Stonehill Sweeps NE-10 Weekly Women’s Tennis Honors

Sophomore Victoria Barbetta is the NE-10 Player of the Week for the first time in her career.

Barbetta named NE-10 Player of the Week for first time in career
Downey tabbed NE-10 Rooke of the Week for third time

NE-10 Women's Tennis Weekly Release (PDF)

EASTON, Mass. (April 5, 2016) – The Stonehill College women's tennis program swept the weekly Northeast-10 Conference awards with sophomore Victoria Barbetta (Wesley Chapel, Florida/Saddlebrook Prep) being named the league's Player of the Week and freshman Nicole Downey (Groveland, Massachusetts/Pentucket Regional) being selected as Rookie of the Week.



Barbetta earns NE-10 Player of the Week honors for the first time in her career after posting a combined 3-1 record in singles and doubles play over three matches for Stonehill last week. She won both of her matches at No. 3 singles, taking a 6-4, 6-1 win over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Melanie Frank on Friday and then posting a 6-0, 6-3 triumph against Abby Henry from NCAA Division I College of the Holy Cross on Sunday. Barbetta was a double-winner for the Skyhawks in Sunday's 5-2 victory over the Crusaders as she combined with senior Analise Kump (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth) for a 6-1 decision at No. 1 doubles as well.

Downey collects NE-10 Rookie of the Week accolades for the third time over her freshman season for Stonehill. She won both of her singles matches over three contests for the Skyhawks last week, including a come-from-behind 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 win against Holy Cross's Izzy Bagi in Sunday's victory over the Division I Crusaders. Downey also posted a back and forth 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 decision against Rensselaer's Andrea Valencia on Friday.

Barbetta, who earned All-Northeast-10 first team honors at No. 3 singles and second team accolades at No. 2 doubles this season, is a combined 37-10 in singles and doubles play in her sophomore season. She has posted a 21-3 mark in singles matches, including a perfect 11-0 in the NE-10, to go with a 16-7 doubles mark with two different playing partners, posting a 14-7 record with Kump, including 7-2 in NE-10 matches. The duo reached the quarterfinal round of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Regional in September.

Freshman Nicole Downey is the NE-10 Rookie of the Week for a third time.

Barbetta, selected to the NE-10 All-Rookie Team as a freshman, has posted a combined 64-27 (.703) record in singles and doubles play over her Stonehill career, including 38-7 (.844) in NE-10 matches. She is 35-11 in her two seasons in singles play, including 21-2 in NE-10 matches, while posting a 29-16 doubles mark, including 17-5 in NE-10 play. Barbetta has been named to the NE-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll all three semesters and Athletic Director's Honor Roll two semesters to date.

Downey has earned All-Northeast-10 third team honors for No. 5 singles as well as a spot on the NE-10 All-Rookie Team to highlight a strong freshman season at Stonehill. She also won the B-draw at the ITA East Regional in September, also earning NE-10 Commissioner's and Athletic Director's Honor Roll status for her efforts in the classroom during the fall semester. Downey is a combined 32-10 in singles and doubles play during her freshman year, including 16-2 in NE-10 play. She has posted a 19-4 singles mark, including 7-1 in NE-10 play, while notching a 13-6 doubles record with an incredible seven different playing partners, including 9-1 in NE-10 matches.

Stonehill (14-9, 10-2 NE-10), ranked sixth in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Regional rankings, returns to action on Sunday, April 17, at NCAA Division I University of Hartford for its final regular season match of the year at 3 p.m.

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