July 11, 2016



Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College senior captain Sadie Campanella (Chepachet, RI) was named the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) Jill Craybas Award recipient, signifying her as the Rhode Island Women’s College Player of the Year.


The award will be presented during USTA New England's on-court awards’ ceremony at the Tennis Hall of Fame Championships on Tuesday, July 12 in Newport. Campanella is currently studying abroad in England and her parents will accept the award on her behalf. 


The awards are presented by USTA Rhode Island to the male and the female college players of the year who are from the Ocean State, but not necessarily playing at a Rhode Island school. Roger Williams senior Eric Laboissonniere will receive the Andy Chase/Gordie Ernst Award on the men’s side.



 Sadie Campanella (left) and Jill Craybas (right) in London.


Campanella wrapped up her career at Rhode Island College with a 41-19 (.683) career singles record and a 41-20 (.672) career doubles record for 61.5 career points from 2012-15. She is seventh all-time in program history in career points. Her 41 singles wins puts Campanella in a tie for eighth all-time, while her 41 doubles victories ranks seventh-best in school history.


As a senior in 2015, Campanella was named First Team All-Little East at No. 2 singles. She was 12-3 (.800) at No. 2 singles and 12-3 (.800) at No. 2 doubles for 18.0 points. (.800). Campanella posted a perfect 8-0 mark in LEC singles play, going an astounding 9-1 in her last 10 matches.


As a junior in 2014, Campanella was named First Team All-Little East at No. 2 doubles. She posted a 13-3 (.813) record at No. 1 singles and was 14-1 (.933) at No. 2 doubles for 20.0 points. Campanella was named the Little East Player of the Week once on the season.


As a sophomore in 2013, she was 9-7 (.563) at No. 1 singles and 9-8 (.529) at No. 1 doubles for 13.5 points on the season. Campanella was named the Little East Conference Player of the Week once on the season. She finished the season tied for fourth on the team in singles victories.


As a freshman in 2012, Campanella was named the 2012 Little East Conference Women's Tennis Rookie of the Year. She was 7-6 (.538) at No. 1 singles and 6-8 (.429) at No. 1 doubles for 10.0 points. She led the Anchorwomen in doubles victories, ranked second on the team in points and finished third on the team in singles wins. She was named the league’s Rookie of the Week twice on the season.


Campanella is an English major and a 2012 graduate of Ponaganset High School.



JILLCRAYBAS – A native of East Greenwich, Craybas is the most successful tennis player in Rhode Island history. She was a RIISL high school state singles champion for the Lincoln School and captured the 1996 NCAA singles championship for the University of Florida, when she was the National College Player of the Year. She is the only player in NCAA history to be a member of Division I championship teams at two different schools (Texas and Florida). A two-time SEC Player of the Year, she finished her college career with a 124-18 record. A Florida Gator Hall of Famer, she played nearly 20 years on the WTA Tour. She won the 2002 Japan Open and five doubles titles on the main tour. She was ranked as high as No. 3 in the United States and No. 41 in the world. A regular for the United States Fed Cup team. Her most notable result came at Wimbledon in 2005, where she defeated Serena Williams and Marion Bartoli.