SKILLMAN, NJ – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) has named Amherst College captain Alicia Menezes (Staten Island, NY) the Northeast's Senior Player of the Year for 2008 for her terrific career as a Lord Jeff. During her career, Amherst amassed an amazing 58-13 record in dual matches, and never lost more than four times in a season.
Menezes played in the top spot for the Lord Jeffs last season, as the team went 18-4 and finished as the NCAA Division III National Runner-Up. Just days later, Menezes paired with teammate Brittany Berckes (Secaucus, NJ) to win the 2007 National Doubles Championship.
This season, the senior captain helped Amherst win its fourth straight outright NESCAC crown, as the class of 2008 completed its collegiate sweep of conference titles. Menezes and the Lord Jeffs hosted NCAA Regionals once again this spring, but fell to conference rival Bowdoin College in the Round of 16. With a 16-2 record, Menezes and the Jeffs finished with their best winning percentage since the 1998-99 season.
Menezes played in the top half of the Amherst ladder for most of her career, and follows assistant coach Kristen Raverta '06 as Amherst winners of this prestigious award. Menezes and Raverta played as doubles partners for two seasons, and qualified for the NCAA Doubles Tournament in 2006.
Menezes and Berckes are currently training for the upcoming doubles national tournament once again, and will head to Gustavus Adolphus College on Wednesday, May 14 to start a run for another national championship.
ITA REGIONAL AWARD WINNERS
2008 NCAA SINGLES AND DOUBLES SELECTIONS