2018-19 The Berkshire Eagle All Stars: Tennis
Boys Player of the YearAdam Quinto, Pittsfield, junior
Quinto stepped up as the No. 1 singles player for the Generals this season, and played a big role in the team going 12-2 on the year and earning a spot in the Western Mass. Division I field. In addition to his efforts on the team, Quinto also earned the No. 8 seed in the Western Mass. Individuals tournament, the highest seed for any Berkshire County individual player. He finished 9-3 in his individual matches on the season. One big highlight came in the team's match against Belchertown, where Quinto's win over Maxim Caron at first singles helped the Generals pull out a 3-2 team win.
Girls Player of the Year
Ava Martin, Lee, senior
Martin's senior season was played mostly at first singles, where she excelled with a record of 15-3. Martin dropped only one match during the regular season, and needed three sets to defeat an opponent just once. Her success was no surprise to her coach, Norma Comalli, as Martin's work ethic was unmatched as she often stayed late after practice to focus on her skills. Not only did Martin help the Wildcats to the D-III state championship, but she earned the third seed in the 2019 Western Mass. Individuals Tournament. The senior, almost always seen wearing a white New York Yankees visor, closed her five-year varsity career with a record of 76-13 and back-to-back Western Mass. championships.
Boys Coach of the Year
Daniel "Shane" Sullivan, Pittsfield
Sullivan, himself influenced by legendary Lee boys tennis coach John Perry, has brought the Generals to some tall heights. Sullivan's Generals were the Berkshire League champions this year, and earned a spot in the Western Mass. Division I tournament field. Sullivan's work extends from getting the most out of his top individual players, to teaching the game to newcomers interested in coming out.
Girls Coach of the Year
John Jacobbe, Mount Greylock
Jacobbe's Mounties were a youthful bunch this year, but that didn't set the team back as Greylock qualified for the Western Mass. Division III tournament. Greylock had just one senior see regular playing time this year, going 12-2 in the process, with losses to Western Mass. champion Lee. In the postseason, the Mounties hit the road and earned a win over Greenfield in the first round.
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