Walsh Earns First-Team All-Landmark Honors; Azzalina, Mahaffey Named Second Team
Sophomore Emily Walsh (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) was a dominant force in the middle of The University of Scranton women's tennis team's singles lineup, going undefeated and leading the Royals to their third straight Landmark Conference title.
Not surprisingly, Walsh was named first-team all-Landmark Conference on Wednesday morning, according to a release from the conference office. Juniors Megan Azzalina (Easton, Pa./Notre Dame) and Nicole Mahaffey (Harrisburg, Pa./Trinity) also earned second-team singles honors.
Walsh is a perfect 13-0 in singles play this season, playing anywhere from No. 1 through 4 in the lineup. She is 8-0 against Landmark Conference foes, including a pair of playoff victories en route to earning Landmark Conference championship honors.
She rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 2 doubles in a 5-3 semifinal win over Juniata on Thursday, April 24. In the championship match against Catholic three days later, another 5-3 victory, Walsh overcame a 5-2 deficit in the first set to post a 7-5, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles to spark the Royals to the win.
Walsh, who is also 10-5 in doubles play this season, has a career singles record of 24-5 and was Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year last season. Her 13 singles victories this season are tied for fifth-most in school history, and her perfect record is currently one of only three in school history for players with at least 10 victories on the season.
Azzalina and Mahaffey were both second-team doubles honorees last season, but were honored this season for their singles play. Azzalina has gone 12-3 in singles play, mainly at No. 2 and No. 3, including 6-1 against conference foes. She earned a 6-4, 6-4 victory at No. 3 singles in the semifinal win over Juniata, and her No. 4 singles match in the championship was tied at a set apiece when the Royals clinched the title.
Azzalina, who is 11-5 in doubles play this season, has a career singles mark of 32-13. Her 12 singles victories this season are a career high and her 32 career victories are tied for 10th-most in school history.
Mahaffey is 12-1 in singles play this season, including a perfect 9-0 at the No. 5 spot. Like Walsh, she also went 8-0 against Landmark Conference opponents, including a 6-0, 7-5 win at No. 4 singles in the semifinal against Juniata, and a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory at No. 5 in the championship against Catholic.
Mahaffey, who is 8-6 in doubles play this season, has a career singles record of 29-13, and her 12 wins this season are a career high.
The Royals will make their third straight NCAA Tournament appearance on Friday and Saturday, May 9 and 10. Scranton will find out its first-round opponent and site when NCAA Tournament field is announced on Monday, May 5, at 7 p.m.
For the complete all-Landmark Conference women's tennis teams, visit www.landmarkconference.org.