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HADLEY, Mass. – Five members of the Amherst College women's tennis team earned All-NESCAC honors on Friday as the conference announced its annual postseason awards. Jordan Brewer '14 and Gabby Devlin '14 each merited a spot on the first team while Jen Newman '14, Zoe Pangalos '14, and Caroline Richman '13 were second team picks.
Brewer and Devlin earned first team honors as a doubles pair while Brewer also garnered the award as a singles player. Newman and Pangalos were recognized for their joint work in doubles play while both Newman and Richman also picked up second team awards for singles.
A fixture at first singles for top-ranked Amherst, Brewer owns a 16-7 individual record this year, earning an invitation to the NCAA Singles Championship. Three of the junior's wins have come against players ranked among Division III's top 20 entering the season, while five of her seven losses have come against top-five talent, including a trio of setbacks to 2012 NCAA singles runner-up and two-time NESCAC Player of the Year Lok-Sze Leung of Middlebury, whom Brewer notably took to a third set in last Saturday's NESCAC semifinals.
Meanwhile, Brewer and Devlin have reunited atop the Jeffs' doubles lineup after claiming an NCAA title together as first-years in 2011. The pair began the season by winning four straight against D-I competition en route to the Stony Brook Classic title in September. After Devlin missed the remainder of the fall, the duo had a red-hot spring season, going undefeated against D-III foes before an upset loss to Williams last Sunday brought their season record to 16-3, still worthy of a berth in the national doubles bracket.
Earning second team honors as Amherst's No. 2 singles player, Newman has carries a 15-8 individual mark, with only five of her setbacks coming to D-III opponents, one of them an ITA Regional quarterfinal loss to Leung in September. Before losses against Middlebury and Williams over the end of the regular season and conference tournament, Newman had won 12 straight against D-III foes.
At second doubles, Newman has teamed up with Pangalos all season to post a 17-8 record which included a run to the championship match at ITA Regionals. Before tough losses to Middlebury and Williams in their last three outings, the pair had won nine straight, including an impressive 8-4 win for one of Amherst's two points against D-II power Lynn University.
Finally, the versatile Richman takes a 14-8 record into the NCAA tournament. The senior captain has played everywhere from first to fourth singles and was the hero for Amherst last Saturday, outlasting Middlebury's Margot Marchese in three sets to clinch the Jeffs' NESCAC semifinal triumph.
In addition to Leung's second consecutive Player of the Year award, Trinity's Melita Ferjanic was honored as the conference's Rookie of the Year while Williams' Alison Swain was named Coach of the Year.