May 8, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -
Junior Jamila Paul garnered Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year and head coach Paul Peck picked up Coach of the Year plaudits as the Patriot League announced its major awards and all-league teams on Wednesday morning. Paul, senior Erin Colton and rookies Eva Sung and Carolyn Pitman all earned All-Patriot League Team accolades.
In addition to earning all-league team status, Colton, Paul and sophomore Elle Taylor were named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team in the same announcement.
A life science major on the pre-medicine track, Paul carries a 3.46 grade-point average and has been a Dean's List member every semester. The fifth Army player in history to be named Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year, she is a two-time academic honor roll member and Commandant's Award recipient. The Bulverde, Texas, native garnered first team All-Patriot League honors for a third-straight season and helped carry Army to a 14th Patriot League title two weeks ago. Paul enters the NCAA Tournament with a 24-6 singles record and a team-best 28-7 doubles mark. She played in the top two flights in both singles and doubles and is 10-0 at No. 1 singles.
Colton is one of six players in conference history to earn first team All-Patriot League honors four times. Ranked seventh on Army's career doubles wins list (79), she teamed with Paul for much of the season and authored a 15-2 dual-match record. The duo did not lose to a Patriot League tandem all season. Colton played atop Army's singles lineup, went 2-1 against league opponents and helped secure a ninth-straight Patriot League title. Colton earned Academic All-Patriot League honors for the first time. A two-time team co-captain, she carries a 3.214 GPA and will graduate with a Systems Mangement degree in at the end of the month.
First-time All-Patriot League honorees Sung and Pitman headline a group of freshmen who played a significant role in Army's success this season.
Sung played at No. 3 singles throughout the conference season and into the Patriot League Tournament, authoring an 18-15 singles record and an unblemished mark in conference matches. Sung provided a point in Army's Patriot League semifinal match against Colgate and defeated Darien Sears in a three-set thriller as Army won its first "star" match against rival Navy in early April. She owns a 12-4 doubles mark and is 7-2 this spring.
Pitman has been a steady contributor in the lower half of Army's lineup from day one. She owns a 16-8 singles record with six wins over league opponents. The Ohio native won the third singles title at the West Point Invitational in September, while her win at No. 4 accounted for one of Army's four necessary points in the Patriot League Championship match against Navy. Pitman teamed with junior Margaret Iliev at No. 3 doubles throughout the spring. The pair went 16-6 overall and were undefeated against Patriot League opponents.
Taylor rounded out Army's representation on the Academic All-Patriot League Team. She teamed with older sister, Della, atop the Black Knights' doubles lineup this spring and owns a 3.428 cumulative GPA in Systems Engineering.
Peck earned Coach of the Year honors for the 13th time in his career and eighth time in the past nine years. The 18-plus year mentor guided a young Army squad, which featured three freshmen in the starting lineup to a ninth-straight Patriot League title. The team eclipsed the 20-win mark for the sixth year in a row and holds a 22-6 record heading into this weekend's NCAA Tournament. He is the winningest coach in program history.
Army drew regional host No. 7 UCLA in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The match will be played this Saturday, March 11, at noon local time. Tickets for the NCAA Regionals can be purchased upon entrance to the Los Angeles Tennis Center (no advanced ticket sales). Prices are $7 for adults and $5 for youth/students.