RICHMOND, Va., March 30, 2011 - James Madison freshman Jacqueline Palmucci (Aurora, Colo./Cherokee Trail) was named the Colonial Athletic Association Women's Tennis Singles Co-Player of the Week, the league office announced Wednesday morning.
Palmucci posted a pair of singles victories last week at No. 3 in JMU's wins at George Washington and Longwood. She defeated GW's Leah Pascarella, 6-3, 6-3 and LU's Veronika Bohm, 6-4, 6-0 to improve her dual-match record to 11-1 this season and 22-1 overall. The freshman is currently riding an eight-match win streak.
She also went 2-0 at No. 3 doubles with sophomore teammate Megan Douglass (Wilton, Conn./St. Luke's) to stay unbeaten at 10-0 in dual play.
"For a freshman to go undefeated in the fall and only lose one match (to date) in the spring is unheard of," Head Coach Maria Malerba said. "In my 35 years as a coach, I have never had anyone accomplish this. Her tenacity on the court is without comparison and she is certainly setting the standard for all of her teammates in both singles and doubles. She definitely deserves this recognition from the CAA."
This marks the first time since March 24, 2009, that the JMU women's tennis program has earned a CAA weekly award, when then-freshman Leah DeMasters (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Township) and junior Rebecca Erickson (Rye, N.Y./Heritage Academy) were named CAA Doubles Team of the Week.
The last time JMU garnered the Singles Player of the Week award was April 15, 2008, when then-junior Anna Khoor (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Nease) garnered the accolade.
Palmucci shared the honor with William and Mary sophomore Marlen Mesgarzadeh, who clinched decisive point in the Tribe's 4-3 upset win over No. 40 Brown.
JMU returns to action Friday, when it takes on CAA-foe UNC Wilmington, ranked 69th in the nation by the ITA, at Old Dominion's Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center in Norfolk, Va., at 10:30 a.m. On Saturday, the Dukes battle Delaware at 10 a.m., also at ODU.