Flynn earns All-NEAC East honors
CASTLETON, Vt. - Lyndon's Kayla Flynn, a sophomore Meteorology major from Johnston, R.I., was named a First-Team All-North Eastern Athletic Conference East Division singles selection for a second-consecutive season. A year ago, Flynn was named to both the All-NEAC East First-Team in singles and doubles and walked off with the conference's Rookie of the Year Award as well.
In the 2011 season, playing out of first and second flight singles and No. 1 doubles, Flynn amassed an overall singles record of 8-4 and a mark of 6-2 in the NEAC East. In doubles play, she teamed with Kelsey Johnson to record an overall record of 5-7 and a conference mark of 3-5.
Castleton senior Michelle Podnecky was chosen as the North Eastern Athletic Conference East Division Player of the Year in a vote by the conference coaches. Podnecky has earned the award three years in a row and has compiled a combined 34-2 record in conference competition at No.1 singles and doubles over that span. Podnecky was honored as a first-team selection as both a singles and doubles player.
Thomas first-year Jessica Bowen earned conference Rookie of the Year honors, compiling six total wins against conference opponents at No. 1 singles and doubles.
Castleton's Rob Purdy and Colby-Sawyer's Barry Schoonmaker shared Coach of the Year honors. The two teams finished tied atop the NEAC East standings at 6-1, and after splitting a pair of regular season matches, Purdy's Spartans came out on top in a 5-4 marathon for the division title.
Johnson State received the Team Sportsmanship Award fo rthe second-straight season. NEAC all-conference selections are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.
2011 NEAC East Division All-Conference Team
Singles First Team
Kate Bucci Sr Castleton
Kayla Flynn So Lyndon
Amy Lincoln So Colby-Sawyer
Michelle Podnecky Sr Castleton
Brittni Racine Sr Castleton
Claire Toffey Jr Colby-Sawyer
Doubles First Team
Amy Lincoln/Claire Toffey Colby-Sawyer
Brittni Racine/Chelsea Crehan Castleton
Michele Podnecky/Kate Bucci Castleton
Player of the Year
Michele Podnecky Sr Castleton
Rookie of the Year
Jessica Bowen Fr Thomas
Co-Coaches of the Year
Rob Purdy Castleton
Barry Schoonmaker Colby-Sawyer
Team Sportsmanship Award