TROY, N.Y. – The Liberty League has announced its weekly award winners in women’s and men’s tennis and three Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) student-athletes have been recognized. Jessica Sitzer was named the women’s Performer and Rookie of the Week, while Jarrett Regier and Andre Vorbrodt garnered Performer and Rookie of the Week, respectively, on the men’s side.
Sitzer, a senior captain from Rockaway, N.J., helped RPI go 1-1 last week, posting a 2-0 record at first singles. She was the Engineers’ only winner in an 8-1 loss at Mt. Holyoke, winning a tough 2-6, 6-4 (11-9) battle. She also lost a tough match at first doubles, 9-8, (7-0). Sitzer then won in straight sets (6-0, 6-0) at #1 singles and fell in #1 doubles (8-6) as the Engineers defeated Smith, 5-1.
The West Morris Central High School graduate has had an outstanding spring campaign, going 5-1 at first singles with a 3-3 mark in first doubles. A two-time Liberty League Performer of the Week selection this season, she has rebounded from a tough fall season in which she went 1-5 in singles action and 3-4 at first flight doubles.
A rookie out of East Amherst, N.Y., Regier posted a pair of commanding victories in RPI’s only match last week – a 9-0 win at Bard. He won at first singles in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0 and along with partner Patrick Russo (East Northport, NY/East Northport), won at first doubles by an 8-1 margin.
This is the third weekly honor for Regier, who continues to have a fantastic spring season after not competing during the fall. Through seven meets in 2011, the Clarence High School graduate has helped RPI to a 4-5 record, going 6-1 at first singles and 4-3 in first flight doubles.
Garnering Rookie of the Week for the first time was Vorbrodt, an Allendale, N.J., native who won in both singles and doubles action against Bard. He was victorious in the second flight by a 6-1, 6-2 margin. Then, along with partner Kyle Borton (Bolton, CT/Bolton), he captured an 8-1 victory in second flight doubles.
A former standout at Northern Highlands Regional High School, Vorbrodt had posted a solid record through nine contests. He has gone 4-3 since moving to second singles, having opened the year with an 0-2 record in the first flight. Additionally, Vorbrodt has posted a 6-3 record at second doubles with Borton.