Coyne Wins Player of the Week with Championship Title

Coyne Wins Player of the Week with Championship Title

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio—Lady Baron tennis player Erin Coyne won AMCC Player of the Week for her four no. 2 doubles and no.5 singles wins which helped FUS to win their first ever AMCC Championship on October 18-19.

The sophomore was one of two players to win all four of her tournament matches. Her most exciting moment was in the no. 2 semi-final doubles match against Penn St.-Altoona. Down 5-0, Coyne and Allison Jensen made a dramatic comeback to win 8-6.

Coyne followed that doubles match with a 6-1, 6-0 no. 5 singles win that clinched the 5-0 sweep against Altoona.

"Erin's ability to overcome the mental pressure against Altoona was a major factor in our win that day," head coach Jenna Lynch said. "Had she not pulled herself together to play her top game, we probably would not have advanced in the tournament. "

Coyne continued the trend on the second day of championships, winning no. 2 doubles 8-5 with Jensen and sweeping her no. 5 singles match 6-0, 6-0 to help the team to a 5-2 win over Penn St.-Behrend.

"Some of her best tennis was in that final round," Lynch said. "When she is on top of her game, Erin has the ability to close out points with strategy and consistency. She played such a clean match in the fourth win that she gave us much more confidence in our overall win."

The championship games marked the end of Coyne's second straight undefeated conference season in both singles and doubles play. Lynch said the sophomore's consistency has been invaluable to supporting the team mentally.

 "She is a wall player that gets everything back," Lynch said. "When the team or I need to calm our anxiety during a tough match, we can always count on gaining confidence by watching Erin's court. "
 
As the 2014 AMCC Champions, Coyne and the rest of the Lady Barons will  continue to expand their horizons with the opportunity to compete in their first NCAA Tournament in May 2015.