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Lewis Voted Newcomer of the Year; Colucci, Ruggles Picked Second Team All-AMCC

Lewis Voted Newcomer of the Year; Colucci, Ruggles Picked Second Team All-AMCC


10/20/2016 — ALTOONA, Pa. - Penn State Altoona women's tennis freshman Brayley Lewis (Roaring Spring, PA/Bishop Guilfoyle) was selected the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference's Newcomer of the Year, as the league released its postseason All-Conference Team on Thursday.

In addition to Lewis' recognition as the top first-year player in the conference, senior Michelle Colucci (Middletown, NJ/St. John Vianney) was voted second team All-Conference in No. 1 singles, and freshman Annie Ruggles (Hollidaysburg, PA/Hollidaysburg) also earned second team All-AMCC status in No. 6 singles.

Lewis produced a strong freshman season for Penn State Altoona. She led the Lady Lions in singles wins, going 8-3 overall and 6-1 in the AMCC. Playing primarily in the No. 2 singles slot, Lewis went 7-3 overall there while winning her only No. 1 singles match. Her eight singles wins are tied for the third most in a single season in Penn State Altoona women's tennis history.

In doubles, Lewis had the second-most wins on her team, going 8-4 overall and 5-2 against AMCC competition. Lewis teamed up with Colucci for 10 doubles matches in the No. 1 spot, and that duo combined to go 7-3 overall and 4-1 in the AMCC. Lewis' eight doubles victories are tied for third on the Lady Lions' single season doubles wins list.

During the season, Lewis earned regional recognition for her performance when she was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference's Division III South Region Rookie of the Month for September.

Colucci was voted second team All-AMCC as a No. 1 singles player for the third time in four years. The senior capped her collegiate tennis career with another standout season this fall, going 7-3 overall in No. 1 singles, including a 6-1 mark against AMCC competition. Colucci finished second in the league in both overall wins and conference wins in the No. 1 slot. Among the highlights of her season was defeating the No. 1 for Franciscan University, the top team in the AMCC and the eventual conference champion.

Colucci finishes her Penn State Altoona tennis career as the program's all-time wins leader in both singles matches (31 wins) and doubles matches (30 wins).

Joining Colucci on the second team All-AMCC squad is Ruggles, who was voted into that spot for her performance in No. 6 singles. Ruggles was second among No. 6 singles players in the AMCC in both overall wins and conference wins, going 5-2 overall and 4-1 against AMCC opponents in that slot.

Ruggles picked up one AMCC Player of the Week award from the AMCC during the season.

Penn State Altoona women's tennis finished in fourth place in the AMCC this season, going 5-3 in the conference and posting a 6-7 overall record.

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