October 25, 2011

Cooke, Marlowe named to NEWMAC All-Conference Team

NORTON, Mass. – Wheaton College sophomore Lyndsay Cooke (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield Christian) and freshman Alexandra Marlowe (Mesa, Ariz./Mountain View) were named to the 2011 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Tennis All-Conference Second Team. The pair was selected at No. 1 and 2 singles, respectively.

Cooke went 6-1 at No. 1 singles against NEWMAC opponents for head coach Lynn Miller. A first team selection as a freshman, Cooke's only conference loss this fall was a three-set tiebreak to NEWMAC Athlete of the Year Marie Watanabe (Wellesley), 7-5, 3-6, 7-10.

Overall, Cook finished the fall campaign 12-3 and owns a career record of 37-5 (.881).

Marlowe completed her freshman campaign with a mark of 5-2, suffering her only losses to fellow second team selection Melissa Clark (Wellesley) and Lauren Quisenberry (MIT), who was a second team selection at doubles.

"I was pleased to see two very deserving Wheaton players selected to the all-conference team," said Miller." Lyndsay and Alex are two outstanding student-athletes who represent Wheaton well. I also feel that Lyndsay was in strong contention for Player of the Year. There was a very competitive field in NEWMAC tennis this year, and while she was not selected to one of the all-conference teams, our senior captain, Allesandra DiOrio (Cumberland, R.I./Lincoln School) is someone I feel is worthy of special recognition for her strong singles play this fall."

In addition to Watanabe, Wellesley also saw Melissa Clark honored as Rookie of the Year and head coach Brian Kuscher named Coach of the Year. Clark University received the Sportsmanship Award.

The NEWMAC First Team consisted of Watanable at No. 1, Erica Choo (Wellesley) at No. 2, Anastasia Vishnevetsky (MIT) at No. 3, Julia Hsu (MIT) at No. 4, Vynnie Kong (MIT) at No. 5, and Kendall Tada (Wellesley) at No. 6. The doubles lineup consisted of Watanabe and Lee at No. 1, Granger and Emily Bary (Wellesley) at No. 2, and Clark and Joyce Chen (Wellesley) at No. 3.  

Joining Cooke and Marlowe on the second team was Clark at No. 3, Diana Granger (Wellesley) at No. 4, Sojung Lee (Wellesley) at No. 5, and Juanita Becerra (MIT) at No. 6. The doubles lineup featured Quisenberry and Vishnevetsky at No. 1, Hsu and Michelle Dutt (MIT) at No. 2, and Beccerra and Kong at No. 3.

The Lyons completed the 2011 fall season 8-4 overall and 4-3 in conference play. Seeking their third-straight NEWMAC Championship, the Lyons defeated Mount Holyoke 5-1 in the quarterfinals before falling to eventual conference champion Wellesley, 5-1.