleyan while dropping matches at Division I foes Holy Cross and Niagara.

The Warriors opened the spring slate with a win and a pair of losses. Merrimack snapped a five-match losing streak with a 7-1 victory over Franklin Pierce March 28.

"I am proud of the way our team played all season long. They battled and competed in every match and they worked hard on and off the courts," said head coach Sean Tully. "I am excited for next season as I feel that this team has set a solid foundation for the future."

Two seniors will depart the Merrimack women's tennis program this year, Kylie Waddington (South Glastonbury, CT) and Garvey. The Warriors will welcome back eight returners next fall.