BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Bridgewater State University dominated the 2012 Little East Women's Tennis All-Conference Team which was announced by Little East Director of Media Relations, Jack Holleran.
BSU junior Jenna Williamson (Ludlow, Mass.) was named the 2012 Little East Player of the Year, while Barry Gorman was chosen as the Coach of the Year.
Williamson is the first women's tennis student-athlete to repeat as the top player in the conference circuit since the Little East began sponsoring the award in 2008. The junior from Ludlow, Mass. is also making her second-straight appearance as the top-flight singles representative on the All-Little East First Team.
Williamson paced the Bridgewater State lineup with an overall record of 13-1, including an 8-0 mark against conference competition. Williamson has yet to lose a match against a Little East opponent in her three-year career as she is sporting a 24-0 LEC record, including 16-0 mark at top-flight singles.
In 2012, Williamson defeated seven of her eight conference opponents in straight-sets. She also teamed with senior Lauren Hopp (Dartmouth, Mass.) to post an 11-4 record. The Bears top doubles duo registered a 7-1 mark in conference play to earn All-Little East Second Team honors.
Joining Williamson from Bridgewater State on the All-Little East First Team in singles play are senior Ashley Pereira (Assonet, Mass.) at the second flight, freshman Alison Vautrin (Somerset, Mass.) at number four, Hopp at the fifth flight and sophomore Melissa Flynn (Stoneham, Mass.) at number six.
Vautrin, Hopp and Flynn all went unbeaten in singles competition with perfect 8-0 marks. Vautrin posted an overall record of 12-1 in her rookie campaign, while Hopp finished at 14-1 and Flynn posted a record of 13-1.
Pereira and senior Brittney Hislop (Burley, Wash.) were named to the All-Little East First Team at second doubles as the duo finished 8-0 in league play and 14-3 overall. The Bears’ third flight doubles team of Vautrin and sophomore Rachael Eramo (Rowley, Mass.) went 7-1 in the conference (15-3 overall) to join Williamson and Hopp on the all-conference second team.
Gorman is making his second appearance in the past three years as the top coach in the Little East. Under his direction, Bridgewater reached the 12-win mark for the fifth-straight season as the Bears posted an overall record of 13-2. Bridgewater claimed the program’s second consecutive Little East regular season title with an 8-0 mark against conference opponents.
Gorman and his charges earned the top seed and home court advantage throughout the 2012 Little East Women's Tennis Championship. Bridgewater State defeated Plymouth State (5-0) and Salem State (5-0) to capture the program's third overall conference tournament title. The Bears will be making their third appearance in the past six years in the NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Tournament which takes place next May with regional play beginning on the tenth.