Carney becomes the first Rookie of the Year from Springfield College in NEWMAC women's tennis history.
A native of Franklin, Mass., Carney made quite a splash in her freshman year competing at No. 3 singles for the Pride. She finished with only one loss in dual-match play, finishing at 6-1 overall. In NEWMAC play, she finished with a record of 5-1 in dual matches, including 4-1 at No. 3 singles, and 1-0 at No. 4 singles. All her victories but one came in straight sets.
In NEWMAC doubles play, Carney teamed with senior co-captain Funmi Olowookere (Woonsocket, R.I.) to finish with a 2-3 mark.
"We're very pleased that Sam was named Rookie of the Year," said first-year Springfield head coach, Tim Losee. "She truly deserved it. It also represents a very positive step in our program."
Earning the other major NEWMAC women's tennis awards were Marie Watanabe of Wellesley as Athlete of the Year, and Lynn Miller of Wheaton as Coach of the Year.
2009 NEWMAC Women's Tennis Awards
First Team All-Conference
#1 Singles- Marie Watanabe, Wellesley
#2 Singles- Catherine Teague, Wheaton
#3 Singles- Jacqueline Shen, Wellesley
#4 Singles- Nathalie Herman, Wellesley
#5 Singles- Meghan Stubblebine, Wellesley
#6 Singles- Rosalyn Chesky, Wheaton
#1 Doubles- Sarah Geocaris & Catherine Teague, Wheaton
#2 Doubles- Marie Watanabe & Meghan Stubblebine, Wellesley
#3 Doubles- Ellen Van Faasen & Rosalyn Chesky, Wheaton
Second Team All-Conference
#1 Singles- Leslie Hansen, MIT
#2 Singles- Anastasia Vishnevetsky, MIT
#3 Singles- Sam Carney, Springfield
#4 Singles- Allesandra DiOrio, Wheaton
#5 Singles- Mikaela Stamas, Babson
#6 Singles- Gabriela Baez, Babson
#1 Doubles- Leslie Hansen & Anastasia Vishnevetsky, MIT
#2 Doubles- Natalie Hsiang & Sarah Moore, Mount Holyoke
#3 Doubles- Ashley Lake & Monica Mercer, Babson