The Women’s Tennis Team hopes to get another successful season underway this Saturday, Jan 30 as they host Baldwin Wallace (Ohio) in their first dual match of the season.
The women enter the season ranked #38 in the preseason NCAA Division III national poll. The Hornets are also ranked #8 in the Central Region as a team. This will surely put a target on their backs as teams almost always play their best when playing Kalamazoo.
The Hornets will be led again this year by star player Sarah Woods K’16, who enters the season ranked #19 nationally and #5 regionally as an individual player. Woods is also a three time MIAA MVP and a three time member of the All-MIAA First Team. She has a career 22-0 record in singles in the MIAA.
Woods and doubles partner Maria Franco K’18 enter the season ranked #10 in the region in doubles. Franco went 5-1 last MIAA season in doubles matches.
The team will also boast a strong upperclassmen lineup including Katie Clark K’16, Elizabeth Tyburski K’16, Sabrina Dass K’17, Eloise Germic K’17 and Siani Johnson K’17. Sophomore Alexandria Oswalt and first years Sonal Bahl and Maya Srkalovic round out the roster.
The Hornets will be trying to get back to their conference championship level from two seasons ago, when they swept the regular MIAA season (8-0) before falling in the postseason conference championship. Last season the women went 7-1 in MIAA play with their only loss coming to Hope in regular season play. The Hornets also fell to Hope for a third straight year in the postseason conference championship.
This season Coach Murphy will be hoping to bring home some hardware and he has plenty of time to prepare his girls for the upcoming season. Between now and the start of the MIAA season is 49 days. These 49 days will allow the women to play three out of conference dual matches and following their first MIAA match against Olivet on March 16 the women will be taking a spring break trip to play in Texas.