Nagel Repeats as ECC Coach of the Year; Four Knights Earn All-Conference Honors

Nagel Repeats as ECC Coach of the Year; Four Knights Earn All-Conference Honors

WEST BABYLON, N.Y. – For the second season in a row, Queens College Head Women's Tennis Coach Alan Nagel has been named East Coast Conference (ECC) Coach of the Year, while four Knights earned all-conference honors, it was announced by the league office on Thursday.

Junior Reehan Rashad, sophomore Louisa Brunetti and junior Laura Ortega Jover were all named to the All-ECC First Team, while senior captain Emy Alplund collected second team honors.

For Nagel, it is his 12th ECC coach of the year accolade and fourth in the last five seasons. Nagel, in his 39th season as a coach at Queens, led the Knights to a perfect 9-0 overall record and the ECC Regular Season Championship with a 7-0 conference mark. The Knights defeated defending conference champion NYIT for the first time in five seasons, and it was the first regular season title for Queens since 2012, as the Knights earned the top seed in the ECC Championship.

Rashad, the ECC Player of the Week on Sept. 5, anchored the Knights all season at top singles and doubles. In singles, she put together a 10-2 overall record, including 8-1 in dual matches and a perfect 7-0 mark in ECC play. Rashad reached the quarterfinals in singles at the ITA East Regional Championships, while she handed ECC Rookie of the Year Ivana Andric her only conference loss of the season in Queens' win at NYIT.

Brunetti made her mark at No. 2 singles and doubles in her first season with Queens. She posted a 7-2 overall singles mark, while going 6-1 in dual matches and 4-1 in the ECC. Ortega Jover went 7-2 overall in singles, going 7-1 in duals and 5-1 in ECC play at No. 3, while also playing at No. 1 doubles. Meanwhile, Alplund played fourth singles and second doubles, also putting forth a 7-2 (7-1 dual) record and 5-1 ECC mark in singles.

In doubles, Rashad and Ortega Jover went 6-4 overall, 6-3 in duals and 4-3 in the ECC from the top flight. Alplund and Brunetti went 10-2 as a duo overall, going 8-1 in dual matches and 6-1 in the ECC from the second position.

Queens is the top seed and host of the ECC Women's Tennis Championship. The Knights take on fourth-seeded St. Thomas Aquinas College in the semifinals on Friday, Oct. 27, at 11 a.m.