Three Women's Tennis Players Earn Yearly America East Accolades
Photo: Rocio Lopez and Kirsten Scott (above) were named to the All-America East Doubles First Team.
2013 America East All-Conference Teams
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- On Friday, May 3, the America East Conference announced University at Albany women’s tennis junior Rocio Lopez and graduate student Irene Santos-Bravo as first-team all-conference singles selections. The No. 1 doubles duo of Lopez and sophomore Kirsten Scott were also honored to the first team all-conference doubles team.
UAlbany made history this season as they reached their first America East Conference Championship game. They also defeated Binghamton and UMBC for the first time in DI history. Their No. 2 postseason seed was the highest since joining the conference in 2002.
Lopez led the Great Danes in both singles and doubles. She won a career- and team-best 16 dual singles matches, including a 7-3 record at the No. 1 position and 7-2 record at the No. 2 position. She was twice named conference play of the week and team MVP for the second consecutive season.
Santos-Bravo,stepped up big in conference play this season. Against Binghamton, the Madrid, Spain native won at No. 2 doubles and at the No. 1 singles slot, earning a 6-4, 7-6 (5) win. Two days later, she won again at No. 1 singles against UMBC, 6-1, 6-3. She continued to impress in the postseason, defeating against UMBC, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, in the program’s first America East semifinal win.
The duo of Scott and Lopez were dominant this season. They finished 2013 with an 11-3 dual record, including 2-1 in America East play. The two played all 14 of their matches as the No. 1 doubles team.
Lopez and Scott will both return next season as the Great Danes look to improve on a historical season. Though Santos-Bravo had just one year of eligibility, coach Gordon Graham hopes to return her onto the coaching staff next season.