NORFOLK, Va. – Freshman Marta Gomar of the Norfolk State women’s tennis team was named the MEAC Rookie of the Year on Tuesday morning when the conference office announced its postseason awards. In addition, head coach Worth Richardson was named the MEAC Coach of the Year, while senior Andrea Macchiavello earned a second-team all-conference nod.
This year marked the first time an NSU women’s player won either the rookie or player of the year award. Richardson’s coach of the year honor was also a first for Spartan women’s tennis in the conference. After a four-year gap, NSU has now had at least one all-MEAC player each of the last three years.
Richardson earned the coach of the year award after leading the Spartans to a 6-0 record and the No. 1 seed in the Northern Division in their first season in the North. Norfolk State qualified for the MEAC tournament for the first time in five years and earned its first regular season division or overall conference title since joining the league before the 1998 season.
Gomar, who hails from Valencia, Spain, posted a perfect 6-0 singles record this year in conference play and a 10-9 overall mark while playing at the second and third spots in the lineup. She also posted a 5-0 doubles record in MEAC Northern Division matches and an 11-8 overall doubles mark, including 8-8 at the No. 3 spot. She earned three different MEAC Rookie of the Week awards this season.
Macchiavello earned the first all-conference nod of her four-year NSU career. Like Gomar, Macchiavello also posted a perfect 6-0 record in division play as well as a 12-8 overall singles record, including 11-3 at the fourth spot in the lineup. A native of Boca Raton, Fla., she tallied a 4-1 doubles record in MEAC play and an 8-11 overall mark while competing in all but one match at No. 2 doubles.
Mina Matsuba of Bethune-Cookman was named the MEAC Player of the Year.
The Spartans will begin play in the MEAC tournament on Thursday at ODU’s Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center. NSU will play No. 4 seed North Carolina Central from the Southern Division at 8:30 a.m.
2016 Women’s Tennis All-MEAC Teams
|Mina Matsuba||Bethune-Cookman||Jr.||Mie, Japan|
|Stacey Roheman||Howard||Sr.||Castries, St. Lucia|
|Shantal Blackwood||Florida A&M||Sr.||Kingston, Jamaica|
|Aissa Muamba||North Carolina Central||Sr.||Laval, Canada|
|Arrice Robinson||Florida A&M||Jr.||Port Orange, Fla.|
|Dominique Henry||Florida A&M||Jr.||Miami, Fla.|
|Mia Ramic||North Carolina Central||Sr.||Split, Croatia|
|Intissar Rassif||South Carolina State||Jr.||Morocco|
|Ancia Ifill||Bethune-Cookman||Sr.||St. Georges, Barbados|
|Elvira Galieva||Delaware State||So.||Ufa, Russia|
|Andrea Macchiavello||Norfolk State||Sr.||Boca Raton, Fla.|
|Alejandra Vidal||Bethune-Cookman||So.||Maracaibo, Venezuela|
Player of the Year: Mina Matsuba, Bethune-Cookman
Rookie of the Year: Marta Gomar, Norfolk State
Coach of the Year: Worth Richardson, Norfolk State
Originally posted on NSUSpartans.com.