Return to MAAC Tournament Highlights 2017 Season
May 16, 2017
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield University women's tennis team returned to the MAAC Tournament in 2017 after falling short of the postseason in 2016. The team was led by four freshmen in the top six including All-MAAC Second Team selections Shelby Vertula and Emily Lombardi.
As a team, the Stags went 4-3 in conference play, picking up wins over Rider, Saint Peter's, Monmouth, and Niagara. They earned the fourth seed in the conference tournament before falling to top seed and eventual champion, Quinnipiac, in the semifinal round.
Vertula earned Second Team honors at No. 5 singles after posting an 11-15 overall record and a 5-2 mark against league opponents. Her 11 total wins were second best on the team in 2017. Lombardi earned Second Team laurels at No. 6 singles where she grabbed 13 wins for a 13-12 overall record and a 6-1 conference mark. The rookie was the only Stag to post a winning record and tallied the most wins on the team.
In the third and fourth slots, Diana Prinos and Jessica Pil also put up impressive numbers in their first collegiate seasons. Prinos tallied six wins while posting a 2-5 MAAC record. Pil had eight total wins and was 5-2 against conference foes.
Up at the top, Sarah Stuhlmann and Nicole Aragones provided a veteran presence in the starting lineup. Stuhlmann played every one of her matches at No. 1 going 6-19 overall and 3-4 in the MAAC. Aragones played the spring season in the second spot, posting a 4-9 overall mark and a 2-4 record in conference.
By the end of the season, the three doubles pairs playing were Stuhlmann / Aragones, Lombardi / Karen McKeough, and Prinos / Vertula. At No. 1, the two juniors posted five wins, two of which coming in MAAC play. Lombardi teamed up the lone senior on the team as the duo went on record five total wins and an impressive 4-2 record in league contests. The freshman team of Prinos and Vertula also recorded a winning mark against MAAC competition, going 3-2 in their five league matches together.
Returning all six of their top singles players, Fairfield will look to amplify their success in the years ahead.