Piazza Named GNAC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year

Piazza Named GNAC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year

WINTHROP, Mass. – University of Saint Joseph second-year head coach Karen Piazza was named the 2017 GNAC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year and the Blue Jays earned the GNAC Institutional Sportsmanship Award to take home two of the four major honors from the 2017 GNAC All-Conference Awards, it was announced via a release by the league front office on Monday afternoon.

OFFICIAL GNAC RELEASE

In just her second season at helm of the USJ tennis team, Piazza has led the Blue Jays to the postseason tournament each year, including a trip to the semifinal round in her inaugural season. After opening this season with a 1-5 record in the month of September, Piazza guided the Blue Jays to four wins over their final five matches to finish the regular season 5-6 overall and 2-4 in league play and secured the No. 5 seed in the conference tournament.

Piazza has also instilled and reinforced the necessity for good sportsmanship in the game of tennis at USJ and appropriately the Blue Jays were honored with the GNAC Institutional Sportsmanship Award. It marks the third time in the past five seasons that the Blue Jays have garnered this award. Additionally, junior Leah Nguyen (West Hartford, Conn.) was named to the GNAC All-Sportsmanship Team as the representative for the Blue Jays.

The GNAC Player of the Year went to Johnson & Wales' sophomore Nina Cohen and the GNAC Rookie of the Year was awarded to Carly Donovan from Regis (Mass.) as the other two major award winners. A complete list of all the GNAC All-Conference Awards can be seen below.

Major Award Winners
Player of the Year – Nina Cohen, Johnson & Wales
Rookie of the Year – Carly Donovan, Regis (Mass.)
Coach of the Year – Karen Piazza, Saint Joseph (Conn.)
Institutional Sportsmanship Award – Saint Joseph (Conn.)

First Team Singles
Nina Cohen, Johnson & Wales (So., Guatemala City, Guatemala)
Lauren Torre, Johnson & Wales (Jr., New Fairfield, Conn.)
Carly Donovan, Regis (Mass.) (Fr., Harwich, Mass.)
Katasha Jarvis, Regis (Mass.) (Jr., Mt. Vernon, N.Y.)
Carly Scanlon, Regis (Mass.) (So., Canton, Mass.)
Delaney Dunlap, Suffolk (Jr., Hingham, Mass.)

First Team Doubles
Nina Cohen / Delaney Macchirole, Johnson & Wales

Second Team Singles
Madison Hernandez, Johnson & Wales (So., Phoenix, Ariz.)
Delaney Macchirole, Johnson & Wales (Jr., Greenport, N.Y.)
Ariana McCormack, Regis (Mass.) (So., Worcester, Mass.)
Nickie Nguyen, Simmons (So., Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam)
Jessica Schroedl, Simmons (So., Staatsburg, N.Y.)
Celia Speth, Simmons (Fr., Deerfield, Mass.)

Second Team Doubles
Marissa Johnson (So., Norwell, Mass.) / Nickie Nguyen, Simmons

All-Sportsmanship Team
Paige Williams, Albertus Magnus
Gabriella Velazquez, Johnson & Wales
Amanda Garner, Mount Ida
Gracie Jarest, Regis (Mass.)
Leah Nguyen, Saint Joseph (Conn.)
Olivia Lakes, Simmons
Elena Cisneros Garcia, Suffolk