Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College first-year Melita Ferjanic (Samobor, Croatia) was selected as an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III All-American as a singles player and as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women's Tennis Rookie of the Year. Assistant coach Joanne Schickerling received ITA National and Northeast Regional Division III Assistant Coach of the Year honors, while Ferjanic was also named to the All-NESCAC First Team as a singles player, and joined senior co-captain doubles partner Hillary Hoyt (New York, N.Y.) on the All-NESCAC Second Team. Trinity, coached by Wendy Bartlett (29th Season), finished the 2012-13 season with an 11-7 record and a 3-4 mark in the NESCAC. The Bantams closed 2012-13 as the No. 6-ranked team in the Northeast region and No. 18 in the nation.
Ferjanic was 12-9 as Trinity's top singles player, while Hoyt, a three-time All-NESCAC honoree in singles, was 13-9 at the No. 2 position in the singles lineup. Ferjanic/Hoyt was 16-9 as a doubles tandem, and reached the ITA Regional Championship Semifinals together during the fall season. The duo finished the year as the No. 6-ranked doubles team in the Norheast and the No. 19-ranked doubles tandem nationally. Ferjanic, who finished 2012-13 as the No. 6-ranked singles player in the Northeast and No. 15 nationally, qualified for the NCAA Division III Singles Championships this spring, falling to quarterfinalist Sarah Woods, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, in the opening round. She is the daughter of Franjo and Vladka Ferjanic.
A four-year starter for the Bantams in both singles and doubles, Hoyt was an All-NESCAC singles player the last two seasons, and earned NESCAC All-Sportsmanship recognition in 2010-11. She closed her outstanding career with a 43-29 singles mark, tying her for fifth all-time at the College in singles wins, and her 40 doubles wins ties her for second all-time at Trinity. Hoyt is also second on the College's all-time list with 83 career combined wins in both singles and doubles. An alum of Deerfield Academy, Hoyt graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in history and International Studies. She is daughter of Blair and Alexander Hoyt.
Schickerling completed her fifth season as an assistant women's squash and women's tennis coach at Trinity, having been promoted to a full-time coach for both teams in 2011. She has played a critical role in Trinity's consistent improvement over her tenure with the squad. A graduate of Indiana State, Schickerling is a native of South Africa.