HARRISONBURG, Va., April 30, 2012 - The James Madison women's tennis team handed out its team awards, head coach Maria Malerba announced today. The team's Most Valuable Player award was earned by junior Megan Douglass (Wilton, Conn./St. Luke's) while sophomore Jacqueline Palmucci (Aurora, Colo./Cherokee Trail) earned the Coach's Award.
According to Malerba, "Douglass earned the award, both with her play this spring, and the consistent improvement shown throughout her career."
Douglass posted a team-best 12-5 singles record this season, helping lead the Dukes to the second round of the CAA Women's Tennis Championships.
"Her game has improved every year and that improvement definitely showed this season," Malerba said. "She has a great work ethic and constantly strives to improve. Her consistency on the court has strengthened our program and we look forward to her continued growth next year in her senior season."
Palmucci earned the Coach's Award for what assistant coach Candynce Boney described as "a constant effort to go above and beyond."
"She was a tremendous help to me throughout the year," Boney said "She always made an effort to help me understand where I needed to go or who I needed to contact if I had any questions. If it was a rainy day, she would call me to let me know when the indoor courts were available. She went above and beyond all season long to make things easier for me and I really appreciated her help throughout the season."
Palmucci was also named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association Second Team with an 11-6 singles record, including a 4-1 mark in the CAA.