May 6, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army women's tennis senior Jamila Paul and sophomore Carolyn Pitman were selected to the All-Patriot League First Team, while senior Della Taylor was named to the second team, the conference announced Tuesday. Freshman Nancy Porter also drew Patriot League accolades, as she was named Rookie of the Year.
Paul caps her college career with her fourth consecutive first team selection after receiving the honor during her first three seasons at West Point. Additionally, Paul was recognized on the Patriot League All-Academic Team on Monday. Pitman earns her initial first team honor after being named to the all-conference second team as a freshman, Taylor's second team nod is the third of her career, as she drew the honor as a freshman and sophomore.
Paul went 13-6 at the No. 1 singles position this spring, while combining to win a team-record 23 doubles matches alongside Pitman. The pair collected 23 wins in the spring, but finished a perfect 27-0 during the entire 2013-14 campaign.
The Bulverde, Texas, native began the spring with five singles wins in a row, and finished 5-2 in singles action against Patriot League opponents. As a duo, Paul and Pitman let their opponents win more than four games on just five occasions. In their final appearance of the season, the pair knocked off Lauren Davis/Barbara Rodriguez of top-seeded Boston University in the Patriot League Championship on April 20, helping the Black Knights win the doubles point in the match.
Pitman tied for first on the team with 15 singles wins in dual matches, with five of those victories coming against Patriot League opponents. She dropped just five matches, while building winning streaks of six contests and five contests. Pitman went 1-1 in the Patriot League Tournament, with her win coming against Navy's Darien Sears, 6-2, 6-3, in the semifinals.
Taylor finished the year 11-5 in singles dual matches, while going 15-7 in doubles competitions. She played primarily at the No. 4 singles position, but also saw time at Nos. 1, 2 and 3. In each of her 11 singles wins, the Redondo Beach, Calif., native topped her opponent in two sets. On six occasions, she limited her counterpart to fewer than five games, including a season-best 6-1, 6-0 win over Holy Cross' Virginia Peck-Phillips on March 21.
Taylor played the entire season at the top doubles spot partnered with her sister, junior Elle Taylor. The Taylor sisters combined to win six of their final seven matches of the year, including three wins in the Patriot League Tournament. The duo defeated the top tandems from Colgate and Navy before knocking off Boston University's top pairing of Johanna Hyoty/Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis in the championship match.
Porter finished her freshman campaign tied for the team lead with 15 singles wins, while also notching seven doubles victories. One of the team's more versatile singles players, Porter competed at every position except No. 1. The freshman earned nine straight wins from Feb. 28 to April 12 before going 2-1 in the Patriot League Tournament.
Porter played in the second and third doubles slots, competing alongside five different partners. She won two doubles contests when partnered with senior Carly Riney and Elle Taylor, and picked up a single victory with senior Margaret Iliev, junior Maya Parker and freshman Allyson Hayley.
Army finished the season 23-4 overall and 7-1 in the Patriot League. This season marked the program's seventh consecutive 20-win campaign.
2014 Patriot League Awards
Player of the Year
Johanna Hyoty, Boston Univeristy
All-League First Team
Jamila Paul, Army
Carolyn Pitman, Army
Lauren Davis, Boston University
Johanna Hyoty, Boston University
Maria Cioffi, Bucknell
Erin Snook, Navy
All-League Second Team
Della Taylor, Army
Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis, Boston University
Elena Vidrascu, Bucknell
Megan Hahn, Loyola
Sam Droop, Navy
Darien Sears, Navy
Rookie of the Year
Nancy Porter, Army
Coach of the Year
Lesley Sheehan, Boston University