DeNunzio Named Player of the Year to Headline All-Landmark Conference Women’s Tennis Selections

DeNunzio Named Player of the Year to Headline All-Landmark Conference Women’s Tennis Selections


Junior Nastashia DeNunzio (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) of The University of Scranton women's tennis team was named the Player of the Year by the Landmark Conference on Thursday to headline six All-Landmark selections for the Royals in the 2019 season.

DeNunzio, who was also a First Team All-Landmark pick in singles and doubles, becomes the second straight Royals women's tennis student-athlete to earn the Player of the Year award from the Landmark Conference, as Julia Frattaroli took the award last season.

Meanwhile, senior Emilia Jakubek (Honesdale, Pa./Scranton Prep) was named to the First Team in both singles and doubles, while partner junior Emily Kelly (West Chester, Pa./B. Reed Henderson) joined Jakubek on the All-Landmark First Team in doubles play.

DeNunzio's doubles partner sophomore Marissa Campo (Green Lane, Pa./Christopher Dock) joined her on the All-Landmark First Team, while senior Elyse Smilnak (Hollidaysburg, Pa./Hollidaysburg) and freshman Claire Loughlin (Binghamton, N.Y./Seton Catholic Central) rounded out the selections for the Royals earning an All-Landmark Second Team selection in doubles play.

For DeNunzio, this marks the third straight season that she has earned All-Landmark Conference honors at both singles and doubles, marking the second straight year in which she has earned First Team accolades in both, as well.

During the season, DeNunzio went 12-7 overall in singles play, primarily playing in the top spot of the Royals line-up, where she went 9-6. In Landmark Conference action, she posted a 6-1 ledger in singles play, as she is now 32-22 for her career in singles at Scranton.

DeNunzio and Campo, meanwhile, turned into a solid tandem in doubles action, going 6-1 for the year in the Landmark Conference playing in the first flight and 7-6 overall. The duo also went 7-3 over their last 10 matches of the season, as well.

Jakubek, meanwhile, ends her career as a two-time All-Landmark Conference pick in singles and doubles, as she earned First Team accolades in doubles for the second straight season and on First Team singles for the first time in her career (she was a Second Team pick last year).

In singles, play, Jakubek posted a 6-1 mark while playing in the second spot of the Royals' line-up in Landmark Conference play, going 12-9 overall to finish her career with a 42-29 ledger in singles action, the sixth best mark in program history.

In double play, meanwhile, Jakubek and partner Kelly (who is on an All-Landmark Conference team for the first time in her career), posted a perfect 8-0 record on the year, going 6-0 in Landmark Conference play, With the eight wins, Jakubek ended her career with 52 doubles victories, the second highest mark in program history.

Rounding out the All-Landmark Conference selections for Scranton was the tandem of Smilnak and Loughlin, who went 15-3 in doubles play for the 2018-19 campaign and a perfect 7-0 on Landmark Conference matches. The tadem, who tied for fifth all-time for doubles wins in a season on the year, also ended the season on a 10-match winning streak.

Scranton finished the 2018-19 season with an 11-7 overall record, 6-1 in the Landmark Conference and advanced to the Landmark Conference championship match for the third straight season, falling to eventual conference titlist Moravian, 5-2.

For the full 2019 All-Landmark Conference women's tennis selections, click here.