Doyley Named NEWMAC Rookie of the Year; Cromback, Schneider Also Honored
BABSON PARK, Mass. -- The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) announced its 2012 men's tennis postseason award winners this week, and three Babson College athletes were honored. First-year Ramone Doyley (Kingston, Jamaica) was named NEWMAC Rookie of the Year, sophomore Hubert Cromback (Cambridge, Mass.) received All-Conference Second Team honors at number five singles, and senior captain Danny Schneider (Littleton, Mass.) was named to the Academic All-Conference Team for the third straight year.
One of only two freshman in the conference playing at the number one singles position, Doyley became the first player in Babson men's tennis history to be named league Rookie of the Year. The Beavers' first-year standout won two matches at the number two spot before being elevated to the top singles position, where he went 6-4 in dual match play. He went 2-3 at the top spot in NEWMAC play, including a 6-4, 6-7 (5), (10-7) superbreaker victory over Springfield's Kyle Mersereau - the league's only other freshman playing at number one. Doyley also played every one of Babson's matches at the number one doubles spot, where he posted five more wins despite playing with six different partners over the course of the year.
"Ramone has sent the tone at the top of our line up all year," said head coach Jim Berrigan. "Competing mostly against juniors and seniors, he has held his own and either won or been in every match against our opponents' top player. He is fighter on the court and has gained valuable experience going into next season."
After joining the team midway through the school year, Cromback garnered All-Conference Second Team honors at the number five singles position. The sophomore went 4-3 in singles play, including a 2-1 mark against conference opponents. All three of his losses came at the number six position, as he went undeated at three (1-0), four (1-0), and five (2-0). Cromback also played five matches with three different partners in doubles this spring, going 3-2 overall.
"Hubert earned his way into the lineup after transferring this spring from Suffolk," Berrigan said. "He has played in many spots and flourished everywhere he has played. He has a great court presence and plays an all-court game. We look forward to continued improvement and contributions from Hubert."
Rounding out the team's list of postseason honorees was Schneider, who was named to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team for the third year in a row. The team's lone captain, Schneider complemented his stellar work in the classroom with a strong year on the court, tying Doyley for the team-lead with nine singles victories while also amassing six doubles wins. On a team ravaged by injuries this year, Schneider battled through many of his own to play at four different singles spots and all three doubles positions in his final collegiate campaign.
"Danny is truly one of a kind," said Berrigan. "On the court, he's done everything we've asked of him, despite dealing with a number of injuries that have nagged him over the last couple of seasons. Off the court, he has been critical to our success due to his leadership, personality, and his tremendous accomplishments in the classroom."