Row 1 (L-R): Kayla O’Donovan, Joana Sun, Kelsey Raynor, Erin McCarthy, Maria Eduarda Yurgel.
Row 2 (L-R): Head Coach Roge Nesbitt, Marielle Campbell, Juliana Boas, Retta Byron, Jeannie Lukin, Joanna Macaliso, Assistant Coach Mirelva Colon, Assistant Coach Ron Lane.
MAAC Championship Recap
The Marist Women's Tennis team defeated top-seeded Fairfield, 4-3, to win the 2011 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The Red Foxes, seeded second in the championship, advanced to their third NCAA Tournament. With the contest tied at three apiece, the decisive match was played at fourth singles between Marist freshman Marielle Campbell and Fairfield's Nikki Jackson. Campbell dropped the first set, 7-5, but came back to win the final two sets by scores of 6-2, 6-3. Campbell was named the championship's Most Outstanding Performer.
The Red Foxes got off to the early lead by taking the doubles point. Sophomore Kelsey Raynor and junior Erin McCarthy teamed up for an 8-6 win at first doubles, and seniors Jeannie Lukin and Retta Byron triumphed 8-5 at third doubles. Marist sophomore Joana Sun earned a 6-0, 6-4 win at third singles, but straight-set victories by the Stags' Sharissa Ryan and Caroline Emhardt at second and fifth singles, respectively, tied the match at two apiece.
The remaining three matches all went to a third and deciding set. Byron prevailed at sixth singles, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, but Fairfield's Monica Yajima won 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5 at first singles, leaving the match tied at three apiece. Campbell's win then gave Marist the championship. Coach Roge Nesbitt was named 2011 MAAC’s Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year. In her fifth season, Nesbitt led the Red Foxes to their third league title in program history. Marist went 5-1 during the MAAC regular season.
NCAA Tournament Recap
The team went on to face the Georgia Bulldogs in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia. Sophomore Kelsey Raynor led the Red Foxes as she won three games in her suspended first singles match versus the reigning NCAA Singles Champion Chelsey Gullickson 6-2, 0-1.
In doubles, the team of sophomore Joana Sun and junior Erin McCarthy battled to a 3-5 score against Georgia's Kate Fuller and Lilly Kimbell in second doubles before their match was suspended. Other doubles action included Georgia's Gullickson and Nadja Gilchrist defeating Raynor and McCarthy in singles as well as Maho Kowase and Cameron Ellis downing seniors Jeannie Lukin and Retta Byron.
Georgia won three single matches as #59-ranked Gilchrist won the number two match versus McCarthy 6-0, 6-1, while Kimbell defeated freshman Kayla O'Donovan in fifth singles 6-0, 6-0. In third singles Sun was trailing #79 Maho Kowase 6-0, 5-0 when the match was suspended, do to already being decided. Lukin won a game against Fuller in sixth singles, but was trailing 6-0, 4-1. Marist finished the season with an overall record of 13-8.