Women's Tennis Season Preview
CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- The Washington College women's tennis team embarks on its quest for a fourth consecutive Centennial Conference Tournament appearance with a relatively young roster comprised of one returning senior, three returning sophomores, one freshman, and two upperclassmen playing their first year of varsity collegiate tennis.
Sophomore April Weaver (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) returns as the Shorewomen's top singles player. Weaver went 11-6 at No. 1 singles last spring for the Shorewomen, including an 8-2 mark in Centennial Conference play, and was named the Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year. She was also chosen as the team's Most Valuable Player and was named to the All-Centennial Conference second team in singles and an All-Centennial Conference honorable mention in doubles. This past fall, she advanced to the championship draw singles quarterfinals of the ITA Southeast Regional Championships. Weaver will open the spring season ranked 10th in the Atlantic South region in singles.
The Shorewomen welcome back two more sophomores who had impressive freshman campaigns. Blair Kang (Gangnam, South Korea/Westhill [Conn.]) teamed with Weaver to post a 15-3 record at No. 2 doubles last spring to earn All-Centennial honorable mention and posted a 9-8 mark at No. 4 singles. Marielle McIntyre (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom), meanwhile, was 13-3 at No. 5 singles a year ago and ended the season with five straight wins. She also played No. 1 doubles.
Team captain Amy Stevens (Street, Md./North Harford), the team's lone senior, played No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles a year ago. She completes the Shorewomen's quartet of returning players. Stevens shared last year's Most Improved Player award with McIntyre.
Junior Emily Evans (West Chester, Pa./Henderson) is playing her first year of varsity tennis, but spent the last two years as president of the College's club tennis team. Sophomore Monica Benitez (Nutley, N.J./Nutley) spent her freshman year on the women's rowing team. Freshman Tricia Valerio (Lincroft, N.J./Middletown South) rounds out the roster.
Last spring's 7-11 overall record included losses to eight regionally-ranked teams. This year's schedule includes matches against seven teams appearing in the ITA Atlantic South preseason rankings - Johns Hopkins (second), Mary Washington (fifth), Salisbury (seventh), Swarthmore (eighth), Christopher Newport (12th), Dickinson (15th), and Haverford (15th). Johns Hopkins (seventh) and Mary Washington (21st) are also ranked nationally in Division III.
David Donn is back for his third season as the Shorewomen's head coach. Darrell Wilson is in his first year as the team's assistant coach.
The Shorewomen will open their 2014 dual-match schedule March 8th with a 1:00 p.m. match at St. Mary's College of Maryland. They will begin both their home and Centennial Conference schedules March 22nd with a 1:00 p.m. match against Dickinson.