Flushing, N.Y. — Lena Dimmer showed Friday why she is the two-time reigning East Coast Conference Player of the year.
With the third-seeded NYIT and second-seeded LIU Post women's tennis teams deadlocked at four matches apiece in an ECC Championships semifinal at Queens College, Dimmer overcame a one-set deficit and avenged a regular-season loss to Lara Scholtze at first singles.
Dimmer defeated Scholtze, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, at first singles to send the five-time-defending ECC champion Bears into the finals on Saturday at noon against host and top-seeded Queens.
"It was an unbelievable battle," Dimmer said. "I just wanted my revenge since I lost to her the last time we played. These are my last ECCs, and I want to finish strong. Thanks to my amazing teammates and their support, I was able to turn around the match and get the 'W' for us."
It was a big day on multiple fronts for Dimmer.
Before the semifinal match, ECC commissioner Bob Dranoff presented Dimmer with the inaugural Elite 18 award for having the top GPA of any student-athlete among the four women's tennis teams competing in the league championships. One student-athlete receives the award for each of the 18 sports sponsored by the ECC. Dimmer has produced a 4.0 GPA since arriving at NYIT for the 2016-17 season.
Dimmer this week earned her second straight ECC Player of the Year Award. And Alessia Rossetti and Dimmer both were named first-team All-ECC, while Ivana Andric was named ECC Rookie of the Year.
Dimmer also won the Intercollegiate Tennis Association East Region singles and doubles championships, teaming with Rossetti for the latter feat. The duo came within one win of a national doubles championship at the ITA Oracle Cup in Rome, Ga.
On Friday against LIU Post, the Bears trailed 2-1 after doubles play, with Rossetti and freshman Kaitlyn Byrnes at second doubles earning the victory for NYIT. But Rossetti, Andric, Antonella Lopez Alcerro and then Dimmer all pulled out singles wins to avenge a 5-4 loss at LIU Post on Oct. 7.
NYIT now faces a stern test against host Queens on Saturday as the Bears (7-3) try to earn their sixth straight league title. The Knights topped NYIT 7-1 on Oct. 18, although Rossetti and Rosa LaCorte both had medical issues that day and the Bears had to retire or forfeit three matches.
Provided by the NYIT Sports Information Department.