FLUSHING, N.Y. (Jan. 29, 2018) – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association has officially ranked the Queens College women's tennis team as the No. 1 overall team in the East Region, with the news being released on Monday (Jan. 29).
The Knights went 10-1 in the fall with an undefeated mark in East Coast Conference regular season play; QC fell in the ECC title match to NYIT by a 5-4 margin on Oct. 28. Despite the loss at the end of the fall season, the Knights cleaned up heavily in the conference award circuit.
Head Coach Alan Nagel won his second consecutive ECC Coach of the Year award, marking the 12th time that Nagel has won the honor in his illustrious coaching career. The Knights' top two singles players---Reehan Rashad and Louisa Brunetti---were First-Team All-ECC as was Laura Ortega Jover. Rashad was also the No. 3 singles player in the East Region and the No. 49 singles player in the country; Brunetti was ranked No. 16 in the East Region by the ITA. Rashad and Ortega Jover comprised the top doubles tandem for Queens and were ranked seventh overall in the ITA East Region. Team captain Emy Alplund was a Second-Team All-Conference selection as well, while Ruth Artaza Martin and Araceli Bel went undefeated in singles and doubles play in the fifth and sixth flights during the fall campaign.
For seventeen straight years, the Knights have been a part of the NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Championship and the squad will look to make it eighteen in a row with a very difficult schedule ahead. Last year's squad was part of the last 16 teams in the NCAA Tournament, falling to top-ranked BYU-Hawaii (the Seasiders no longer take part in intercollegiate athletics with the school shuttering the program in June).
Adding to the success of the Knights on the tennis court is their success in the classroom. The team posted a grade-point average of 3.537 in the fall with six members of the squad attaining a 3.4 GPA or higher.
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