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The Blue Jays excelled in doubles play, as well. Backed by a 17–4 record from Bryan Metz ’11 and Whitman, and an 11–6 mark from Arrea and Josh Riehl ’13, E-town won more than 71 percent of its 77 contested doubles matches this past season. Arrea and Riehl were All-Commonwealth Conference First Team picks, while Dylan Haefner ’14 was named conference Rookie of the Year and Matt Helsel ’07 took home Coach of the Year honors.

Women’s Tennis

The Blue Jay women won their second straight Commonwealth Conference Championship and made their third trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament in program history, before being defeated by nationally-ranked Carnegie Mellon to put the wraps on a 12–6 season.

Led by Sarah Poulle ’12, with a 15–2 singles record, E-town won nine of its last 11 matches, including the league title match against Lebanon Valley on April 30. Three singles players recorded 14 wins or more, a group that included No. 1, Madison Pipkin ’13 (14–8). Kristi Noecker ’13, a regular at No. 4 for

the Jays also was on that list. Coupled with the efforts of its remaining singles lineup of Alena Marani ’13, Allison Burkhardt ’13 and Kelly Fisher ’11, Elizabethtown built up an overall singles record of 77–47 in 2010–2011.

Marani, E-town’s No. 2 singles player, had a strong showing in the conference tournament, where she claimed most valuable player honors.

Head coach Matt Helsel’s group was 41–25 in doubles play during the 2010–2011 season. The Jays registered exactly the same .621 winning percentage in singles and doubles competition. Fisher and court mate Ashley Babula ’14 teamed together to garner a program best 9–2 record, but Noecker and Pipkin were close behind at 8–3. E-town entered the NCAA Tournament with 13 wins in its last 15 doubles sets.

Men’s Outdoor Track and Field

First-year runner Matt Rever ’14 qualified for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships in the 800 meters and the Blue Jays completed a strong season with 25 All-MAC performances and a third place finish at the conference championships. Chris Heisey ’11 won the 10,000 meters on the opening day of the conference meet and the 4x800 meter team of Jake Blanton ’13, Ian Hamilton ’14, Russell Speiden ’12 and Rever also earned gold. Heisey and Speiden continued to run well into the final day of the meet. Heisey won the 5,000 meters, while Speiden, an All-American during the indoor season in the mile, was victorious in the 1,500 meters.

Off the track, the Blue Jays had two conference champions. Kevin Brady ’14 set a new career-best mark and the fourth best in program history when he cleared 14'–31/4" in the pole vault to win the event. Trevin Fauntleroy ’14 claimed gold in the triple jump by besting 15 competitors with a best mark of 44'–51/2".

Women’s Track and Field

The Blue Jays took second place at the 2011 MAC Outdoor Championships, marking the third consecutive season in which they’ve done so. E-town claimed five gold medals and 23 all-conference efforts in the three-day meet held at Messiah College.

Senior Kristen O’Brien ’12 won the 10,000 meters on the meet’s opening day and Allie Gold ’12 followed with a victory in the heptathlon on day two. On Saturday, the

The men’s tennis team poses with the championship plaque after winning the program’s second conference title. In winning the conference crown, E-town automatically qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament.

E-town’s women’s tennis team went back-to-back in 2010–2011, winning its second straight Commonwealth Conference Championship. The Blue Jays made its third appearance of all-time in the NCAA Tournament.

Freshman Matt Rever competed in the 800m at the 2011 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Rever finished 12th.

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