WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Senior Rebecca Mauri (Meriden, CT) and sophomore Sakinah Abdulsalam (Bristol, CT) were named to the All-Great Northeast Athletic Conference Singles Second Team, it was announced by the league office on Tuesday afternoon. It marks the second time each player has been named all-conference throughout their respective careers.
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Mauri, the lone senior on the Blue Jays squad, earns the second team honor to wrap up an illustrious career as a member of the USJ tennis team. The Meriden, CT product played all of her matches as USJ's No. 1 singles player for the third consecutive season and finished the 2016 campaign with a 5-7 overall record and 3-3 mark in GNAC play. Mauri adds the second team award to her resume after being named to the All-GNAC Singles First Team as a freshman.
Abdulsalam receives her second nod to the All-GNAC Singles Second Team in as many years after going undefeated in conference play (6-0) as USJ's No. 3 singles player in 2016. Overall, Abdulsalam finished her sophomore season with the best singles record on the team at 9-4. She downed her opponents in straight sets in five of her nine wins, including three victories via shutout, 6-0, 6-0. The Bristol, CT native has now posted back-to-back seasons with eight or more singles victories for the Blue Jays.
Mauri and Abdulsalam helped lead the Blue Jays to a 7-8 record on the season and the fourth seed in the GNAC Championship Tournament where they defeated Albertus Magnus to reach the GNAC Semifinals for the second straight season.
Aidiana Sagyndykova from Suffolk was named the GNAC Player of the Year, Nina Cohen from Johnson & Wales was named the Rookie of the Year and Devin Kitterick of JWU was the Coach of the Year as the three major GNAC award winners. Mount Ida College earned the Institutional Sportsmanship Award, while sophomore Lucy Roberge (Willington, CT) represented USJ on the All-Sportsmanship Team.