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Emerson Women's Tennis Closes Most Successful Season with Tough Loss for Holt

Posted by Sandy Sweet on Oct 29 2009 at 05:00PM PDT

 

Kayleigh Holt '10
 
The Emerson College women's tennis team closed its 2009 season with a 6–3 record, having the best winning percentage (.667) in the history of the program at Emerson. Three team members were also honored by the Great Northeast Athletic Conference.

The Emerson women's season ended in a heartbreaking 5–4 loss to the Suffolk University Rams in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championship Tournament semifinals at the Winchester Indoor Lawn and Tennis Club. The loss to the Rams was the second time this season Emerson dropped a one-point decision to its neighborhood rivals.

Chrissy Laboissonniere '10 (Pawtucket, RI) was a double winner for Emerson in the match, combining with Kailey Smith '11 (Madison, ME) to rally from three games down to take the second doubles point by an 8–5 score, then dispatching her Suffolk opponent in straight sets at number three singles 6–4, 6–2.

"After her match I told Chrissy how well I thought she had played," Emerson coach Mason Astley said. "She told me that she realized they might be the last matches of her college career and that she was not going to lose them."

Gina Varamo '13 (Washington, NJ) also helped the Lions win two points, teaming with Eliza Hamilton '13 (Bethesda, MD) to take a nail-biting 9–7 decision at third doubles. Varamo then rallied from a set down to defeat Chloe Oldfather 4–6, 6–2, 6–0 and tie the match at 4–4.

A large and loud Emerson crowd tried to will Emerson's best player ever to victory, but Kayleigh Holt '10 (Somerset, MA) tired in the third set after rallying to take the second set in a tiebreaker at number one singles. The win for Suffolk's number one player, Alex Hernandez, gave the Rams the match.

Holt was the number one singles and doubles player on the women's tennis team since the day she arrived at Emerson. For the third time in her career, she has been named a Great Northeast Athletic Conference All-Conference first team selection. Holt compiled a 30–13 (.698 winning percentage) career singles record and a 30–12 (.714 winning percentage) doubles record over the course of her career.

Astley was selected as the Coach of the Year by his colleagues in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. Emerson's second-year mentor has compiled an 11–8 record with the women and led the team to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championship Tournament semifinals each of the past two years.

Erika West '12 (Trainer, PA) was chosen by her teammates as the Emerson representative to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Sportsmanship team.

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