Pratt Institute won its third straight Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC) Women's Tennis Championship, capturing seven of nine flights at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Saturday afternoon. The 2013 HVIAC Champions also placed a league-best three members on the HVIAC All-Conference Team, with three-time player of the week freshman Agata Jakubowska, undefeated junior Gabriella Guerra, and senior Whitney Mills earning all-league honors.
Cannoneers head coach Shawn Cummings was named HVIAC Coach of the Year after leading his team to a 10-2 regular season and undefeated 4-0 finish in league play in his first year at the helm. Cummings joined the Pratt staff in July, after being promoted from assistant to head coach at Division II Molloy College in Long Island. At Molloy, he quickly improved the Lions from last place in the Division II East Coast Conference to the middle of the standings, with his team finishing 8-9 in 2012 and winning five straight matches to close out the regular season. He was previously the assistant coach at Division II Bowie State Bulldogs in Bowie, Md. for two years. For the Bulldogs, he focused mainly on the development of the players individually at practice and matches while recruiting student-athletes locally.
Cummings worked at Prince George’s Tennis and Education Foundation in College Park, Md. for six years as a program director. Here he created and developed Team High Performance program in which every tournament player who made the team had requirements to stay on it, including a minimum grade point average.
He was a tennis director for two years at Sportime and presently at Gotham Tennis Academy in the Bronx. He runs the scholarship program, along with creating Gotham's first QuickStart Tennis Academy and running the conditioning program for home-schooled tournament players.
Jakubowska formalized her spot as the league's top individual player by earning the number one singles title. The first-year phenom teamed with junior Sarah Conant (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) for the latter's second straight number one doubles flight championship.
The reigning HVIAC Player of the Week, Guerra capped an undefeated season in which she went 11-0 as a singles competitor and 11-0 in doubles play with a number three singles crown. She teamed with senior Whitney Mills in taking the league's number two doubles title, which is Guerra's third number two doubles title in three seasons. Guerra & Mills return to the all-confernece team, an honor both earned last in 2011.
After winning a number two singles title a year ago, Sarah Conant captured this year's number four singles championship. Fellow junior Carson Stanch who won the 2011 number four singles title, earned a number five singles championship this afternoon. Senior Janet Lee meanwhile, closed out her career with a number six singles title.