The Merrimack College women’s tennis program saw five student-athletes receive Northeast-10 All-Conference recognition on Wednesday, headlined by a pair of freshmen first-teamers as well as a major award for head coach Dena Madden, who was named the league’s Coach of the Year.
Freshmen Rosemary Campanella and Hope Salts garnered first-team recognition at fourth and sixth singles, respectively. Campanella was also named to the NE10 All-Rookie Team. Sophomore Cassie Restrepo earned her second all-league nod in as many years by landing on the second team at No. 3 singles. Senior Lauren Persson and junior Mia Briggs rounded out the quintet with third-team accolades at third doubles.
Madden’s third season at the helm of program was her best to date, reaching double-digit victories for the fifth time in six seasons. The Warriors’ 9-2 conference mark registered as the most league wins for the program since 2015-16, resulting in their highest seed in the conference tournament since the Warriors won the league in 2013-14. She is also the program’s first Coach of the Year since that season, when Peter Arsenault took home the honor.
Campanella finished the season without a NE10 singles loss, posting an 11-0 record. She played mostly at fourth singles, triumphing in six matches while combining for five more wins at the third and fifth flights. She added five doubles victories for 16 combined league wins, the most on the Warriors in the regular season. She became the second straight Warrior to receive all-rookie recognition, joining Restrepo.
Salts’ singles season solidified Merrimack’s depth, and proved crucial in winning the majority of their league matches. The Californian went 9-1 in league play, appearing in all but one match. Salts won five of six matches at the sixth run, while combining for a 4-0 record at the fourth and fifth flights, combined. All nine of her wins came in straight sets, while her lone defeat went the distance against No. 42 Stonehill.
Restrepo’s season at third singles featured a 4-1 record, dominating the rung where she appeared at most. The Miami, Fla. native posted a 7-3 NE10 singles record overall, adding victories at the third and fifth flights to account for the additional victories. Six of Restrepo’s seven wins came in two sets.
The Warriors’ lone doubles tandem to be recognized, the combination of Persson and Briggs led the team with five NE10 doubles wins during the regular season. Four of those came at the third flight, with all of those by margin of at least four games. For Persson, it marked her second all-conference selection and first since her sophomore year. For Briggs, it also marked her second all-league nod and first since her freshman year.
Madden, all five Warriors, and the remainder of Merrimack’s lineup will hit the courts again on Friday afternoon when Merrimack hosts the NE10 Semifinals. The Warriors will either play third-seeded Adelphi or sixth-seeded Adelphi, and the match is currently slated to begin at 1 p.m. from North Andover High School.