|Megan Azzalina||Devon Cohen|
|Nicole Mahaffey||Emily Walsh|
Emily Walsh (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Preparatory), a freshman on The University of Scranton women’s tennis team, has been named the 2013 Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year, Kirbie Britt, associate commissioner, announced this morning.
The Royals also had three other players pick up honors, as junior Devon Cohen (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) was named first-team all-conference for her play in singles and sophomores Megan Azzalina (Easton, Pa./Notre Dame) and Nicole Mahaffey (Harrisburg, Pa./Trinity) landed second-team honors in doubles. A ballot to determine the award recipients was conducted among the conference’s seven head coaches.
Walsh leads Scranton with a 9-5 record in singles, including a perfect 6-0 record against Landmark Conference opponents. She has won two straight and eight of her last nine singles matches for the Royals, who went on the road last week and defeated Catholic University, 5-3, and Goucher College, 5-3, to win their second straight Landmark title and advance to the 2013 NCAA Division III championships for the second straight season.
Cohen is honored for the second straight season, after earning second-team all-conference honors for her play in singles last year. So far this season, she is 8-7 in singles, including a 4-2 record against conference opponents, with a majority of her matches played at the number one and two spots in the lineup.
As a doubles team, Azzalina and Mahaffey are 6-1 so far this year, winning both of their matches in conference play. Azzalina come to the forefront in the recent Landmark Conference tournament, teaming with senior Lindsay Ward (Bensalem, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) to win both of their doubles matches.
For their careers, Azzalina is now 20-9 in singles and 21-9 in doubles and Mahaffey is 17-12 in singles and 19-11 in doubles.
The Royals, now 8-7, will find out Monday, May 6, who their opponent will be and where they will play in the upcoming NCAA Division III championships.
A complete listing of the 2013 Landmark Conference award recipients in the sport of women’s tennis can be found by clicking here.